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Boys charged with mugging

TWO teenage boys have been charged with mugging a man for drugs he bought in a Dublin city-centre head shop.

The pair, who are aged 16 and 17, have been charged at the Children's Court with attempted robbery of the man (20), at Trinity Street, Dublin, on April 28 last.

The man had bought products from the 24-hour Nirvana head shop, on South William Street, and was allegedly followed and mugged by the two boys and another youth who is facing prosecution separately because he is an adult.

The pair were remanded on bail until May 19.

Seven killed in gun ambush

Gunmen using silenced weapons attacked at least six checkpoints in Baghdad today, killing seven Iraqi soldiers and policemen.

Bombs planted at three other sites wounded several more.

In separate terrorist incidents, a roadside bomb targeting a passing police patrol killed two civilians and wounded five people in southern Baghdad while bombs planted outside the homes of police officers in the western city of Falluja wounded at least eight.

Pit death toll rises to 30

The death toll from two explosions in Russia's largest coal mine today hit 30, with about 60 people still trapped.

Emergency Minister Sergei Shoigu announced the news at a briefing after rescue workers were able to go down into parts of the Siberian mine hit by two blasts over the weekend.

High levels of methane gas have raised fears of further explosions and hindered rescue efforts.

Investigators believe the 17 bodies discovered early today were rescue workers who had entered the mine after the first blast. Rising water levels are now threatening survivors.