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In Brief: City ban for boy on theft charge

A 14-YEAR-OLD boy has been barred from Dublin city centre after he was charged with theft of a set of designer headphones from a woman.

He is accused of criminal damage and theft of her Beats by Dr Dre headphones, worth ¤290, at Aston Quay, Dublin 2, on March 31 last.

Garda Joe Lowney told Dublin Children's Court that it would be alleged the boy "pulled them from her and damaged them". The woman (19) was not injured but was upset, the court heard.

The teenager, who lives in north west Dublin, has not yet entered pleas to the charges, and was granted legal aid.

He was ordered to appear again in four weeks.



Gay marriage to become policy

US Democrats are moving to include support for gay marriage in its official policy statement for the first time.

The party's platform drafting committee voted to include language backing gay marriage during a weekend meeting in Minneapolis.

Democratic delegates will formally approve the platform during the party convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, in early September.



Jail for string of pub break-ins

An "incorrigible burglar" previously acquitted of the killing of Offaly publican Matt Farrell has been jailed for four- and-a-half years for a string of pub break-ins.

According to his own counsel, Eddie Wing (31) was a source of significant criminality in the Midlands before he was caught and charged with five burglaries committed over two-months.

Last March a jury found Wing, of Roscrea, Co Tipperary, not guilty of the manslaughter of Mr Farrell during a burglary of his pub in April 2009. Wing has 46 previous convictions, including six other pub burglaries, theft and forgery.



Seven killed as typhoon sweeps

A typhoon dumped torrents of rain as it swept past the Philippines, killing at least seven people and displacing more than 20,000 others.

Another storm lashed the capital and neighbouring provinces, leaving several parts of Manila without power and under water.