In Brief: Beggar stole iPhone in bar
A THIEF claimed to be begging for money his children when he snatched a pubgoer's iPhone while her friend gave him cash.
Daniel Anghel (36) placed a sign on a table the victim was sitting at, then picked up her phone when he was taking the sign back.
The accused, of Virginia Heights, Springfield, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to theft at Foley's Bar on Merrion Row at 9.15pm on January 5 last.
"He gets money from her colleague and then he does the meanest thing possible -- he takes her phone," Judge Cormac Dunne said, fining Anghel €400.
Tributes mark Kim's birthday
Two months after the death of Kim Jong Il, North Koreans commemorated what would have been his 70th birthday with the flowers that bear his name.
People bowed and laid flowers, including red "kimjongilia" begonias, at a portrait of Kim Jong Il hanging on the Grand People's Study House at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang.
Kim Jong Il died on December 17 of a heart attack, propelling his young son, Kim Jong Un, into the seat of power.
Teacher faces sack in jail row
A New York City teacher may lose her job after telling her pupils to make Christmas cards for a jailed friend.
Queens teacher Melissa Dean asked her fifth-graders to make the cards for someone who was lonely. She sent the cards -- some including children's names and addresses -- to a prisoner serving time for weapons offences and breaking a protection order.
The cards were intercepted by prison officials. The Department of Education is seeking to sack Ms Dean.
Tenor Anthony dies, aged 82
Charles Anthony, a character singer who set the record for most appearances at New York's Metropolitan Opera -- 2,928 -- during a career that spanned from 1954 to 2010, has died at 82.
Anthony, a tenor, died at his home in Tampa, Florida, from kidney failure following a long illness.
Anthony was a supporting singer for artists including Joan Sutherland and Jose Carreras.