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Tuesday 19 September 2017

Teen accused of garda attack

A teenager accused of causing serious bodily harm to a garda, who was pinned to a wall by a stolen car on Halloween night, is to face a hearing next month to determine the venue for his trial.

Garda Linda Bury was treated in hospital for leg injuries after the incident on Blackditch Road, in Ballyfermot, Dublin, the Dublin Children's Court has heard.

The boy (15) was initially remanded in custody in November but was granted conditional bail on December 5 and appeared again at the Children's Court yesterday.

Judge Bryan Smyth remanded the teenager to appear again on February 10 for a decision on the venue for his trial.



BBC defends Top Gear jokes

Top Gear bosses have rejected claims that the show's India special was insulting -- and said it was instead a "warts and all" portrayal of the country.

The Christmas edition led to Indian diplomats making a complaint to the BBC about what they regarded as a "disgusting" episode.

But programme chiefs have now said the jokes were at the expense of presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond rather than the Indian people.



Bomb suspect



escapes police

The suspected mastermind of the Christmas Day bombing of a Catholic church in Nigeria has escaped from custody after being arrested in the country's capital Abuja.

Authorities said Kabiru Sokoto planned the bombing that killed 38 people at St Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla, just outside Abuja.

A police spokesman said officers escorting him during a prison transfer were attacked by suspected members of the radical sect known as Boko Haram, who freed him.

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