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Tuesday 16 January 2018

In Brief: Teenagers on racism charge

THREE teenage boys have been charged over a suspected racially motivated attack on a foreign national in Dublin last year.

Two 15-year-olds and a 14-year-old appeared at the Dublin Children's Court accused of possessing metal poles as weapons, allegedly used to intimidate the man.

One of the 15-year-olds and the 14-year-old also face an additional charge of assault.

Judge Ann Ryan heard that the incident involved a man being attacked in what was suspected to be a racially motivated incident.

She remanded the boys on bail to appear again later this month.



Harvard tutor had cannabis

An elite US university instructor who was caught with marijuana hidden in her underwear at Bermuda's airport was released by a judge.

Mey Akashah, an environmental health instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health, admitted bringing six grams of cannabis for a weekend trip with her husband, but said a doctor prescribed it for medical reasons.

She was detained after her flight when sniffer dogs alerted airport authorities.



No rescue for



French journo

Colombia's defence minister said his government has not launched any special rescue mission for a French journalist who was accompanying a counterdrug mission when it was attacked by leftist rebels.

France's foreign ministry says it holds the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia responsible for the disappearance of journalist Romeo Langlois and called for his immediate release.

Defence minister Juan Carlos Pinzon said authorities do not know his whereabouts.



Delta Air Lines



buys refinery

Delta Air Lines said that it will buy a refinery near Philadelphia in the hope of slicing $300m (¤226m) a year from its jet fuel bill.

Delta said a subsidiary will buy the Trainer, Pennsylvania, refinery from a refining company.

Delta is paying $150m (¤113m), including $30m (¤23m) in job-creation assistance it expects to get from the state.

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