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Two charged in raid attempt

TWO men have been charged over an attempted robbery at a Spar shop in Fairview, Dublin.

Student Paul Dowdall (26) of Spencer Dock, Dublin 1, and his unemployed co-defendant Christopher McDonald (28), with an address at Waterfall Court, Dublin 3, were charged yesterday evening with attempted robbery at the shop at Marino Mart, in Fairview, on December 7.

They made no reply when charged.

Judge Early remanded McDonald on bail to appear again in February. Dowdall was remanded in custody to appear again next week.

Royal wedding on festive card

Prince Charles has picked a photo from his son's wedding for his official Christmas card this year.

Palace officials have released an image of the card, which pictures Charles standing next to his wife, Camilla, while he holds up his wife's then three-year-old granddaughter -- and royal wedding bridesmaid -- Eliza Lopes.

The palace said the outside of each card features part of the Prince of Wales' crest and his wife's cypher.

Man 'hit with hurley stick'

A 14-YEAR-OLD boy has been accused of luring a fast-food delivery man into a robbery and then attacking him with a hurley stick.

The teen appeared at the Children's Court yesterday charged with robbery and assault causing harm to the man, at La Touche Drive, in Bluebell, Dublin 12, on June 30 last.

Judge Leonard remanded the boy on bail to appear again in January. She reserved a decision on whether the case should be dealt with in the Children's Court or sent to the Circuit Court.

Bomb attack kills 3 soldiers

A police official has said a roadside bomb hit a vehicle carrying paramilitary soldiers in Pakistan's southwestern city of Karachi, killing three of them.

Akram Naeem says the bomb contained around 5 kilograms of explosives and was planted along a road near an army cantonment.

The blast this morning also wounded four soldiers.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.