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IN BRIEF: Diner boss on permit charges

THE operator of two Eddie Rockets diners is being prosecuted for employing foreign nationals without valid work permits.

The case was listed before Judge John O'Neill at the Dublin District Court.

Grattan Park Limited, trading as Eddie Rockets, is being prosecuted by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

Judge O'Neill granted an adjournment until a date in October; pleas to the charges have not yet been entered by the defendant company.

The food company faces seven counts relating to employment of three non-nationals at two of the 1950s- themed American style diners.

Tourists freed after abduction

Two American tourists and their Egyptian guide who were abducted by a Bedouin in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula last week were released unharmed after negotiations with security officials and tribal leaders.

Reverend Michel Louis (61) and Lissa Alphonse (39) had been kidnapped from a bus along with their guide, Haytham Ragab, on a Sinai road by a Bedouin who was demanding the release of his uncle, who had been detained by Egyptian police on suspicion of drug possession.

Boy (14) faces sex assault trial

A 14-year-old boy accused of groping a woman in Dublin city-centre will face trial in September.

The boy, who was aged 13 at the time of the alleged incident, has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting the woman, who is a foreign national, at Henry Street on February 13, 2011.

At Dublin Children's Court, Judge Colin Daly ordered that the boy, who is on bail, would face trial on September 24.

28 gold miners rescued in fire

Twenty-eight miners have been rescued from a New Zealand gold mine after a fire trapped the men underground for up to seven hours.

A truck engine caught fire at the Trio mine in the North Island town of Waihi. The ventilation system pumped smoke through the mine that could be seen coming out the vent shaft.