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Sunday 16 December 2018

Boy accused of attacking dad

A 14-YEAR-OLD Dublin boy charged with attacking his father has been banned from his own locality.

After spending more than two weeks in a detention centre he was allowed take up bail once child welfare agencies find him somewhere to live, a judge ordered yesterday. The Dublin Children's Court heard his parents were not willing to take him in, and the judge ordered him to stay away from the family home and locality. His case resumes next week.

Fires spread out of control

More residents of Northern California mountain communities were told to leave their homes after an out-of-control wildfire doubled in size, scorching more than 259 sq km of drought-parched timber and brush.

More than 3,800 firefighters battled to stop the march of the King Fire, the largest and most dangerous of 11 major wildfires raging across California, but had managed to cut containment lines around just 10pc of the flames, officials said.

Russia may limit web data

Russia must think about protecting its internet against threats from the West, a Kremlin spokesman has claimed in comments that one prominent critic said could herald moves to control all web-based data exchanges with the rest of the world.

The Kremlin has dismissed accusations that it wants to isolate the Russian internet, repeatedly saying its only concern is to ensure national security, especially as relations with the West have plunged to Cold War lows over Ukraine.

NASA makes room for tourist

Boeing Co's proposal to develop a so-called space taxi for NASA astronauts includes a seat for paying tourists to fly to the International Space Station, the company's program manager said, a first for a US space program.

The $4.2bn (€3.2bn), five-year contract allows Boeing to sell rides to tourists, Boeing's John Mulholland told reporters, adding that the price would be competitive with what the Russian space agency now charges to fly tourists to the orbital outpost.

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