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Trial on Boots assault charges

A DUBLIN man is facing trial accused of attacking two men in a pharmacy.

Ian Quinn (32) is accused of attacking the men following an incident in Boots in Blanchardstown.

Quinn, of St Aongus Park in Tallaght, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with two counts of serious assault.

He denies the charges and now faces trial in the Circuit Court. The alleged incident took place at Boots in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre on December 20, 2010.

Judge Anthony Halpin remanded Quinn in custody and adjourned the case for the book of evidence.

17 held over camp rampage

POLICE have arrested 17 men on suspicion of attacking youths and raping five women and girls who were on a church camping trip outside Mexico City.

The attorney general for the State of Mexico, Alfredo Castillo, said three of the suspects confessed that they sexually abused the women and girls, saying fellow attackers told them to.

Two of the suspects were local police officers.

Sponsored by a church group, 90 youths were camping on Friday at an eco-park on the eastern outskirts of Mexico City when a group of armed men stormed into the hilly area. The attackers went on an hours-long rampage of beatings, robberies and rapes.

Brazil's child murder rate up

THE murder rate for Brazilian youngsters has shot up 346pc over the past 30 years, according to research.

During that period, the young became a far higher percentage of Brazil's murder victims -- rising from 11pc of the total in 1980 to 43pc in 2010, the report by the Latin American School of Social Sciences said.

Allergies 'cured' through training

DOCTORS have reversed allergies in some children by giving them tiny daily doses of problem foods, training their immune systems to accept them.

In the best test of this yet, about a dozen children were able to overcome allergies to eggs. Some of the doctors had previously used a similar approach with peanuts.