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Reprieve for drunk girl (17)

A 17-year-old girl, who got drunk and punched her care worker, has been spared a criminal conviction.

She had pleaded guilty at Dublin Children's Court to assaulting the woman in the early hours of New Year's Day.

The judge noted that the probation report on the teen was "extremely positive" and struck out the case.

Beat racists... have a curry

STUDENTS are being urged to eat Indian food in a campaign dubbed Vindaloo Against Violence to show their opposition to dozens of attacks on Indians in Australia.

Organisers in Melbourne hope thousands across the country will go for a curry on February 24 to protest against the racist attacks, which include a fatal stabbing. Mia Northrop said: "Just dining on Indian food is a way of embracing the Indian community."

Ex-cop in court over murder

A former police inspector will appear before magistrates today charged with murdering an 80-year-old woman in Northern Ireland more than two decades ago.

Ken McConnell (58), who now works as a security guard at the University of Ulster, is accused of strangling Annabella Symington in her South Belfast home on Halloween night in 1989. He was arrested at the university's Jordanstown campus outside Belfast on Tuesday.