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In Brief: Teen's hurley attack in fight

A TEEn used a hurley to attack another teen during a fight that had been pre-arranged on Facebook, a court has heard.

Michael Norris (19) told gardai he intervened because of a call for help from his friend, who had arranged the meet up with the victim.

Norris, of Swans Nest Avenue, Kilbarrack, Dublin, admitted at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm of the then 15-year-old at St Anne's Park, Raheny, on January 4, 2012.

Judge Hogan said he was not considering a custodial sentence and put the matter back until October.



Former US President Jimmy Carter says religious leaders, including those in Christianity and Islam, share the blame for mistreatment of women and girls across the world.

The 88-year-old human rights activist said male religious leaders perpetuate misguided doctrines of male superiority from the Catholic Church, forbidding women from becoming priests to some African cultures mutilating the genitals of young girls.



Two men accused of killing a British soldier in a terrorist attack are set to stand trial on November 18.

Michael Adebolajo (28) and Michael Adebowale (22) appeared at the Old Bailey via video link.

Both are accused of killing soldier Lee Rigby outside a military barracks in Woolwich, London, on May 22 in an apparent Islamist terrorist attack. Adebolajo is also accused of the attempted murder of two police officers and possession of a firearm.



After two years as a runner-up, Oprah Winfrey was named the most powerful celebrity by Forbes, heading the six women and four men who make up the top 10.

It was the fifth time the former talk show host has headed the annual ranking of 100 celebrities. The top 10 were Oprah Winfrey, Lady Gaga, Steven Spielberg, Beyonce Knowles, Madonna, Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi, Roger Federer, Justin Bieber, and Ellen DeGeneres.