Friday 15 December 2017

Fleeing history of girl in care

A 17-YEAR-OLD girl who has repeatedly absconded from HSE care went missing for four nights since last Thursday, the Dublin Children's Court heard.

The teenager has pleaded guilty to criminal damage to a door, at a children's care home in north Dublin, on May 30 last.

Eoghan Wallace, solicitor for the HSE, furnished Judge Smyth with a report yesterday on the troubled teen and said that referrals may be made for "high support special care" placement for the girl. Judge Smyth remanded the girl on bail to appear again today to consider the report's contents.

Claim over Red Shirts training

Members of Thailand's anti-government Red Shirt movement were trained in Cambodia to assassinate top leaders, including the prime minister, a security chief said.

Eleven men who were arrested last week in the northern Thai province of Chiang Mai were among 39 given ideological and combat training in a "neighbouring country", Lt Col Payao Thongsen, a senior investigator for the Department of Special Investigation, said. Cambodia has denied previous claims.

Clinton pushes for reform

US secretary of State Hillary Clinton is pressing for political reforms in the volatile Balkans in the hope they will lead to the region's full integration into the European Union and Nato.

Mrs Clinton arrived in Sarajevo, the capital of ethnically divided Bosnia-Herzegovina, which just held elections, to urge the country's new leadership to make EU membership a priority.

Race on for UN security seats

Germany, Portugal and Canada are in a heated race for two seats on the United Nations Security Council, with diplomats predicting a close vote.

The 192-member UN General Assembly is meeting to elect five countries to serve two-year terms on the UN's most powerful body from January 1. The race for two seats in the Western allied bloc is hotly contested, with lobbying by Germany, Portugal and Canada expected to continue.

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