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Bike-thief boy gets street ban

A 17-YEAR-old boy has been banned from two Dublin city-centre streets after he was arrested for trying to steal a bicycle.

The Dublin Children's Court heard that the boy had been arrested last Sunday at Liffey Street and made no reply after he was charged.

Garda John Carroll had no objection to bail but asked the court to impose conditions on the boy, who was accompanied to his case by his mother.

Judge Smyth ordered the teenager to stay away from Liffey Street and Henry Street, and remanded him on bail to appear again next month. Legal aid was granted to the boy, who is taking part in a training course.

Teenager dies from bird flu

A 17-year-old has died of bird flu in Indonesia. He is the country's sixth fatality from the virus this year.

Health ministry spokeswoman Murti Utami said the boy from eastern Lombok island developed symptoms early this month after coming into contact with sick chickens.

Ms Utami says laboratory results came back several days ago confirming he had the deadly H5N1 virus.

Youth wanted over shop theft

A WARRANT has been issued for the arrest of a teenager accused of stealing nearly €10 worth of groceries from a shop in Dublin.

The 17-year-old had been summoned to appear at the Dublin Children's Court on a charge of stealing groceries to the value of €9.46 from a shop at Dolphin's Barn on June 21 last year.

However, he did not turn up for his case and the judge agreed to a request to issue a bench warrant for his arrest.

Superman deal cheque for sale

Seven decades after it was issued by DC Comics, the cheque sent to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster for their creation of Superman is up for auction.

Made out to the duo for $412 (¤300), the cheque includes a item for $130 (¤97) showing that DC paid for full ownership and rights to the man from Krypton and paved the way for comic books, TV, radio and films.

But, a legal dispute over creator's rights to the character is still not settled.