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Boy accused of violent burglary

A TEENAGE boy charged in connection with an attack on a man during a burglary, has been remanded on continuing bail pending directions from the DPP.

The boy (16) is charged with burglary while in possession of a pick-axe handle at a house in north Dublin, on the night of December 17. Two 17-year-old boys have also been charged and are to appear again at the Children's Court next month.

Judge Clare Leonard yesterday remanded the 16-year-old on continuing bail to appear again next month.

Mine collapse leaves 13 dead

ThIRTEEN workers were killed in a coal mine collapse in northwest Turkey, not 17 as had been previously believed.

Labour Minister Omer Dincer said that four of the bodies had been counted twice because they were taken to separate hospitals after a methane gas explosion caused an underground chamber in the mine to collapse yesterday.

Dincer said at least four of the 18 workers who were hospitalised with severe burns are still in critical condition.

Gays fighting cross-dress ban

A group representing gays and lesbians in the conservative South American country of Guyana is demanding the government remove a colonial law that bans cross-dressing in public.

In an affidavit, the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination said the law is no longer relevant and violates people's rights.

"These laws are unconstitutional and discriminatory against a social minority," spokesman Joel Simpson said. "We are seeing a pattern of more and more abuses by police."

Sex offender posed as monk

A convicted US sex offender who dressed as a monk to gain the confidence of his victims was charged in California with molesting another teenage boy.

The San Mateo County district attorney's office said Anthony Thomas Falco was charged with 19 counts of child molestation.

The 73-year-old Falco was arrested last week in Daly City after police received an anonymous tip.