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Teen in court over crossbow

A TEENAGE boy who pleaded guilty to unlawfully possessing a crossbow after gardai spotted him carrying it in Dublin is to be sentenced in July.

The 16-year-old has pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to two offences under the Firearms Act for possessing the weapon and carrying it without authorisation. Judge John Coughlan noted yesterday that the Probation Service were seeking further time to work with the boy. He adjourned the case until July 10 next.


Boy stabbed 20 times on Crete

A 12-YEAR-OLD Russian boy was stabbed 20 times while on holiday on the island of Crete, allegedly by a Dutchman working as an entertainer at the child's hotel, Greek authorities said.

The boy was airlifted to Athens on a military plane and hospitalised in serious condition yesterday.

The 20-year-old entertainer has been arrested on charges of attempted murder.


Elephant seals catch swine flu

SWINE FLU has been transmitted to elephant seals living off the coast of California.

The H1N1 strain is the same one that caused a worldwide pandemic in 2009. It is the first time the flu strain has been confirmed in a marine mammal.

"We thought we might find influenza viruses, which have been found before in marine mammals, but we did not expect to find pandemic H1N1," said Dr Tracey Goldstein, who led the US team that made the discovery. "This shows influenza viruses can move among species."


Palestine marks displacement

TENS OF thousands of Palestinians marked the 65th anniversary of their mass displacement during the war over Israel's 1948 creation, marching in the streets and in some parts of the West Bank, clashing with Israeli security forces.

Every May 15, Palestinians hold rallies to commemorate the 'nakba', or 'catastrophe' – the term they use to describe the displacement, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were driven from their homes during the fighting.