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Teen robbed delivery man

A 14-YEAR-OLD who admitted that he "set up" a delivery man by luring him into a robbery and then attacked him with a hurley stick, has been remanded in custody.

Yesterday at the Dublin Children's Court, Judge Ann Ryan revoked the teenager's bail and remanded him to a juvenile detention centre for assessments.

He had pleaded guilty earlier to robbery and assault causing harm to the man, in the Bluebell area, in Dublin 12, on June 3 last year.

His case had been adjourned for him to attend an addiction treatment programme. However, the court heard the boy, now 15, had not been engaging with his probation officer. He will appear again next week.

Israeli killed on Gaza border

A Palestinian gunman killed an Israeli on the Gaza Strip border today, an Israeli security source said.

Palestinian witnesses heard shooting near Abassan, a village in southern Gaza that is also close to the Egyptian frontier.

Gaza's Islamist Hamas rulers and other militants are hostile to the Jewish state, but violence had abated in recent months.

Samoa to set criminals free

Samoa says it will release 35 prisoners as an act of forgiveness as it celebrates its 50th anniversary of independence.

Samoa's head of state made the announcement as he spoke to thousands gathered at the parliamentary grounds in Apia.

Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi told the crowd that at times of celebration, it is important to believe in the powers of forgiveness and mercy. He did not say who would be released or what their crimes were.

Bombing halts drug couriers

Venezuela's military has recently bombed and destroyed 36 clandestine airstrips in the country as part of an effort to shut down air routes used by drug smugglers.

Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami said drug smuggling flights into Venezuelan airspace had been reduced 50pc since the beginning of the year as the government of President Hugo Chavez seeks to combat trafficking.