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In brief: Teen denies garda assault

A 16-year-old boy has denied attacking a garda, who suffered a broken wrist and was unable to work for four months after the alleged assault.

The boy, then aged 15, allegedly "got in a struggle with Garda Stephen Boyce and struck him a number of times causing those injuries".

The boy pleaded not guilty at the Children's Court to assault causing harm to Garda Boyce, in north Dublin, on March 9 last year.

Judge Clare Leonard remanded the teenager on bail pending his hearing in July.

Lighters fail safety test

FAULTY lighters that can "kill and maim" are still on sale here, a study has revealed.

The survey, conducted by BIC, showed that almost nine in 10 Irish people are worried about these dangerous lighters.

More than seven out of 10 lighter models tested by Prosafe did not meet the EU's safety standards.

Some 1,900 people are injured each year in Europe due to accidents with lighters.

Donal Kinsella

-- Apology

In an article in our edition of November 10, 2010 we reported that the businessman Donal Kinsella had sued Kenmare Resources for libel over a press release issued by that company.

In that article we stated that the press release referred to "what the company called 'an incident' in which [Mr Kinsella] sleepwalked in the room of Deirdre Corcoran, the company secretary" during a company trip to Mozambique in May 2007.

We wish to clarify that Mr Kinsella did not sleepwalk into the room of the company secretary and we apologise to Mr Kinsella for this statement.

US ships thwart pirate attack

Two US ships are being credited with thwarting a pirate attack on a Philippines-flagged merchant vessel in the Arabian Sea.

The ships dispatched two helicopters to the Philippines vessel, and they fired warning shots after it reported pirates in a skiff were attempting to board the vessel. None of the 20 Filipino crew was injured.