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Teen remanded on theft charge

A 16-year-old boy charged with taking part in an aggravated burglary in Dublin earlier this month has been remanded in custody pending directions from the DPP.

It is alleged a knife-wielding gang threatened to chop off a woman's fingers in front of her young son and told her they would do the same to the boy during a traumatising burglary.

The teenage defendant, who cannot be identified because he is a juvenile, had been refused bail last week after he was charged with aggravated burglary in connection with the incident at a house in Citywest on November 11 last. He is also charged with unlawfully travelling as a passenger in a stolen vehicle on the same date.

Nobel Prize for auction

The 1962 Nobel Prize James Watson won for his role in the discovery of the structure of DNA is going on the auction block.

The auctioneer says the gold medal could bring €2-3m on December 4.

Christie's says it's the first Nobel medal to be offered at auction by a living recipient. Watson made the 1953 discovery with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins.

He says part of the proceeds will go to the University of Chicago, Clare College Cambridge, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Long Island Land Trust and other local charities.

Ebola burial workers strike

Burial workers in Sierra Leone have dumped dead bodies in the street outside a hospital in protest at authorities' failure to pay bonuses for handling Ebola victims, in the latest strike to hamper the fight against the worst known outbreak of the virus.

A spokesman for the striking workers in the eastern town of Kenema said they had not been paid their weekly hazard allowance for seven weeks.

President stops singer's gig

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin cancelled a performance by a pop musician who recently released an anti-Arab song, amid rising ethnic tensions. Amir Benayoun's song Ahmed Loves Israel depicts a fictional Arab saying such things as "tomorrow I will fly to heaven and send a Jew or two to hell".