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Boy accused of fake tan theft

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy was arrested for stealing fake tan and almost €3,000 worth of clothes after escaping from a juvenile detention centre.

The boy was before the Children's Court yesterday charged with theft of a bottle of tanning lotion and clothes to the value of €2,886 from shops in Blackrock, in south Dublin on July 6.

The teenager, who had been detained by the court earlier and held at the Oberstown Boys' School, in north Dublin, is also charged with escaping from custody on July 3.

The boy has been returned to custody and will appear in court again next week.

Al-Qa'ida fears over kidnap

At least 14 armed men abducted the Filipino wife of a German national and her teenage son and nephew on an island in the southern Philippines near Basilan island, a stronghold of al-Qa'ida-linked militants.

Gerfa Yeatts Lunsmann, (50) her 14-year-old son and her 19-year-old nephew were seized from a house in Zamboanga city's Tictabon island village before dawn.

The unknown gang, who fled with their captives in two motor boats, have not made a ransom demand.

Obama backs Russia on Libya

President Barack Obama has told Russian president Dmitry Medvedev that the US is prepared to support Russian-led negotiations in Libya.

However, Mr Obama told the Russian president that the US would only back the negotiations if they lead to a democratic transition and Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi steps aside.

Envoys from the Kremlin have travelled to Libya to meet with representatives of Gaddafi's government.

Coal bid allays Oz tax worries

Australia's prime minister said a $US5bn bid for one of the nation's coal mines is proof an unpopular new tax on the country's worst polluters will not cause the collapse of its lucrative coal industry.

Julia Gillard said that Peabody Energy Corp and ArcelorMittal's tandem bid for Queensland state's Macarthur Coal Ltd shows companies are not scared off by the tax of $25 for every ton of carbon emitted.