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Friday 15 December 2017

In Brief: Man jailed for 'dealers' attack

A MAN who attacked two people he wrongly thought were dealing drugs to his niece has been jailed for a year.

Liam Doran (25), of Whitechurch Way, Rathfarnham, left the pair with black eyes and facial injuries.

Doran pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to innocent Luke Mulholland and Aaron Donoghue on October 28, 2009 at College Park in Ballinteer. Doran was extremely drunk, having drunk half a bottle of whiskey and taken prescription tablets, the court heard.



Boy (15) raped young cousin

A 15-year-old boy has admitted raping his male cousin last year.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping the victim, who is also a minor, at a Dublin location, on April 2, 2011.

Mr Justice Paul Carney registered the boy a sex offender, ordered the preparation of a victim impact report and adjourned sentencing to next March.



Peacekeepers held hostage

Three civilians with a peacekeeping force are being held by rebels in Sudan's Darfur and accused of being spies, a spokeswoman for the mission said.

A group of 55 joint United Nations/African Union peacekeepers including 50 Senegalese troops were blocked by the rebel Justice and Equality Movement from passing through a village in north west Darfur.

While most of the group was allowed to move ahead, three including a Yemeni policeman and two Sudanese translators were kept behind.



Miracle shrine near collapse

A historic monastery where an apostle of Jesus Christ is said to have performed miracles is close to caving in and needs immediate repairs, the leader of Cyprus' Orthodox Christian Church said.

Archbishop Chrysostomos II urged Greek Cypriot pilgrims not to travel to the Apostolos Andreas -- or Saint Andrew -- monastery in the breakaway Turkish part of northern Cyprus for fear it could collapse.

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