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Teen put in care over damage

A 16-year-old boy has been bound to the peace for criminal damage and assault incidents in a specialist care centre for youths.

He was accused of damaging six windows, to the value of €2,100, at the Ballydowd special therapeutic care centre for troubled young people, in Dublin, on a date in November.

He was also charged with damaging a window and a minor assault on a male member of staff there on a date in August and causing damage to windows and other fixtures at the centre in September.

More airstrikes against IS sites

The United States led six more air strikes against Islamic State in Syria and five in Iraq since early Thursday, according to the US-led military coalition.

The strikes in Syria centred around the key border town of Kobani, destroying nine of the militants' fighting positions, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement.

Woman guilty of bleach attack

A woman who threw bleach in the face of a teenage model has been warned she could be jailed.

Rebecca Morris (18) admitted throwing the bleach at Victoria Smith (17) at an earlier hearing at Hull Crown Court.

Miss Smith, who goes by the modelling name of Toria Melody, suffered injuries to her eyes and body in the attack. The court heard Miss Smith had made a "full physical recovery" since the attack.

But Judge Tremberg read a paragraph from Miss Smith's victim impact statement, which states that doctors said she had permanent damage in both eyes.

Italy denies paying ransom

Reports that a €12m ransom was paid by the Italian government to free two aid workers kidnapped in Syria have been described as "baseless" following public criticism, but a government spokesperson did not deny directly that a payment had been made.

Vanessa Marzullo and Greta Ramelli were kidnapped in July while volunteering as healthcare assistants in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

They returned home yesterday.


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