Wednesday 16 January 2019

Teen remanded on sex charge

A YOUTH, who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman after she asked him for directions, has been further remanded in custody.

The Dublin Children's Court heard that a psychiatrist is to carry out an assessment of the teenager.

The now 18-year-old has been charged with sexual assault of the woman, in south Dublin, on a date last March.

He was aged 17, a juvenile, at the time and had been refused bail due to the seriousness of the allegations.

The case was adjourned until next week.

Top Egyptians in fraud probe

Two former Cabinet ministers and a tycoon once prominent in Egypt's ruling party have been arrested on suspicion of corruption.

They are former housing minister Ahmed Maghrabi, ex-tourism minister Zuheir Garana and Ahmed Ezz, a steel tycoon who was a leader in the ruling party led by ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

Officials said yesterday the three would be held for 15 days pending the completion of a probe into the corruption allegations.

Obama birth cert sale axed

Hawaiin politicians have thrown out a proposal to sell copies of US president Barack Obama's birth records for $100 (f73).

Hawaii house health committee chairman Ryan Yamane said he would not consider the legislation because he did not think it was appropriate to sell private information to the public.

State privacy laws bar the release of birth records unless the requester is someone with a tangible interest, such as a close family member.

So-called "birthers" claim there's no proof Mr Obama was born in the US and he is therefore ineligible to be president.

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