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Teen trio face attack charges

THREE teenagers were charged yesterday over an alleged group attack on a man in north Dublin.

Two boys, aged 16 and 17, and a 16-year-old girl, made their first appearance at the Dublin Children's Court yesterday.

Each faced two charges in connection with the incident at Annsley Bridge Road, Fairview, on May 30 last year.

They are accused of taking part in a violent disorder and assault causing harm.

The three were aged 15 at the time of the incident and Judge Clare Leonard also heard that the prosecution file on the case was "massive".

The teenagers were remanded on bail to appear again in November.

Al-Qa'ida gang kills villagers

Al-Qa'ida-linked militants have killed a soldier and five villagers and wounded five others in an attack in a southern island province of the Philippines.

The attacked took place outside Sumisip township on Basilan Island.

The assault comes two days after a Muslim group attacked Philippine marines guarding a US-funded school construction project on Jolo Island south of Basilan.

That clash killed 13 gunmen, two marines and two villagers.

Sex diseases

hit Aborigines

Aborigines suffer far higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases than other Australians despite being targeted by safe sex initiatives, a new study shows.

A sexual health conference in Canberra heard that Aborigines were diagnosed with gonorrhea at a rate almost 27 times higher than the wider Australian community.

The conference also heard that the diagnosis rate of infectious syphilis was five times higher among Aborigines than other Australians and chlamydia was more than three times higher.

Thailand flood toll hits 166

The death toll from flooding in Thailand over the past two months rose to 166, and 23 provinces remain submerged, according to government.

Heavy rain since July 25 has caused flooding in 57 of the country's 77 provinces.