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Boys (17) deny gang burglary

TWO youths, who deny being with a group of men who allegedly took part in an aggravated burglary of a house in south Dublin, have been remanded on bail pending their hearing at the Children's Court.

The court heard it was alleged that a group, including men in their twenties and thirties, had arranged to go to the house to threaten a male whom they believed had "molested a person".

The two north Dublin boys, then aged 17, pleaded not guilty yesterday to aggravated burglary at the house, in Dundrum, on July 1, 2009.

They were remanded on bail until October.

Files given to death probe

AN inquiry into the deaths of young people in State care can receive information about a child who was the subject of a court case in 2001, a judge has ruled.

Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O'Neill granted orders allowing the HSE to hand over to the inquiry, set up by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, all the papers which were used in the 2001 judicial review proceedings concerning the child. Mr Justice O'Neill dealt with that case.

The information will now be considered by the independent review group into the deaths.

Elton pulls out over food bug

A bout of food poisoning forced Elton John to postpone a concert at the Tucson Arena in Arizona.

Last night's show was nearly sold out with about 8,800 tickets purchased. Organisers said the flamboyant singer will perform tonight instead.

A spokeswoman for the venue said John apologised for the inconvenience caused by his illness.

Man on soldier murder charge

A man will appear in court today charged with murdering a soldier outside an Army recruitment office 18 years ago.

Declan Duffy (36), who is accused of murdering Sergeant Michael Newman in Derby on April 14, 1992, will appear for a plea hearing at Stafford Crown Court.

Duffy was remanded in custody earlier this month.

Police said in June that Duffy had been charged with Sergeant Newman's murder after being taken to England from Northern Ireland.