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CCTV hitch for mini-riot trial

A YOUTH accused of taking part in a mini-riot in Dublin had a new trial date set yesterday because CCTV evidence could not be shown on a court's DVD player.

The 17-year-old has pleaded not guilty to affray with three others at Marlborough Street, on October 27. He was due to face a hearing at the Dublin Children's Court.

Judge Ann Ryan heard that the prosecution intended to use CCTV footage as evidence. However, the disc format was not playable on the court's DVD player.

The trial will now take place on July 25 next.

The teenager is on bail in relation to the affray charge, but in custody over other matters, the court heard.

Chavez pledge to beat cancer

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez rallied a crowd of thousands of supporters and vowed to win a "battle for life" after undergoing cancer surgery.

Mr Chavez addressed the crowd from a balcony of the presidential palace in Caracas just hours after his surprise return from Cuba.

The Venezuelan president thanked Fidel Castro, saying that the veteran leader had been practically his "medical chief" while he was recovering in the country.

Suu Kyi in first trip of freedom

Burma's democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi visited an ancient city of temples and met her youngest son during her first trip into the countryside since her release from house arrest in Rangoon in November.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate (66) plans to spend four days on a private trip to Bagan -- also known as Pagan -- where her son Kim Aris was also visiting from Britain.

Inmate leaves jail in suitcase

A woman was caught trying to sneak her common-law-husband out of a Mexican prison in a suitcase following a conjugal visit.

Staff at the prison in Chetumal noticed that Maria del Mar Arjona (19) seemed nervous. They checked her bag and found inmate Juan Ramirez Tijerina curled up inside.

Ramirez is serving a 20-year sentence for illegal weapons possession. The woman now faces charges.