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Teen on bail over shooting

A Teenager charged over the shooting of a man in Finglas has been remanded on continuing bail.

The man, who is in his 20s, had been hospitalised after he was shot in the early hours of October 18 last. A 17-year-old boy was charged at the Dublin Children's Court with assault causing harm and possessing a handgun, at Mellows Avenue, in Finglas in connection with the shooting.

The DPP has directed that the case should be sent forward to the Circuit Court, which on conviction has wider sentencing powers.

Florida acts to salvage crops

Florida's governor has signed an emergency order to deal with the cold weather threatening the state's crops.

Charlie Crist signed the executive order that eases the normal restrictions on transporting crops. It also gives the State's Division of Emergency Management and other agencies the authority to provide growers with help. Farmers are trying to salvage millions of dollars worth of citrus and vegetable crops, as forecasters say the cold spell will last through the weekend.

Pupils in trouble for 'terror' shirts

At least nine Michigan high school pupils are in trouble for wearing sweatshirts evoking the 2001 terrorist attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center's Twin Towers.

Dearborn Public Schools spokesman David Mustonen said the shirts the Arab-American boys wore to Edsel Ford High School were "offensive" and in "poor taste".

The boys belong to the 2011 class and on the shirts the number 11 resembles two buildings with the school's Thunderbird mascot flying towards them. "You can't bring us down" is printed beneath.

28 UN staff killed in 2009

At least 28 United Nations civilian staff were killed in violent acts in 2009, the majority in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the UN Staff Union said.

Seven peacekeepers also died, six serving with the joint UN-African Union force in Darfur, the union said. The seventh victim was the deputy commander of the UN force in southern Sudan, who was killed while on leave in Pakistan.