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Boy (16) facing robbery charge

a 16-YEAR-OLD boy has appeared in court accused of taking part in a mugging in a shop in Co Kildare.

The teenager allegedly grabbed the female victim by her face and knocked her to the ground before her phone was taken, the Dublin Children's Court heard yesterday.

He faces a single of charge of robbery in connection with an incident in Leixlip in September.

The boy has not yet entered a plea and was ordered to appear again on November 27.

The teenager was banned from associating with six named individuals and was ordered to obey a curfew.

Search for ferry passenger

A search is under way for a woman who went missing from a ferry in the English Channel. The passenger was reported missing just after 1.30am when the Pride of Kent ferry was around six miles off the coast of Dover.

HM Coastguard said a "massive search" was launched.

The coastguard said a helicopter from Lee-on-Solent, RNLI lifeboats from Dungeness, Dover and Walmer, a lifeboat from Calais and a tug boat from the Port of Dover were all involved in the search.

Book on Thai royals banned

Thai police have banned imports of a book written by a Scottish journalist because they view it as insulting the country's monarchy.

The book, A Kingdom In Crisis by Andrew MacGregor Marshall, was released last week by British publishing house Zed Books.

It has contents that might affect national security and order, according to Thai national police.

According to the order, those violating the ban will face a maximum jail term of three years or a fine of 60,000 baht (€1,460), or both.

Mystery as Pele sent to hospital

Pele has been admitted to hospital for a "medical evaluation" after cancelling his appearance at an event in his museum.

The Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo did not disclose why the Brazilian football star was admitted.

Local media said the 74-year-old was suffering from stomach pain, but his condition was not serious.