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In brief: Boy (17) denies stealing bicycle

A TEENAGER has denied lashing out at a cyclist in a bid to steal his bike.

The 17-year-old boy had been charged at the Children's Court earlier with robbery of a youth, in south Dublin, on April 10 last year.

Yesterday he entered a not guilty plea and Judge Patrick Clyne remanded him on continuing bail pending a hearing of the case in September.

The teenage defendant has admitted handling a stolen mobile phone, which had been taken from a woman on January 8 last.

Latvians set to sack lawmakers

Latvians could give their lawmakers the boot in a referendum triggered by concerns over cozy relationships between parliament and powerful oligarchs in one of Europe's poorest countries.

No scientific poll has been conducted ahead of the vote today, but pundits and an online survey by a polling institute project that a majority of voters will say "yes" to dissolving the 100-seat parliament, a move initiated by the previous president just a week before lawmakers ousted him.

Smoking risk to heart patients

hEART attack patients who resume smoking after leaving hospital can raise their risk of dying as much as five-fold, researchers say.

On average, people who started smoking again after being hospitalised for acute coronary syndrome -- crushing chest pain that often signals a heart attack -- were more than three times as likely to die within a year as people who successfully quit in a study led by Dr Furio Colivicchi of San Filippo Neri Hospital in Rome, Italy.

Jurassic Park set to return

Twenty years after his Velociraptors and T.rex ruled Jurassic Park, director Steven Spielberg says the maneaters are returning to a movie theatre near you -- teeth sharpened, and not for the popcorn.

Spielberg told audiences at the giant Comic-Con International convention in San Diego that he was at work on a new Jurassic Park movie, delighting a packed house at the pop culture showcase.