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In Brief: Boy (17) stole diamond rings

A 17-year-old has avoided being locked up after he stole more than €12,000 of goods, including valuable rings, to pay off a gambling debt.

The teenager, who was placed on six months' probation, had pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to his role in a burglary at a house on the North Circular Road, in Dublin, on October 4, 2010.

Judge Bryan Smyth heard that the haul included two diamond rings -- one worth €4,000 and the other €2,000.

Haiti is shaken

by new quake

A moderate earthquake has rattled southern Haiti, causing some people to run out of buildings in fear. There were no immediate reports of damage.

The magnitude 4.6-quake was centred 24 miles south east of the capital of Port-au-Prince. A January 2010 earthquake in the city killed 314,000 people.

Nurse guilty in

Facebook row

An Oregon nursing assistant spent eight days in jail after a jury found her guilty of taking disturbing photos of elderly or disabled patients and posting them on Facebook.

Nai Mai Chao (26) took graphic photos of patients using bedpans. She has since been fired from her post.