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In Brief: Probation for assault teen

A TEENAGER who rained kicks and punches on a youth after mixing his medication with head-shop drugs has been spared a custodial sentence.

The 17-year-old boy, who has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, had pleaded guilty earlier at the Children's Court to robbery and assault causing harm to the youth, in Monkstown, in south Dublin, on July 17 last year.

Judge Clare Leonard sentenced him to six months probation with conditions he must take part in an alcohol-related offending programme and a training course.

Oz PM anger at her sex scene

Australian prime minister Julia Gillard says she won't be watching a TV programme showing two comedians playing her and her partner blanketed by the national flag after having sex on her office floor.

The episode of At Home With Julia to be aired tonight by the government-owned Australian Broadcasting Corp has been widely criticised in the media as disrespectful to the Australian flag and the post of prime minister.

Death row man wants lie test

Lawyers for condemned US inmate Troy Davis said they have asked officials to allow him to take a 'lie detector' test before his execution.

The defence team has asked Georgia state prison officials and the pardons board for the polygraph test. Davis is scheduled to die tonight.

He has long claimed he is innocent of killing Mark MacPhail, an off-duty police officer working as a security guard in Savannah, Georgia.

Mr MacPhail's relatives say they have no doubt the right man is being punished.

Landslide kills three children

A landslide in northern Guatemala has killed three children and another 12 people buried in the disaster are believed dead, a local official said.

Heavy predawn rains caused the disaster yesterday that buried four homes while families slept.

"They have been trapped under heavy mud.

"It's unlikely that anyone is still alive," Sergio Cabanas, director of civil defence, told reporters.