Teen attacked delivery man
A DUBLIN youth has been given a four-month sentence for his role in a gang attack and robbery of a fast-food delivery man who was dragged away from his car and beaten.
The 16-year-old boy, who has a string of prior criminal convictions, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm and robbery of the man in Tallaght on April 14. Dublin Children's Court heard the delivery man was approached by two youths who hit him in the face.
He was then "dragged" to a corner where his wallet, containing €50 as well as assorted cards, and his car keys were taken. He suffered a cut over his eyes and facial bruising.
Dalai Lama can't get visa
South Africa has rejected a visa application by the Dalai Lama, its third refusal to admit the spiritual leader of the disputed Tibet region in five years, his local representative said.
The Dalai Lama, who lives in exile in India and is at loggerheads with Beijing over Tibet, had been hoping to attend a meeting of Nobel peace laureates in Cape Town next month.
The visa denial is likely to fuel speculation about the sway Beijing has over Pretoria.
Migrants hosed off ferry ramp
Dozens of migrants in Calais tried to storm a ferry bound for Britain amid mounting calls by France for David Cameron to help tackle illegal immigration across the Channel.
Riot police were deployed after up to 100 people breached security and tried to run up the ramp of the cross-Channel ferry. The migrants were foiled from getting on board the vessel when the crew raised the ramp and turned a fire hose on them yesterday, officials and a witness said.
Vet finds 43 missing socks
A three-year-old Great Dane was miserable and retching when its owners rushed him to a Portland emergency animal hospital.
It was something he ate. X-rays showed a stomach full of foreign material.
After nearly two hours of surgery, Dr Ashley Magee finally discovered the answer - the dog had consumed 43 socks.