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In brief: Boy (15) faces trial in sex case

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy accused of sexually assaulting a female almost two years ago is to go on trial at the Dublin Children's Court next month.

The teenager has pleaded not guilty to a charge of sexual assault at an address in west Dublin in November 2009.

Judge Elizabeth MacGrath noted yesterday that the boy, who was accompanied to his case by his mother, was contesting the case.

She also heard that his bail conditions state he must "not have any contact with the injured party". Judge MacGrath ordered that the hearing be held on September 13. The age of the complainant was not stated.

Boeing seals

$2bn jet deal

SINGAPORE Airlines has ordered eight Boeing jets for $2.3bn to help bolster expansion plans.

It said the eight Boeing 777-300ERs are scheduled to be delivered in its 2013-2014 financial year and will be operated on medium and long-haul routes.

The airline already has 19 of the planes in service.

The carrier has 106 aircraft built by Boeing and its rival Airbus, with orders in for 70 more from the two manufacturers. Singapore Airlines is the world's second-largest carrier.

First black US

agent mourned

America's first black Secret Service agent Charles L Gittens has died aged 82.

A spokesman for the agency confirmed that Mr Gittens was the first black agent but said no further details would be immediately available.

Mr Gittens joined the presidential protection outfit in 1956 in the Charlotte, North Carolina office.

Mr Gittens mentored young African-Americans who were coming up through the ranks.

Hotel owner in killing probe

A resort owner is suspected of orchestrating the killing of a Dominican journalist who sought to expose links between drug traffickers, public officials and businessmen, a prosecutor said.

Hotel owner Matias Avelino Castro wanted to prevent journalist Jose Silvestre from publishing a planned story that linked Avelino to a murder and drug trafficking.