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Girl (16) beat two teenagers

AN "out of control" 16-year-old girl has pleaded guilty to robbing two other girls who were beaten and had their hair pulled during "vicious" attacks.

She pleaded guilty at the Children's Court yesterday to robbery of the two teenage girls in Ballybrack in south Co Dublin, on October 5 last year.

Garda Georgina Reilly told Judge Catherine Staines that a girl was being robbed by another person. Her friend, another teenage girl, stepped in to help her but was attacked by the defendant.

Opera singer Siepi dies at 87

Cesare Siepi, an operatic bass who fled fascist Italy and later became a staple of New York's Metropolitan Opera, has died at 87.

Milan-born Siepi died at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, after suffering a stroke more than a week earlier, his family said.

Siepi's distinctive bass helped make him a favourite in such roles as Mephistopheles in Faust and the title character in Mozart's Don Giovanni.