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Teens accused of 'cig' attack

A POLISH national has been left scarred for life after a gang attack which began when he told a girl he did not have a cigarette, a court has heard.

Two 17-year-old boys and a 16-year-old girl appeared at the Children's Court yesterday charged with the attack at Fairview park on May 30 last year.

The court heard that the victim, who is in his 40s, was set on by about 15 youths.

It was alleged that the attack began when a teenage girl had asked him for a cigarette and when he said he had none, she swung a tree branch at him. The youths then attacked him. The three were remanded to a later date.

X Factor Kelly goes on tour

X Factor judge Kelly Rowland is to be among the headline acts on the BBC Radio 1Xtra Live tour.

The singer appears on the bill alongside acts such as Jessie J on the tour which kicks off later this month.

Rowland flew back to the UK on Wednesday after missing last weekend's X Factor through illness.

Also among the performers during the four-date English tour are chart stars Wretch 32, Nero, Chase & Status, Dappy and Tinchy Stryder.

Rock hero dies on band's bus

The lead guitarist for the heavy metal band GWAR has been found dead on the tour bus following a concert in Minneapolis.

Cory Smoot's body was discovered yesterday before the bus crossed into Canada on the Virginia-based band's tour.

It's unclear what caused Smoot's death or how old he was. Smoot had performed since 2002 under the name 'Flattus Maximus', with the band known for its comically grotesque sci-fi/fantasy-based costumes, stage antics and vulgar lyrics.

Soldiers jailed for killing family

Fourteen Mexican soldiers have been jailed over the fatal shooting of two women and three children whose vehicle failed to stop at an army checkpoint four years ago.

The commanding officer got 40 years at a court martial and another officer received 38 years.

A judge gave 12 enlisted soldiers 16-year sentences.