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Saturday 23 September 2017

Boy (14) denies 'RIRA' graffiti

A 14-YEAR-OLD boy, who was arrested for allegedly writing 'RIRA' on a lamppost in Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to a criminal damage charge.

The teen, who appeared at the Children's Court, denied the charge, which was brought following an alleged graffiti incident last April, in west Dublin.

Judge Bryan Smyth remanded the boy, who was accompanied to his case by his mother, on continuing bail pending his hearing in March.

Garda Stephen Kelly had told the court earlier that "it is alleged that he was writing with a black marker the initials R-I-R-A on a lamppost."



NY cop's son



in rape probe

New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly is refusing to answer questions about his TV host son who has been accused of rape.

Mr Kelly told reporters that any questions about the case should be directed to the Manhattan district attorney's office. The DA is handling the case instead of the NYPD to avoid a conflict of interest.

Officials have said a woman reported went out with Greg Kelly on October 8 last year, had drinks and went back to her law office, where he assaulted her.

The officials say she told investigators she became pregnant and had an abortion.



Cuba jails six



for axing trees

Cuba has convicted six people of cutting down nine African mahogany trees in Havana's National Botanical Gardens and sentenced them to as long as 10 years in prison.

The men felled the trees on two occasions in December.

Authorities first began to notice trees disappearing from the gardens in 2008.



Norway 'sorry'



over Holocaust

Norway has apologised for the arrest and deportation of Jews during World War Two.

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said it was time the nation acknowledged that politicians and other Norwegians took part and expressed "deep regrets that this could have happened on Norwegian soil".

During the war, 772 Norwegian Jews and Jewish refugees were deported to Germany. Only 34 survived.

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