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Boy freed on car theft charge

A 13-YEAR-OLD boy who was held in custody for several days after he was arrested for stealing a car in north Dublin has been granted bail.

Judge Bryan Smyth said at the Children's Court he had no option but to release the teen. But he said efforts should be made to have the teenager placed in a secure care facility.

The boy had been placed in voluntary care but has repeatedly gone missing. No-one would bail him out from a garda station when he was arrested last Friday resulting in him being brought to a weekend court sitting and remanded in custody.

The boy is accused of stealing a car in north Co Dublin on March 16.

He was remanded yesterday to appear again next week.

Rocket takes off for space station

A European rocket has been launched from South America to resupply the International Space Station.

The Ariane 5 rocket took off from the European Space Agency's launch site in French Guiana.

The rocket is placing in orbit an unmanned cargo ship named the Edoardo Amaldi and is expected to remain at the station through early September.

Prisoner organ removal axed

China will phase out the practice of taking organs from executed prisoners.

Vice Health Minister Huang Jiefu said organ donations from condemned prisoners will be abolished within five years.

Hospitals will rely instead on a national organ donation system that is being set up.

The government says prisoners volunteer to donate organs but rights groups say there are concerns that inmates are pressured to comply before execution.

Two arrests over gay cruise sex

Two American men pleaded guilty to indecent exposure in Dominica after they were arrested during a stop on a gay cruise of the Caribbean.

John Robert Hart (41) and Dennis Jay Mayer (43), of Palm Springs, California, apologised in court and said they regretted their actions.

They were seen having sex in sight of people on land, prompting officers to board the ship and arrest them on Wednesday.