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Boy told only hope is school

A 14-year-old boy who committed a string of crimes across a town last February has been told by a judge he has "no hope" if he does not go to school.

The teen admitted eight crimes in Dundalk, including break-ins, theft, and causing criminal damage.

Adjourning the case at Dundalk District Court yesterday, Judge Flann Brennan addressed the teenager by his name and said: "I cannot stress that you are 14, you should be at school. It is very important.

"Whatever chances you have in life, they are very limited if you don't go to school. You have to go – there is no hope if you don't."

BOMB ATTACK ON SPAIN CATHEDRAL

Spanish anarchists claimed responsibility for setting off an explosive device in a cathedral, saying it was because of the church's alleged links with Spain's fascist past.

The Mateo Morral Commando group posted the claim on an anarchist Internet forum yesterday, a day after a device exploded in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pilar in the northeastern city of Zaragoza while people were in the church. General Francisco Franco visited the church several times during his dictatorship.

FARMERS GET OLD LANDS BACK

Palestinian farmers have reclaimed land they lost to an Israeli settlement in the 1970s.

Israel dismantled Homesh and three other West Bank settlements in 2005, but refused to let the original Palestinian landowners return.

Yesterday, farmers from the village of Burka returned to their nearby land for the first time, thanks to a successful legal battle fought by Israeli human rights group 'Yesh Din' on behalf of the farmers.

CHELSEA WANTS TO HAVE A BABY

Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Hillary and former president Bill Clinton has told 'Glamour' magazine that she and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are hoping to start a family – "God willing."

She adds that her mother asks about their baby plans "every single day."

Chelsea Clinton says in the November issue of the magazine that 2014 will be "the year of the baby."

The 33-year-old Clinton is vice chairwoman of the Bill, 'Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation'.


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