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Teen boy wins his freedom

The High Court has ordered the immediate release from custody of a 17-year-old boy detained at St Patrick's Institution for young offenders.

The boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was earlier this month sentenced to three months at St Patrick's after he admitted a breach of the peace.

However his lawyers sought an inquiry into the legality of his detention under the Constitution. Mr Justice Gerard Hogan found the detention was otherwise than in accordance with the law, and directed his release.


An ad for Listerine mouthwash has been banned for misleadingly suggesting that such products are necessary for dental health.

Defending the ad, Johnson & Johnson said a 2009 survey found that despite 75pc of the population brushing their teeth at least twice a day and a further 23pc brushing once a day, there were still high incidences of oral health issues.

However the ASA said consumers would understand the claim "brushing alone isn't enough" to mean it was accepted within the dental community that a mouthwash should also be used.


Religious observers are asking: "Is Pope Francis an exorcist?" after an incident in St Peter's Square.

The Pope laid his hands on the head of a young man after celebrating Mass.

The man heaved deeply, convulsed and shook, and then slumped in his wheelchair.

The TV station of the Italian bishops' conference said it had surveyed exorcists, who agreed that Francis either performed an exorcism or a prayer to free the man from the devil.


French actor Gerard Depardieu will star in a drama about a Chechen man who seeks revenge for the killing of his son.

Chechnya, a southern Russian province, has been in the spotlight since it emerged that the suspects in April's Boston marathon bombing are ethnic Chechens.