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In Brief: Teen car thief in gardai chase

A YOUTH who drove a stolen car on the wrong side of a road when he led gardai on a high-speed pursuit, will be sentenced next month.

The 17-year-old boy also broke red lights and failed to stop for gardai during the 20-minute chase from Lucan, in Dublin, to Maynooth, Co Kildare, on May 31 last year.

The north Dublin teenager had pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court in July to stealing the car, four counts of dangerous driving and driving without a licence or insurance.

Yesterday, Judge Brendan Toal noted that the boy had a further court appearance next month on other charges. He adjourned sentencing for the car chase until the same date.

Movies 'tempt' teens to smoke

Films that depict actors smoking cigarettes should carry the same age classification as those containing sex and violence, according to experts.

The claim comes after a new study revealed that teenagers are more likely to take up the deadly habit after watching movies which glamorise smoking.

Researchers from the University of Bristol found that 15-year-olds who saw the most films showing actors puffing on a cigarette were 73pc more likely to have tried one than those who has seen the least.

Hollywood star

for actor Cryer

Two and A Half Men star Jon Cryer has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The 46-year-old actor became the 2,449th person to receive a Hollywood pavement star.

Cryer made his film debut in the 1984 romantic comedy No Small Affair, and was best known for his role in Pretty in Pink before landing a spot on CBS' Two and A Half Men.

Nato pledges

to back Tunisia

A Nato official said the alliance will support Tunisia as it moves towards democracy.

Karl Lamers, the head of the organisation's parliamentary assembly, said that Nato could help based on its experience with Eastern Europe's democratic transition. He spoke following a meeting with Tunisian minister of defence Abdelkrim Zbid.