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Teen accused of drug deals

A TEENAGE boy was charged yesterday with dealing heroin on three dates in the same month.

The 17-year-old made no reply to the charges, Judge Timothy Lucey heard at the Dublin Children's Court.

The boy is accused of possessing heroin for the purpose of sale or supply, at two locations in Priorswood in north Dublin in January.

Judge Lucey remanded the north Dublin teenager on continuing bail to appear again in May for directions from the DPP to be obtained.

Legal aid was granted after the judge heard the teenager did not have any income.



BGT moved in



Voice clash

ITV bosses have backed down in the Saturday night TV clash by shifting Britain's Got Talent to avoid a further head-to-head with The Voice.

BGT has shifted to a later slot to avoid an overlap after its BBC1 rival pulled in a bigger audience of 9.5m against ITV's 9.1m when the shows were on simultaneously.

ITV chiefs believe the switch to 8.30pm will give Simon Cowell's talent contest the programme a ratings boost.



Boyd to pen



new Bond tale

Novelist William Boyd has been recruited to pen the latest adventure of 007 superspy James Bond.

Boyd follows in the footsteps of authors including Kingsley Amis and Sebastian Faulks who have both written new Bond books since the death of his creator, Ian Fleming, in 1964.

No details of the plot or the book's title have been revealed but Any Human Heart author Boyd said it would be set in 1969.



Mexico is hit



by earthquake

A strong earthquake struck a sparsely populated area in the mountains of western Mexico, causing tall buildings to sway more than 200 miles away in Mexico City.

Some buildings in the capital were evacuated, but the city government said helicopter flights detected no signs of damage.

The quake, centred in Michoacan state, had a magnitude of 6.5, the US Geological Survey said.


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