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Teen was hurt in stolen car

A 15-YEAR-OLD joyrider with 30 criminal convictions, who was injured when a stolen car he travelled in crashed and ended up on its roof, has been remanded on bail pending sentence.

He pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to allowing himself to be carried in the car in the early hours of September 11, 2009 and had his sentencing adjourned until April for a probation report to be obtained.

The teenager, who has never been given a custodial sentence, has also had a threat made against his life, the court has heard.

Nursing home court challenge

A NUMBER of medical card holders have brought High Court challenges seeking the repayment of nursing home fees which were allegedly incorrectly charged against them before a new law was brought in four years ago.

The families claim they were forced to pay for private sector nursing home beds for their mothers as a result of the alleged failure of the State to provide them with public beds which they were entitled to as medical card holders. The claims are denied.

Ferry inferno leaves 11 dead

A crowded ferry caught fire in Indonesia, killing at least 11 people and sending panicking passengers jumping into the sea, officials said.

Nearly 200 people were injured, some critically.

Bambang Ervan, a spokesman for the Transportation Ministry, said the blaze broke out at around 3am, just 40 minutes after the loaded-down ship left Merak port on Java island for neighbouring Sumatra.

Billowing clouds of black smoke could be seen from the shore, which was less than two miles away.

Suicide victim in Buddhist centre

An American man has died after setting himself on fire in an abandoned Buddhist centre in northwestern India, leaving a cryptic suicide note that blamed his death on "cruel incidents" in his homeland and India, police said Thursday.

The charred body of Jeff Knaebel, a 71-year-old Californian, was found by villagers at a meditation site in Rajasthan state.