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Teen in assault case remanded

A DUBLIN teenager who produced a knife during a domestic violence incident has been further remanded in custody pending efforts to find him alternative accommodation.

The boy (16), who has no previous convictions, is charged with assaulting two gardai at his north Dublin home on January 14 last. He had been remanded in custody after the Dublin Children's Court heard he could not offer an address to take up bail.

The court also was told that the teenager had a history of mental illness and substance abuse.

Girl held on knife charges

THE case of a 16-year-old girl charged with possessing a knife was adjourned yesterday after a court heard that she has been detained in a secure children's care unit.

The teen, had been placed in HSE a residential unit for children in care, in Co Cavan, but the Children's Court was also told yesterday that she has now been transferred to the Ballydowd Special Care Unit in Dublin.

The secure unit holds troubled youths, who have been taken into care, for their own safety and welfare.

The teen was not present for her case which was adjourned by Judge Clare Leonard for three weeks.

Judge taking alcohol tests

A US judge who was convicted of drunken driving is taking blood-alcohol tests before and during his courtroom work.

Washington County Circuit Judge W Kennedy Boone III said that he accepted the conditions imposed by the Maryland Commission on Judicial Disabilities.

Judge Boone also must attend at least five Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week.

Israel oil find played down

Israel's finance minister is playing down speculation that the country is on the verge of being transformed by natural gas discoveries.

Yuval Steinitz told reporters that new offshore gas finds are valued at an estimated $100-150bn (e73-110bn), based on current market prices.

But he said that because the gas will be exploited over about 40 years, its impact on Israel's national coffers will be modest.