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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Armed teen shoots tourist

A DUBLIN youth has been remanded on bail pending sentence after he had admitted attacking a tourist by firing a pellet gun at him.

The pellet ricocheted and wounded the Brazilian in the face, Dublin Children's Court heard.

The youth, now aged 18, pleaded guilty yesterday to assault causing harm and attempted robbery of the tourist, at Railway Street, in central Dublin, on June 22 last year.

The teenager was remanded to appear again in March for sentencing.



Woman torches ancient tree

A Florida woman is in jail accused of starting a fire that destroyed one of the world's oldest cypress trees.

Florida investigators said two witnesses identified Sara Barnes (26) as the person who caused the 118ft bald cypress tree named The Senator to burn and collapse.

The Seminole County parks department said the tree was about 3,500 years old. Barnes also took photos of the fire with her mobile phone.

She told investigators she started the fire while trying to use illegal drugs.



Captain admits reef disaster

A captain and navigating officer of a cargo ship that ran aground on a New Zealand reef have pleaded guilty to a series of charges.

The men were responsible for the sailing path of the vessel Rena on October 5 last year when it ran aground on the Astrolabe reef.

In the days after the crash, the ship spilled about 400 tons of fuel oil, fouling beaches and killing thousands of seabirds in what has been labelled New Zealand's worst maritime environmental disaster.



Chemical blast kills 16 in China

Fears of new blasts have halted rescue efforts at a China chemical plant where an explosion killed at least 16 people, injured more than 40 and left dozens more missing.

About 100 people were working at the plant in Hebei province's Zhaoxian county when the blast flattened a workshop.

The blast happened during the production of a high-energy fuel and propellant, guanidine nitrate.

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