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In brief: Algerian youth held over attack

AN Algerian youth arrested over an assault in Dublin city centre is to stay in custody for another week pending efforts to confirm his age and identity.

The youth, who claims to be aged 16, has been charged at the Dublin Children's Court with assaulting a male, at Wicklow Street, on January 13 last. He also faces connected charges for failing to give a garda his name under the Immigration Act, providing a false name and breach of the peace.

He had been refused bail on January 14 last and made his third court appearance yesterday.

Plane missing in Antarctica

A small plane carrying three Canadians disappeared while flying over an Antarctic mountain range, and bad weather was hampering a search.

The flight was going from a US station near the South Pole to an Italian research base in Terra Nova Bay.

Its locator beacon started transmitting in a moun-tainous area about 280 miles north of the pole.

New Zealand, US and Italian authorities are working together to find the de Havilland Twin Otter plane.

Goat cleared of vandalism

Gary the flower-eating goat's graze with Australian police has ended with his comedian owner getting the last laugh in court.

A Sydney judge ruled that neither the goat nor his owner could be found guilty of vandalism over an August incident when Gary decided to snack on a flowerbed outside a city museum.

Police at the time levelled a fine of Aus$440 (¤232) against owner Jim Dezarnaul, a comedian known as Jimbo Bazoobi.

Gang cuts up 16 in drugs war

A drug gang was responsible for the dismemberment killings of 16 people just west of Mexico City over the past 10 days, prosecutors said.

The latest six cut-up bodies were found early yesterday in the city of Toluca. They were wrapped in plastic bags like the other victims found since January 14. All were allegedly lookouts or informants for rival gangs.