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In Brief: Teens' assault case adjourned

TWO Dublin boys charged over a serious attack in Dublin could have their case thrown out unless a medical report is ready within two weeks.

Yesterday, at Dublin Children's Court, Judge Joseph O'Connor adjourned the case for two weeks.

The boys, aged 15 and 16, had been charged on January 21 with assault causing harm to a man in his 20s.

The alleged attack, which left the man in hospital with head injuries, occurred on January 19 at Kilbarron Road, Kilmore, in north Dublin.


Fall in priests across Europe

The number of Catholic priests in Africa and Asia has shot up over the past decade while decreasing sharply in Europe.

It mirrors the trends in the numbers of Catholic faithful that helped lead to the election of Pope Francis as the first non-European pope in over a millennium.

The Vatican released statistics on the state of the Catholic Church in the world, showing a 39.5pc increase in Africa and a 32pc percent hike in Asia from 2001-2011.


Sex-change man is bride

Hong Kong's top court has granted a transgender woman the right to marry her boyfriend in a watershed ruling which falls short of allowing same-sex marriage.

The surprise decision covers only the right of a transgender person who was born male to marry a man, and for one who was born female to marry a woman.

The ruling by the Court of Final Appeal brings the semi-autonomous Chinese city in line with many other places in the Asia-Pacific region, including mainland China.


Is end nigh for preacher radio?

The end may be near for a California evangelical radio network used by a preacher to predict – incorrectly – the apocalypse.

Oakland-based Family Radio has sold its three largest radio stations and laid off longtime staff members.

Tax records show Harold Camping's nonprofit network saw its net assets drop to $29.2m (€22.4m) by the end of 2011, from a net worth of $135m (€103.9m) four years earlier.