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Mugger targets head shop haul

A TEENAGE boy who mugged a man for drugs he had bought in a Dublin city centre head shop has been given an eight-month suspended sentence.

The victim was told he would be stabbed when a group of youths surrounded him and tried to take the legal drugs, the Dublin Children's Court was told.

The 17-year-old pleaded guilty to attempted robbery of the man (20), at Trinity Street, in Dublin 2, on April 28 last. He also admitted public order, burglary and criminal damage offences which occurred on other dates.

Elliott to meet UUP officers

New Ulster Unionist leader Tom Elliott will meet party staff and officers today following a landslide victory.

Congratulations poured in after the Co Fermanagh farmer (46) saw off the challenge of Lagan Valley Assembly member Basil McCrea by 643 votes to 294. Members gathered in Belfast to cast their vote.

Reg Empey had announced he would quit as Ulster Unionist leader following a dismal general election which left it with no MPs.

Stones' Wood art on show

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood says he's pleased to see his art on the walls of an Ohio gallery instead of in his crowded studio.

Wood says in the studio his paintings, pen and pencil drawings and mixed-media drawings look "like postage stamps" compared to the display that opened on Tuesday at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown.

The exhibition is the first for Wood at a major American museum.

The show is dominated by celebrity portraits, including those of Stones band mates Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts.

Police round up rhino poachers

South African police said they arrested 11 suspected members of a major rhino poaching ring which they said was linked to many poaching incidents.

Police spokesman Vish Naidoo said the suspects include two veterinarians and a game farmer.

Rhino poaching increased dramatically in the last two years due to high demand for rhino horn in Asia, where it is sometimes used for medicinal purposes.