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Teens sent for mugging trial

TWO teenage boys, who allegedly brought a middle-aged man down a dark alleyway where it is claimed he was brutally mugged and knocked unconscious, have been sent forward for trial.

Books of evidence were served on the pair who are aged 16 and charged with robbery of the man, who is in his fifties, at Crampton Court, Dublin 2, in April.

It was held that the case was too serious to be dealt with in the Dublin Children's Court, where they were served with books of evidence by gardai.

Judge John Lindsay made an order sending them forward for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, where they will face their next hearing on October 10.

Costa captain gave lecture

A Rome university professor is facing a disciplinary hearing after inviting the captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner to lecture students on emergency procedures.

The dean of Rome's Sapienza University, Luigi Frati, has expressed anger at the professor's decision to invite Captain Francesco Schettino to give a seminar.

Schettino is being tried for manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning ship over the January 2012 capsize of the Concordia, in which 32 people died.

Students die in bar knife attack

Two Newcastle University medical students have been stabbed to death in Borneo following reports of a row in a bar.

Fourth-year students Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger, both 22, were attacked and killed in the street by a gang of four men after a row in a bar in Kuching, reports indicate.

Fifa exec freed from Rio jail

An executive of FIFA's World Cup hospitality partner was released from a Rio de Janeiro jail while still facing allegations that he headed a $100m ticket scalping ring.

A Supreme Court judge ordered Raymond Whelan to be released from Bangu prison. Police said they seized 83 hospitality packages and tickets from Mr Whelan's room after wiretaps recorded him negotiating ticket sales.