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Teen jailed for street assault

A youth has been jailed for 15 months for a 'despicable assault' on a Polish man outside a city centre bar.

Darragh Brady (19) of Avondale House, Dublin 1, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm and to a charge of violent disorder.

The court heard evidence that Brady punched his victim to the ground then repeatedly kicked him in the head rendering him unconscious outside Fibber Magee's pub on Parnell Street on July 17, 2010.

He was also among a group of six youths involved in an altercation with a group of foreign exchange students in Dublin in May 2007.

Three sacked

over rail crash

Shanghai safety authorities have said a subway train crash last week was caused by negligence, and that three train operators have been sacked.

Nine other subway train workers were also punished after one train crashed into a stationary train, injuring around 290 passengers.

Dispatchers issued a number of wrong orders that led to the crash after a loss of power caused the signal system to fail.

Harry in US for

battle training

Britain's Prince Harry will arrive in the United States next week to begin a two-month military helicopter training course to prepare him for combat.

The prince, who is a British Army captain, will start at the Naval Air Facility at El Centro where he will fly Apache helicopters in the remote California desert.

The facility's hot, dusty conditions replicate Afghanistan's harsh environment and the clear weather allows for constant flying.

Top honour for

pop star Annie

Pop star Annie Lennox will receive a lifetime achievement gong at the Inspiration Awards for Women today.

The Sweet Dreams singer will be recognised for her career with the Eurythmics and as a solo artist, and for her years of campaigning for humanitarian causes.

Singer Adele, meanwhile, will be handed a next generation inspiration award at the event at Cadogan Hall in Chelsea, London.