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Judge slams HSE hostel plan

A HSE plan to place a boy in hostel accommodation was branded a joke by a judge at the Dublin Children's Court.

The teenager (16), who allegedly stole his grandparents' car and trashed their home, had been remanded in custody.

On Friday, a solicitor for the HSE told the court that if the teenager were granted bail he would have to reside in a hostel and not a children's care home "due to his behaviour".

"That is a joke," said Judge Ann Ryan. When the case resumed, the court heard that a HSE care placement had been found. Judge Ryan released the boy on bail.

Lebanese and Israeli firefight

Officials say Israeli and Lebanese troops have exchanged fire on the countries' border, but reported no casualties.

The Israeli military says Lebanese army soldiers fired on Israeli troops operating in Israeli territory, provoking the Israeli soldiers to return fire.

A Lebanese military official says the shooting occurred after Israeli forces briefly entered Lebanese territory.

Teen handled stolen gems

James Kavanagh (19), of Kiltalown Heights, in Tallaght, Dublin, has been found guilty of handling stolen property.

At his hearing at the Children's Court on Friday, Garda Christopher Fallon said he took a report of a car acting suspiciously at the Primrose Gate estate, in Cellbridge, Co Kildare, on May 24 last year. Garda Fallon said he found the car, and inside it a bag of jewellery. Kavanagh denied the charge, but Judge Ryan found him guilty and remanded him on bail for sentencing in September.

Eight killed in Libyan battle

Libyan rebel leaders said their forces hunted down and clashed with supporters of Muammar Gaddafi who had been posing as rebel fighters to infiltrate the opposition's eastern stronghold. The overnight battle killed four from each side and added to a sense of crisis within the rebel movement. Libya's rebels are trying to rid their ranks of enemies after the assassination of their military chief, Abdel Fattah Younes.