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Man mugged boy aged 14

A man has been given a suspended sentence for mugging a 14-year-old schoolboy and urged by a judge to use golf champion Rory McIlroy as inspiration in life.

David Saunders (19) of Fassaugh Avenue, in Cabra, in Dublin was found guilty at the Children's Court of robbery of a phone and MP3 player from a now 16-year-old boy, on March 2 last year at Confey Road, in Leixlip, Co Kildare.

The judge imposed a 10-month sentence which was suspended on condition that Saunders keeps the peace for the next 12 months.

Galliano on trial in racism case

Former Dior designer John Galliano, who is alleged to have hurled racial insults at three people in a Paris cafe, was due to face his accusers at his trial today.

The racism claims cost him his job.

His lawyer, Aurelien Hamelle, said he would be present at the Paris trial.

Galliano (50) is charged with public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity and could face up to six months in prison and ¤22,000 in fines.

Qantas settles over engine

Australia's flagship carrier Qantas has said it had reached a AU$95m ($70m) settlement with engine maker Rolls-Royce over last year's mid-air disintegration of a superjumbo engine, which temporarily forced the grounding of its entire fleet of A380s.

Qantas's Irish CEO Alan Joyce said the terms of the agreement are confidential, but said the settlement's profit and loss impact would amount to a AU$95m boost to the airline's bottom line.

Diabetes risk from statins

High doses of widely prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs increase the risk of diabetes, a study has shown.

A review of clinical trial data found that patients intensively treated with statins were 12pc more likely to develop type-2 diabetes than those given moderate doses.

But the effect was balanced by a 16pc reduced risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and strokes.