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IN BRIEF: Boy refused to take drink test

A DUBLIN teenager, who refused to let gardai test him for drink-driving after he almost crashed into a patrol car, has been remanded on bail pending sentence.

The 16-year-old was convicted at the Children's Court of 12 motoring offences in connection with the near collision, at Kennelsfort Road, in Palmerstown in west Co. Dublin, on July 13 last year.

Judge Elizabeth MacGrath gave him a two-month suspended sentence and a four-year road ban for driving without insurance.

She adjourned sentencing him until a date in June for careless driving and failing to let himself be tested for drink driving.

Japan's €45bn Euro crisis loan

Japan has pledged $60bn (¤45.7bn) in loans to the International Monetary Fund in an effort to ensure that the debt crisis in some European economies will not spread.

Japanese finance minister Jun Azumi announced the emergency loan, which will use the nation's foreign exchange reserves.

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde welcomed the move and encouraged other fund members to do the same.

Class tribute to slain students

Virginia Tech held classes for the first time on the anniversary of a 2007 rampage that left 32 people and the gunman dead.

The campus killings of students and professors by Seung-Hui Cho were the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

Provost Mark McNamee said the return to classes reflected the lives of those slain and their passion for education.

Australia quits Afghanistan

Australia's prime minister said her country will begin pulling its troops out of Afghanistan earlier than planned.

Premier Julia Gillard said that most Australian soldiers in Afghanistan are expected to be home nearly a year ahead of schedule.

Most will likely be back in Australia by the end of 2013.

Australia has 1,550 troops in Afghanistan. That is the largest force provided by any country outside Nato.