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Teen avoids jail over assault

A YOUTH has been spared a custodial sentence for a botched drink-fuelled robbery at a Chinese restaurant in Dublin.

The 17-year-old boy demanded food before a female staff member was struck in the face at the Far East takeaway in Santry in the city's north side on a date in April, the Dublin Children's Court heard.

The teen pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted robbery and yesterday after Judge John O'Connor was furnished with a pre-sentence report, a six-month probation bond was imposed.

The employee suffered minor injuries.

The teen also pleaded guilty to public order and criminal damage charges.

Child nearly froze to death

Doctors in southern Poland are working to save a two-year-old boy who was found unconscious after spending a frigid night outdoors, wearing only socks and a pyjama top.

Janusz Skalski, a doctor at the children's hospital in Krakow, said the boy's body temperature was 12C and his heart was beating once every few dozen seconds when he was brought in on Sunday.

Doctors will begin today to slowly bring him out of medically induced coma.

Anglers to reel in BBC viewers

The BBC is to screen its first TV angling contest for three decades, with bosses taking contestants to far flung waterways such as the Amazon to see who has the hooks factor.

The programme, which is provisionally to be called The Big Fish, will be a six-part series to test the skills of amateur anglers.

The hour-long episodes will see hopefuls travel to a range of countries with different climates.

Pele's condition 'is improving'

FOOTBALL great Pele has been taken out of intensive care as his condition continues to improve, a Brazilian hospital said.

The Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo said the 74-year-old is under "semi-intensive" care.

He remains in the room he was transferred to five days ago for kidney support treatment.


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