Assistant had fake ¤50 note

A SHOP assistant caught with a forged €50 note had been told to "get rid of it" by her boss, then forgot she had it, a court heard.

Nicole Haughton (22) was prosecuted for possession of a counterfeit note after she was stopped and searched in a shopping centre.

A judge left her without a criminal conviction, saying he would give her the "benefit of the doubt".

Haughton, a mother-of-one with an address at Brookview Close, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to the offence, which happened at Liffey Valley Shopping Centre on May 4, 2012.

China activist

father's suicide

The father of a man killed in the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown has hanged himself after two decades of failed attempts to seek government redress.

Ya Weilin's body was found in an unused underground parking garage beneath his home. He was 73.

His death comes ahead of the anniversary of June 3, 1989, when the military crushed the protests, possibly killing thousands of students and activists.

Haitian schools

pay mothers

The Haitian government has launched a programme that uses mobile phones to transfer cash credits to mothers who keep their children in school.

Ti Manman Cheri, Creole for Dear Little Mother, aims to reach 100,000 families in four of the poorest neighbourhoods of the capital Port-au-Prince.

Mothers with children enrolled in the first to sixth grades can receive up to £13 (¤16) a month if they keep them in school.

Advert actors

finally found

One of the most famous adverts on UK television is being resurrected after a successful campaign to track down its original stars.

The Secret Lemonade Drinker, which featured Elvis Costello's father Ross MacManus singing a jingle, was first shown in 1973 and starred Julian Chagrin as a man sneaking downstairs in the middle of the night to feed his addiction to fizzy drinks before being discovered by his wife.

Chagrin moved to Israel but was easily found. Advertising executives struggled to track down his Irish co-star Harriet Philpin.