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Warrant issued over bike theft

A WARRANT has been issued for the arrest of a boy accused of breaking into an apartment building and stealing a racer bicycle worth €1,000.

At the Dublin Children's Court, Judge Eamon O'Brien heard that the 15-year-old boy had been arrested on April 7 last for theft of the bicycle at Parnell Street, in Dublin city centre.

Another charge for trespassing with intent to put fear in another and criminal damage to a door at Belmont Hall, Gardiner Street, on February 6 last, has also been brought against the teen, who was not present for the case.

Judge O'Brien issued a bench warrant for the teenager in relation to the trespassing related offences.

He adjourned the theft prosecution until a date next month.

Obama to visit space launch

A White House official said President Barack Obama plans to attend next week's launch of the US space shuttle Endeavour.

He will be joined by his wife, Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha.

Mr Obama had already planned to be in Florida that day to give a commencement address at Miami Dade College.

Blast at Czech explosive plant

Four people are missing after a huge nitroglycerine explosion a factory in the Czech Republic.

The blast destroyed a building at the Explosia AS plant, 60 miles east of Prague, which makes explosives for customers including the Czech military.

At least one person was injured in the mystery blast and rescue workers with sniffer dogs were searching the site for victims.

UN warning on nuclear danger

The world must prepare for more nuclear accidents on the scale of Chernobyl and Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, the UN chief has warned, saying that grim reality will demand sharp improvements in international co-operation.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and others portrayed the growth of nuclear power plants as inevitable in an energy-hungry world as they spoke at a Kiev conference commemorating the explosion of a reactor at Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear reactor 25 years ago.