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In Brief: Judge orders boy's arrest

A JUDGE has ordered the arrest of a youth accused of tearing a clump of hair from a woman's head during a phone snatch in Dublin city centre.

The 17-year-old has been charged with robbery of the 27-year-old woman, on February 25 at Beresford Place, Dublin.

The teenager had been held in custody for a week for breaking bail terms but was released last month.

He had been given time to consult with his lawyers and was due to enter a plea at the Dublin Children's Court yesterday.

However, when his case was called, Judge John O'Connor noted that the boy's lawyer and father were present but the teen had not turned up and could not be contacted. The judge issued a bench warrant to have the boy arrested.


Four dead and 26 hurt in Iraq

A SHOOTING and two car bombs have killed four people and wounded 26 in northern and western Iraq.

Police officials say the deadliest attack took place this morning when gunmen sprayed a police checkpoint with bullets in Fallujah, killing three policemen.

In the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, police say a car bomb exploded near the offices of a Kurdish party, wounding 20 people.

A suicide car bomber hit a checkpoint manned by Kurdish security forces, killing one security member and wounding six others.


Drinks charge bishop freed

A Catholic bishop charged with drink driving has been released on bail.

Bishop Robert McManus, from Worcester, Massachusetts, US, has pleaded not guilty to charges of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.

The 61-year-old McManus was arrested last Saturday near his vacation home. He is due back in court May 28.


Factory death toll hits 705

The death toll from last month's collapse of a building housing garment factories in Bangladesh has passed 700.

The police control room overseeing the recovery operation said the toll had reached 705 as workers pulled more bodies out of the factory wreckage.