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Teen denies stolen property

A YOUTH has pleaded not guilty to possessing thousands of euros worth of stolen goods taken during a spate of burglaries in Dublin and Co Kildare.

The 17-year-old has been charged at Children's Court with possessing two 32-inch flat-screen TV sets, keys to a Volvo car, a Sony camcorder, a Nintendo Wii console with accessories and four games and four laptops, at his west Dublin home, in the early hours of February 21 last.

Noting that the youth was contesting the allegations, Judge John O'Neill remanded him on bail for a hearing of the case on a date in September.

Town set to ban smoking

An English town is set to become the first in Britain to ban smoking on its streets.

A campaign has begun to make smoking in all public places illegal in Stony Stratford, near Milton Keynes.

If passed, the bylaw would mean that anyone caught lighting up in the market town would face a fine.

Paul Bartlett, a member of Stony Stratford town council, said: "When you walk through the high street in any town, smoke is in your face and harming you and any children there."

Bulldozers for Noriega house

Panama's president Ricardo Martinelli says a mansion once owned by former dictator Manuel Noriega will be knocked down to make way for a park.

Mr Martinelli said the site will be called Memory Park and will help remind Panamanians of the damage Noriega did to the country.

Panamanian officials tried twice to auction off the weed-choked estate valued at $2.5m (e1.72m) but received no bids.

Two years for Hilton burglar

A man convicted of attempting to commit a burglary at Paris Hilton's California home has been sentenced to two years in state prison.

City News Service reported that Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Kellogg also recommended that Nathan Lee Parada undergo mental health counselling.

A jury took less than an hour in April to convict the 32-year-old of felony attempted residential burglary.