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Teen held after gardai assault

A TEENAGER who produced a knife during a domestic violence incident was remanded in custody at the Dublin Children's Court yesterday.

The boy (16) had pleaded guilty earlier to assaulting two gardai at his north Dublin home, on January 14 last.

The teenager also entered a guilty plea yesterday to an additional charge for criminal damage to a garda station's detention room, by repeatedly writing his name on a wall there, on January 11 last.

Judge Clare Leonard remanded him in custody to appear again next week and said HSE involvement was needed in the case.



Vietnam chiefs



face golf ban

Vietnam's Transport Minister has banned his senior staff from playing golf, saying it distracts them from their work too much.

Dinh La Thang said some ministry leaders have had a lacklustre performance and golf was partly to blame.

Golf has become more popular among Vietnam's growing middle class, including Communist Party officials, in recent years, with dozens of courses opening in recent years.



Sarandon Nazi



jibe sparks fury

Catholic and Jewish groups are condemning actress Susan Sarandon for referring to Pope Benedict XVI as a Nazi.

The head of the Catholic League says her comment was "obscene" and the Anti-Defamation League released a statement calling on the actress to apologise to the Catholic community for the "deeply offensive" remark.

Sarandon, who won an Oscar for anti-death penality film Dead Man Walking in 1995, made the comment at the Hamptons Film Festival.



Wolf cuffed at greed protest

Feminist author Naomi Wolf has been taken into custody at an anti-corporate greed protest outside an awards ceremony for New York's governor.

Wolf and a companion were handcuffed outside Skylight Studios in Manhattan where Andrew Cuomo was honoured by The Huffington Post.

Wolf is the author of the best-selling book The Beauty Myth. It is not clear what charges, if any, she may face.