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In Brief: Man charged with gun terror

A DUBLIN man is to face trial after a court heard he allegedly pointed an imitation gun into the face of a 23-year-old woman and held it to the tip of her nose.

Gerard Nolan (43) has been accused of trespassing and producing an imitation firearm, at Manor Drive, Donaghmede, north Dublin, on November 30 last

Nolan, of The Orchard, Greenwood, Airfield, appeared at Dublin District Court yesterday.

He was remanded to appear again in September.

Primary pupils turning nastier

THE number of English primary school children being suspended for assaulting teachers and classmates is rising.

Around 89 youngsters aged between five and 11 were ordered out of the classroom each day in 2010/11, Department for Education statistics in the UK show.

In total, 850 children of all ages are given fixed-term expulsions every day for assaulting or verbally abusing their classmates and teachers, and almost 11 pupils are permanently excluded for verbal or physical attacks.

Forster takes Superstar role

Ben Forster will play Jesus Christ on stage after winning ITV's Superstar reality show.

The 31-year-old from Sunderland, England, will play the role in an arena tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Jesus Christ Superstar after getting the most public votes in the live final last night.

Ben, a stage-school graduate who has already appeared in the West End, pipped Rory Taylor (24) to claim the role, with former male model Roger Wright (41) coming third.

Asia picks its 'Nobel' awards

A mountaineer who faced death threats while battling illegal loggers and a lawyer who fought to keep old rusty ships from being dumped in her homeland are among this year's winners of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards.

The awards, which were announced today, are considered Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prizes.

They are named after a popular Philippine president who died in a plane crash in 1957.