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Boy charged with car arson

A 17-YEAR-OLD boy has been accused of causing €11,000 worth of damages during an arson where a car was set on fire.

The north Dublin boy (16) was arrested earlier this month for the purpose of being charged and appeared at the Children's Court yesterday.

He is charged with criminal damage to a 2004-registered Mercedes at St Joseph's Parade, Dorset Street on April 14, 2011.

Judge Ryan remanded the teenager, who is unemployed and waiting to take up a place on a training course, on bail to appear again next month.


victim's payout

An Australian woman leading a class action lawsuit has reached a multi-million pound settlement with the British distributor of an anti-morning sickness drug that she says caused birth defects.

Lynette Rowe (50), of Melbourne, was born without arms or legs after her mother took the drug thalidomide while pregnant.

Thalidomide was given to pregnant women in the 1950s and 1960s as a treatment for morning sickness, but was removed from the market in 1961 after it was linked to birth defects.

Bomb kills 12

in Pakistan

A minibus carrying Shiite Muslims hit a roadside bomb in north-west Pakistan, killing 12 in the country's latest apparent sectarian attack.

The incident took place after the victims left Spai, a Shiite village in the Orakzai tribal area, said local government official Jamil Khan.

Attacks by Sunni militants on Shiites have been on the rise over the last year, especially in southwestern Baluchistan province.

Kim replaces

military leader

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been promoted to marshal, the military's highest rank.

State media made the announcement in a special bulletin after several days of reshuffling at the highest level of North Korea's military.

The changes are widely seen by outside observers as an attempt by the new leader to put his stamp on the government he inherited seven months ago when his father Kim Jong Il died.