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In Brief: Bail for teen in mugging case

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy who mugged an elderly woman after she collected her pension has been remanded on bail pending sentence and has had his movements restricted.

The boy, who was 13 at the time of the attack, has pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to robbing the 68-year-old woman of a handbag containing €230, in south Dublin.

Judge Grainne Malone remanded him on bail to appear again next week. She changed his bail conditions allowing him to visit one of his parents, but only if he is in the company of a care worker.

The boy has also admitted carrying a screwdriver as a weapon while travelling on the Luas on May 18 last year.



Earthquake hits Indonesia

A POWERFUL earthquake jolted western Indonesia early today, killing a man and sending panicked residents fleeing from homes in Sumatra's northern tip.

The magnitude 6.6 quake hit about 7.30 local time.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho from the National Disaster Management Agency said a 70-year-old man who was suffering from hypertension died as he fled in panic.



Clues found in Earhart mystery

DESPITE a month-long hunt for Amelia Earhart's plane wreckage turning up nothing definitive, the searchers say they have a trove of evidence that will help shed light on what happened to the famed aviator 75 years ago.

The aviation pioneer, who was the first female pilot to cross the Atlantic, vanished on a flight from New Guinea to Howland Island on July 2, 1937. She was attempting to be the first woman to circumnavigate the globe.



Bull suspect in woman's death

A WANDERING bull that forced the closure of a Vietnam airport has been captured and later died. Authorities said it may have killed an elderly villager.

The bull was tranquillised yesterday afternoon and removed from Phu Bai Airport, where 12 flights had been affected.

Local village chief Nguyen Hai said an 85-year-old woman was found dead with severe facial wounds outside her home on Monday.

The bull is suspected of butting her.