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Stab charge trio remanded

THREE teenage boys charged in connection with the stabbing of a man during a Dublin burglary last month have been remanded on continuing bail.

Two boys aged 17 have been charged at the Children's Court with burglary while in possession of knives at a house in north Dublin on December 17. The third boy (16) is charged with having a pick-axe handle during the alleged burglary.

All three were remanded on bail to appear again next month.

Gran drowns boy (5) in bath

A woman has drowned her five-year-old grandson in the bath while on holiday in Florida because she did not want to see him grow up in a divorced home.

Marianne Bordt (71) tried to commit suicide after the drowning on Monday by wading into the Gulf of Mexico wearing heavy clothes.

Bordt, of Nufringen, Germany, was charged with first-degree murder.

The boy's parents had joint custody of Camden after they divorced in 2006, but he lived mostly with his mother in an Atlanta, Georgia, suburb.

Quake shakes Pacific island

Landslides and a tsunami have destroyed the homes of about a third of the population on one of the islands in the Solomons.

But many lives were probably spared as residents with memories of previous disasters fled quickly to higher ground, officials said.

The 7.2-magnitude quake triggered the landslides in the Pacific Solomon Islands on Monday. There were no reports of injuries.

Obama in fur advert storm

Fur is flying over a new advertising campaign by an animal rights group that the White House says is using first lady Michelle Obama's image without her permission.

But Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) said the organisation would not have sought Mrs Obama's consent for the anti-fur ad because it knew that she could not make such an endorsement.