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'Social services won't help son'

A MOTHER has claimed social services have done nothing to help her deal with her troublesome teenage son.

The 17-year-old's mother told the Dublin Children's Court "this has been going on for nearly a year, I want something done". She claimed that she appealed to social services for help last February.

Judge Ryan heard that the teenager had been arrested on Monday over his failure to attend a hearing on a public order charge last week. He picked up a further criminal damage charge while he was in garda custody. The teenager was remanded in custody to appear again next week.



195 years for school murders

The final defendant convicted in a brutal schoolyard attack that killed three friends and left a fourth seriously wounded was sentenced to 195 years in prison.

Gerardo Gomez was one of six men and boys who pleaded guilty or were convicted in the execution-style murders in a Newark, New Jersey, school playground in 2007.

A jury convicted Gomez last November on multiple counts including robbery and murder.



Drone attack kills 5 militants

Pakistan intelligence officials say US drone-fired missiles have hit a house in the country's northwest tribal region, killing five suspected militants.

The officials say the attack occurred in a village near Mir Ali, one of the main towns in the North Waziristan tribal area, the main sanctuary for Taliban and al-Qa'ida militants in Pakistan.



Mum Adele to attend Globes

Adele will attend the Golden Globes in her first public outing since becoming a mother.

The executive producer of the show said the 24-year-old Grammy-winning pop star is set to make her first post-baby appearance at Sunday's ceremony, where she is nominated for original song for the James Bond theme Skyfall.

Adele welcomed her first child, with boyfriend Simon Konecki, in October.

The singer has kept a low profile since announcing her pregnancy in June.