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Boy bailed on vandal charge

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy accused of vandalising his family's house has been allowed home on bail.

The teenager has pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to a breach of the peace charge where he confronted a security guard at Merrion Square in Dublin, and tried to hit him with a bag of bottles.

He has denied a charge of damaging his family home on a date in December.

Last month gardai objected to bail and the boy had been remanded in custody for four weeks and had undergone psychological, psychiatric and educational assessments.

Yesterday Judge Ann Ryan remanded him on bail to appear again next month.



Afghan suicide bomb kills six

At least six people were killed in a suicide car bomb attack in Kabul -- hours after US President Barack Obama left the Afghan capital following an unannounced visit.

Today's blast, and Obama's visit, came a year after US special forces killed al-Qa'ida leader Osama bin Laden in a raid in neighbouring Pakistan.

The Taliban, ousted by US-backed Afghan forces for harbouring bin Laden, claimed responsibility for the bomb.



Experts find



24 new lizards

US scientists said they have identified 24 new species of lizards in the Caribbean.

Penn State University professor Blair Hedges said about half of the new species identified by his research team in a five-year study are nearing extinction.

He said the other half already are extinct and had been misclassified by several museums in the US and Europe.



Bafta honour



for Rolf Harris

Entertainment veteran Rolf Harris is to be honoured by Bafta with its highest award, a fellowship.

The 82-year-old broadcaster, musician and artist is being recognised for his "outstanding and exceptional contribution to television".

Australian Harris has been a regular fixture on TV screens since he signed his first deal with the BBC in 1953. He will be presented with his award on May 27 in London.


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