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Second chance for mugger (16)

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy, who mugged two youngsters while he was on bail for other thefts, has been given a last chance to avoid being detained.

The youth picked on a 19-year-old woman and a boy, aged 14, during the muggings, which occurred on February 18 near the Navan Road in Dublin 7.

Yesterday, Judge John O'Connor heard at Dublin Children's Court that the youth had refused the offer of a residential placement at a centre to help young offenders.

But the boy then changed his mind when Judge O'Connor said this left the court with no option but to impose a custodial sentence for the "serious charges". His sentencing was adjourned for three weeks.

Woman on acid attack charge

A woman accused of carrying out an acid attack on a shop worker has been remanded in custody.

Mary Konye (21) of Canning Town, east London, is charged with throwing a corrosive fluid with intent to maim.

Naomi Oni, also aged 21, claims to have suffered burns, and lost her hair and eyelashes after the chemical was thrown at her on December 30, 2012 in Dagenham, Essex. Konye will next appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court on May 15.

Early US settlers were cannibals

Scientists have uncovered evidence that early American colonists resorted to cannibalism to survive.

It follows the discovery of the bones of a 14-year-old girl in Jamestown, Virginia, with clear signs that she had been cannibalised.

The remains date back to 1609-1610, when settlers arrived from England during the worst drought in 800 years, said archaeologists at the town's Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

Free trips for subway baby

A baby boy born in one of Mexico City's subway stations will be allowed to ride the trains free for life.

The baby's 22-year-old mother was trying to get to the hospital when she went into labour on Tuesday.

Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera wrote on Twitter that he has granted the as yet unnamed boy the right to ride the subway free for life.