Youths for trial over assault
THREE youths have been returned for trial over an attack on a young Galway man who was seriously injured by a gang of youths during his first stay in Dublin.
The three boys, two aged 16 and one 17-year-old, had been charged at the Children's Court in Dublin in connection with the attack on the 20-year-old man who has been attending a psychiatrist since the incident.
They are accused of assault causing harm and violent disorder at the Dublin City University campus, on February 25.
Earlier it had been held that the case was too serious to be dealt with in the juvenile court and should go forward to the Circuit Court, which has wider sentencing powers.
Kerry offered Hillary's job
US president Barack Obama has nominated John Kerry as his next Secretary of State, saying the senator's entire life "has prepared him for this role".
If confirmed, Kerry will take over the State Department from Hillary Clinton, who did not attend the announcement as she recovers from a concussion sustained in a fall.
Kerry has represented Massachusetts in the Senate since 1985, and was the Democratic candidate for the 2004 presidential election.
Randy Travis denies charge
Country star Randy Travis has pleaded not guilty to assault and faces trial on March 11 in a Dallas court.
Police cited Travis following an August incident in a church car park in which he allegedly intervened in an argument involving a woman he knows and her estranged husband. Nobody was hurt.
Travis was earlier arrested in north Texas on charges of drink driving.
Italy's premier gives notice
ITALIAN pm Mario Monti has handed in his resignation to Italy's president, bringing to a close his 13-month government.
President Giorgio Napolitano accepted the resignation, but asked Monti to stay on as head of a caretaker government until the vote in February.
Monti kept his pledge to step down as soon as parliament gave final passage to the budget law.