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IN BRIEF: Teen 'tried to murder boy'

A YOUTH has been sent forward for trial accused of attempted murder in connection with a knife attack on a teenage boy in Dublin.

The 17-year-old had been charged earlier with possessing a knife as a weapon and assault causing harm to the boy, also 17, who sustained stab wounds during an incident at Johnson's Court, in Dublin 2, on May 31.

Last week, the teenage defendant appeared at the Dublin Children's Court, where he was further charged with attempted murder.

The teenager, who is on bail, appeared again at the same court yesterday, where Judge Ann Ryan made an order sending him forward for trial at the Central Criminal Court.

'Diddy' hurt in LA car crash

Sean 'Diddy' Combs is being treated for injuries he sustained during a car accident in Beverly Hills.

A spokeswoman for the 42-year-old rapper-producer said he hurt his neck, ribs and collarbone in the crash on Sunset Boulevard near the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Combs was a passenger in a Cadillac Escalade when a Lexus made a left turn and collided with it.

Photographer Weston dies

Award-winning fine art photographer Dody Weston Thompson, one of the founders of the prestigious journal Aperture, has died in Los Angeles. She was 89.

Thompson favoured creating sharp-focus, realistic photographs of natural objects in the style popularised by photography icons Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, both of whom she assisted.

In 1952, Thompson was the second photographer to win the San Francisco Museum of Art's Albert M Bender Award. Adams was the first.

US downs four missiles

Four out of five targets were intercepted over the Pacific in the largest and most complex test of the US ballistic missile defence system.

The targets used during the test at Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands -- halfway between Hawaii and Australia -- included one medium-range ballistic missile, two short-range ballistic missiles and two low-flying cruise missiles.