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Boys in court on gang attack

TWO teenage boys have been charged over an unprovoked gang attack on a Dublin City University student.

The boys, aged 16 and 17, have been charged with assault causing harm and violent disorder at the DCU campus on February 25.

Garda Barry Duggan told Judge Ann Ryan at the Dublin Children's Court that it was alleged a male had been walking through the campus with his girlfriend when he was attacked by four people.

"It was an unprovoked attack, and he was punched and kicked," Garda Duggan said adding that the victim suffered head injuries including broken teeth.

The two boys have not yet indicated how they will plead. They were granted legal aid and remanded on bail to appear again next month for a hearing on their trial venue.

Singer Duffy flees flat blaze

POP star Duffy fled her London apartment after a fire broke out last night.

The Mercy singer escaped the blaze in the Kensington penthouse with her pets.

Neighbour Rassa Borghei said: "She was running about all the place. When the police arrived they calmed her."

Reports said 60 firefighters were involved in battling the blaze which broke out at around 7pm.

First boxer to come out as gay

DESCRIBING himself as "a proud gay man", Puerto Rican Orlando Cruz became what is believed to be the first boxer to come out as gay while still competing.

Cruz said in an interview that he is relieved about his decision: "I kept this hidden for many, many years."

Cruz is the World Boxing Organisation's fourth ranked featherweight fighter.

Picasso's war painting in US

A PICASSO painting the artist created to denounce war has travelled to the John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis.

Caroline Kennedy unveiled the Rape Of The Sabine Women, on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts. She said it shows the fear and uncertainty of the Cuban Missile Crisis.