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Teen sex attack on boy (14)

A TEENAGER threatened to shoot a younger boy unless the victim allowed the youth to sexually assault him, a court heard.

The defendant, who was 16 at the time, admitted sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy at the victim's home on May 12, 2010, when the two boys were playing video games.

Limerick Circuit Court heard that the defendant told the victim, "he'd shoot him in the back of the head".

Judge Carroll Moran adjourned sentencing and asked that a probation report be compiled on the defendant.

The now 18-year-old was remanded on continuing bail until February 5 for sentence.

Man on pub damage charge

A DUBLIN man has appeared in court accused of smashing up a pub bar and causing over €2,000 worth of damage.

Martin Murray (43) is alleged to have entered the Roadstone Social Club as a trespasser and damaged the bar and bar equipment.

Murray, of Ardmore Drive in Tallaght, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with burglary and criminal damage.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell adjourned the case until next month.

France's gay marriage delay

FRANCE is delaying debate on a draft law authorising gay marriage, as the government grapples with increasingly vocal opposition to the idea.

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault first named October 31 as the date when ministers would present the law. But his office said that this will now be on November 7.

On Thursday, France's Chief Rabbi Gilles Bernheim joined other religious leaders in opposing the plans, while more than 1,200 French mayors and deputies have signed a petition protesting them.

Geographic to sell off archive

THE National Geographic Society, which has chronicled scientific expeditions, wildlife and world cultures for more than 100 years, amassing 11.5 million photographs, is to sell off part of its archive.

About 240 lots are to be sold at Christie's auction house in December.

The sale is expected to bring $3m (¤2.3m).