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In Brief: Three boys on attack charges

THREE teenage boys have been charged over a serious attack on a male in Dublin at the weekend.

Two 14-year-olds and another boy aged 16 appeared at the Dublin Children's Court yesterday charged with assault.

The attack, which left a male in hospital with head injuries allegedly occurred on Saturday at Kilbarron Road, Kilmore, in north Dublin.

The three boys were remanded on bail by Judge Ann Ryan to appear again next month.



McDonald's in $700k payout

McDonald's and one of its franchise owners has agreed to pay $700,000 (¤523,000) to members of the Muslim community to settle allegations a restaurant falsely advertised its food as being prepared according to Islamic dietary law.

McDonald's and Finley's Management agreed to the settlement, with that money to be shared by Dearborn Heights resident Ahmed Ahmed, a Detroit health clinic, the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn and lawyers.

McDonald's and Finley's Management deny any liability but say the settlement is in their best interests.



Teen denies heroin deals

A TRIAL date has been set for a Dublin youth who denies claims he repeatedly sold deals of heroin to undercover gardai during a sting operation last year.

The 17-year-old boy has entered not guilty pleas to charges of possessing heroin for sale or supply.

Garda Michael Noone had told Judge Ann Ryan at the Dublin Children's Court that it was alleged that on each occasion "the accused sold €20 worth of diamorphine to undercover gardai".

His trial will take place on February 19.



Boys on grave robbery charge

Two teenagers dug up a grave, stole a skull and hid it as part of a plan to practise witchcraft, Fijian authorities claimed.

The teenagers, aged 17 and 19, are due to appear in court today charged with unlawfully disturbing the grave of a 60-year-old man who had died four years earlier.