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Pupil (6) charged over principal kick

Police in a small Indiana town hauled a six-year-old from his primary school and charged him with battery and intimidation after he kicked and threatened a principal.

The incident followed one earlier this month where police handcuffed a six-year-old girl who had injured a principal and damaged property at a school in Georgia. She was not charged.

Power firm cuts off eternal flame

Kyrgyzstan's 'Eternal Flame' war memorial has been snuffed out because its gas bill was not paid.

A power company in the economically struggling former Soviet nation's capital Bishkek says it is owed around €8,500 for a bill stretching back three years.

HIV man fights saliva sentence

A gay-rights group is urging New York state's high court to overturn the conviction of an HIV-positive man whose saliva was found to be a "dangerous instrument" in a biting case.

David Plunkett was sentenced in 2007 to 10 years in prison for aggravated assault, a crime that requires the use of a "dangerous instrument".

Replica art swap puzzles ministry

Two valuable paintings in Ukrainian government offices have been mysteriously swapped for replicas, its Culture Ministry said.

The landscape paintings by Ukrainian artist Mykola Hlushchenko have been on display in the government building since August 2001.

Bee Gees' Robin vows to battle on

The wife of hospital-bound Robin Gibb said the Bee Gees star has vowed never to give up on his fight for life.

The singer has amazed doctors with his fightback following treatment for cancer and a bout of pneumonia which put him in a coma for several days. Dwina Gibb said in an interview that the star said to doctors he wanted to live "no matter what" -- despite being given little of recovery.

Berries can stave off mental decline

A daily bowl of strawberries and blueberries may help slow age-related mental decline, US research suggests.

Regular consumption of the fruits can delay cognitive ageing by up to two-and-a-half years, according to information collected from 122,000 registered nurses aged 30 to 55 since 1976. Those who had consumed larger amounts of the two fruits appeared to experience slower mental decline.

Irish Independent