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Court teen tried to quit country

A 17-YEAR-OLD tried to skip the country after he was accused of attacking a garda in Dublin, a court has heard.

However, he was caught -- with a one-way ticket to Malta -- at Dublin Airport when he allegedly stole a pair of sunglasses, the Children's Court heard.

The Romanian boy had been charged with assault causing harm to a garda at Camden Street, on July 22 last.

Refusing bail Judge Elizabeth MacGrath said: "If there ever was a case of flight risk this is it." The teenager was remanded in custody pending directions from the DPP.

Man held over killing tourists

An alleged drug trafficker suspected of helping abduct and kill 20 Mexican tourists has been arrested in the resort city of Acapulco.

Moises Montero Alvarez, nicknamed 'The Korean', was captured along with a 21-year-old and two teenagers believed to be accomplices.

Alvarez (42) is accused of helping to carry out the kidnapping of 20 holidaying men from Michoacan state. Some of the men's decomposed bodies were later found in a mass grave.

Queen of Soul's fury at writer

Aretha Franklin says she is "extremely disappointed" over a lawsuit filed by her longtime songwriting partner over song royalties from her latest CD.

Norman West claims he is not getting paid for the song Put It Back Together Again..

The Queen of Soul said West had "unmitigated gall" considering how she had "personally assisted and advised him over the past 15 years".

Writer moves into Heathrow

Novelist and journalist Tony Parsons starts work today as writer-in-residence at Heathrow Airport.

The author of the best-selling Man And Boy will roam the terminals talking to travellers looking for inspiration for short stories.

He said: "Airports are places of extreme emotion.

"Having grown up reading Arthur Hailey's novel Airport it feels like an incredible opportunity to live at Heathrow and write about the people whose lives are touched by it."