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In Brief: Boy accused of slit throat threat

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy accused of threatening to slit his social worker's throat has been further remanded in custody.

The boy had been refused bail last week after he had been charged with criminal damage to the car of the social worker, who is employed by the HSE, and threatening to kill or cause her serious harm, in Dublin city centre, on April 16.

He made his second court appearance at the Dublin Children's Court yesterday, and Judge Ann Ryan heard that more time was needed to obtain directions from the DPP.



New mad cow disease case

The first new case of BSE in America since 2006 has been discovered in a dairy cow in California, but health authorities say the animal was never a threat to the nation's food supply.

The infected cow, the fourth discovered in the US, was found as part of an Agriculture Department surveillance programme that tests about 40,000 cows a year for the brain disease.

No meat from the cow was bound for the food supply, said John Clifford, the department's chief veterinary officer.



Six killed in Nigerian village

Six people were killed in separate attacks on a central Nigeria village and a bar where people gathered to watch Champions League football -- the latest violence to strike a region on the dividing line of Nigeria's largely Christian south and Muslim north.

The killings centred around Jos, the epicentre of religious violence along Nigeria's 'middle belt', where dozens of ethnic groups live. Assailants killed five people in the village of Gwa-Rim and a bomb exploded at a bar, killing one.



Bolivian miners protest over pay

Bolivian miners demanding pay rises exploded small dynamite charges, trying unsuccessfully to break through a police cordon protecting the government's headquarters. Four officers were hurt, authorities said.

The miners joined teachers in a protest march in La Paz organised by the Bolivian Workers Central, which called for a two-day strike to press demands for rises higher than the 7pc offered by the government.


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