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Teen knife case dropped

A 14-YEAR-OLD boy's prosecution for knife possession and assault has been dropped.

The boy had been charged earlier at the Dublin Children's Court with assaulting another male in Lucan, in Dublin in April last year, when he was aged 13. He also faced another charge of having a knife as a weapon.

Special directions were sought from the DPP, in light of the west Dublin boy's age.

He appeared at Dublin Children's Court again yesterday where Judge John Coughlan heard that the prosecution was applying for the case to be struck out.



Pope doesn't take plastic

IT is "cash only" now for tourists at the Vatican after Italy's central bank blocked electronic payments, including credit cards.

Deutsche Bank Italia, which for 15 years provided the Vatican with electronic payment services, said the Bank of Italy withdrew its authorisation on Monday.

The Italian central bank took the action because the Holy See has not yet fully complied with European Union safeguards against money laundering.



Grounded drill ship is stable

A DRILLING vessel that ran aground off a remote Gulf of Alaska island is upright and stable, but has suffered damage to generators and its upper deck.

Royal Dutch Shell incident commander Sean Churchfield said a salvage team found open hatches that allowed water to enter the Kulluk, which drilled in the Beaufort Sea during the 2012 open water season.

The US Coast Guard said there was no indication of a fuel leak.



Star Wars' Lucas engaged

STAR Wars creator George Lucas is engaged.

A spokeswoman for Lucasfilm Ltd said the director is engaged to 43-year-old investment firm president Mellody Hobson.

Ms Hobson serves as chairman of DreamWorks Animation and is a financial contributor to ABC's Good Morning America.

Lucas (68) helped to launch the modern blockbuster age with his Star Wars sagas and Indiana Jones adventures.