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Teen assault case is delayed

A JUDGE refused to strike out the case of a youth awaiting trial for assaulting a Polish national who has been left scarred for life after a gang attack in Dublin.

The 17-year-old boy has been charged with assault causing harm and violent disorder, in Fairview, in north Dublin, on May 30 last year.

His case is to heard in the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, which has wider sentencing powers, but first he must be served with a book of evidence.

Defence solicitor Michelle Finan had asked the judge to strike it out because of the delays, but the case was adjourned to January 6.

Arrest for third of US citizens

About 30pc of Americans have been arrested by the age of 23 for something other than a traffic violation, increasing their chances of professional and family strife, researchers say.

By the age of 18, about 16pc to 27pc of teenagers have been arrested at least once, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics.

Youths with arrest records have lower earnings, longer periods of unemployment and a greater risk of family conflict than those without, according to the study.

Everything but car in garage...

It seems garages are used to store just about everything ... except the car.

Just 19pc are put away in a garage at night, analysis by the RAC Foundation showed.

Yet as many as two-fifths of households have access to a garage, the foundation said.

The British study showed that 53pc of cars are left on driveways and 25pc are parked on the street, with 3pc being left elsewhere.

Garages are now being increasingly used to store possessions, while modern cars are often too big to fit in.

'Sick' Pakistan president home

Pakistan's president returned home today, nearly two weeks after a surprise trip to Dubai for medical treatment sparked rumours that he might step down under pressure from the country's powerful military.

President Asif Ali Zardari's plane landed in Karachi. His arrival should help quell speculation about his future, but officials have not spelled out exactly what was wrong with the president.