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Gardai-attack girl remanded

A TEENAGE girl who attacked two gardai after a drinking binge has had her sentencing adjourned until January.

The 17-year-old, who has been in care since she was an infant, is on bail with conditions, including one that said it was "essential" that she did not continue using alcohol.

She was granted bail in the Children's Court in July.

Judge Clare Leonard adjourned the case until January. She was remanded on continuing bail.

She has pleaded guilty to two counts of assaulting gardai in north Dublin on May 1 last year.

Perry retreats

on Obama slur

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has backtracked from comments that indicated he doubted Barack Obama was a US citizen.

Mr Perry's comments about Mr Obama's birthplace have overshadowed the Texas governor's unveiling of his economic plan, a move aimed at returning to the top contender tier in the Republican primary race.

Speculation about Mr Obama's birthplace -- a way to question whether his presidency is legitimate -- has swirled for years. His father was born in Kenya, and some conservatives believe Mr Obama was too.

Minister quits in bribes row

Brazil's sports minister has resigned after fighting corruption allegations for more than a week.

Orlando Silva -- the sixth minister forced to leave office since June -- maintained his innocence against claims that he took part in a bribery scheme, but said he was resigning to avoid continued political crisis for the government.

Several people have come forward in the past 12 days to accuse Mr Silva of involvement in kickback schemes linked to projects for social sports programmes.