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Sunday 22 October 2017

Fake gun used to steal sweets

TWO teenage boys have pleaded guilty to taking part in armed raids in Dublin last October in which an imitation handgun was pointed at shop keepers before €30 worth of sweets were stolen.

The boys, aged 14 and 17, were before the Dublin Children's Court and have been remanded on bail by Judge John O'Connor pending sentencing in September. The pair were chased out of one store but then went to another where the balaclava masked 14-year-old pointed the gun at the shop assistant before his accomplice entered and grabbed a box of sweets.

Beijing to cut heavy industry

China's overgrown and smog-hit capital Beijing has passed new rules banning the expansion of polluting and resource-intensive industries, the local government has said.

The proposals ban the further expansion of a wide range of industries, including food processing, textiles, construction materials, paper making, chemicals and oil refining.

Beijing has been under heavy pressure to end its obsession with industrial growth, which has left the city choking with smog.

Germany to spy on UK and US

Germany has ordered surveillance to begin of British and US intelligence gathering on its soil for the first time since 1945.

Under the decision, any US and British intelligence operations in Germany will be subject to the same counter-espionage measures as those of Russia, China and Iran. The unprecedented move is a direct response to a series of spy scandals that have upset British and US relations with Germany in the past year.

Dr Who returns on big screen

Doctor Who's return next month is to materialise in cinemas around the world to coincide with its screening on BBC1.

The first feature-length edition of the new series, called Deep Breath, will be beamed into screens around the globe from August 23 with Peter Capaldi taking on the role of The Doctor. It follows international cinema performances at 1,500 venues last year for the 50th anniversary edition of the show.

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