Attack accused sent for trial
A YOUNG man accused of trespassing on a man's house and seriously assaulting him has been sent forward for trial.
Myles Byrne (21), of Ravenscourt, Finglas, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with serious assault and criminal trespass.
It is alleged that Byrne trespassed on a property at Ballygall Crescent in Finglas on June 25. He is also charged with seriously assaulting a man at his home during the same incident.
Pope attacks gay marriage
The Pope has taken his opposition to gay marriage to new heights, denouncing what he described as people manipulating their God-given gender to suit their sexual choices.
He said they were destroying the very "essence of the human creature" in the process. Benedict XVI made the comments in his annual Christmas speech to the Vatican bureaucracy.
He dedicated it this year to promoting family values in the face of campaigns in France, the United States, Britain and elsewhere to legalise same-sex marriage.
Google trio win on appeal
AN Italian appeals court has overturned the convictions of three Google executives who had been charged for a video on a Google site that showed a disabled teen being bullied.
A lower court in 2010 held the executives responsible for the posting of the video.
The verdict raised concerns that internet platforms could be forced to police their content and put European privacy concerns in contrast with the freewheeling nature of the internet.
Jobs' yacht held in port
The sleek, white superyacht Apple founder Steve Jobs commissioned before his death cannot leave the Netherlands due to a payment dispute.
Jobs collaborated on designing the 256ft all-aluminium Venus with French designer Philippe Starck.
According to Dutch newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad, Starck had been paid ¤6m by Jobs's heirs, but believed he was owed ¤9m. The boat cost ¤105m.