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News in brief: Aspergers boy drove stolen car

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy who suffers from Asperger's Syndrome was caught driving a stolen car after he had been given a six-year road ban, the Dublin Children's Court was told.

He had been found guilty of driving a stolen Honda Civic in Ballyfermot, in west Dublin, on March 2 last and being intoxicated in public on another date.

He had denied the charges but was found guilty following a hearing yesterday.

Judge Ann Ryan agreed to adjourn sentencing until September for a probation report. The boy was remanded on continuing bail.

Byron's violin sells for ¤11m

A rare Stradivarius violin that once belonged to the granddaughter of English poet Lord Byron sold for a record £9.8m (¤11m) at auction in a charity sale for Japanese disaster relief.

The 1721 violin was bought by an anonymous bidder yesterday for around four times the previous auction record for a Stradivari violin, according to Tarisio, the online auction house for fine instruments.

Proceeds from the sale will go to aid Japan after the recent natural disasters.

Oz airports closed by ash

International and domestic flights through Australian airports were cancelled today as an ash cloud from a Chilean volcano moved into the country's airspace.

Ash from the Cordon Caulle volcano grounded hundreds of flights and stranded tens of thousands of passengers last week when it hovered over several Australian cities and New Zealand.

By Friday, all flights were running normally, but the ash has lapped the globe and is causing more problems.

Movie tattoo lawsuit settled

The tattoo artist who sued over Ed Helms' tattoo in The Hangover II has settled his lawsuit over the design, which resembles the facial ink the artist created for boxer Mike Tyson.

Warner Bros spokesman Paul McGuire said that the movie studio and S Victor Whitmill amicably resolved their dispute. Mr McGuire declined to discuss the case further.