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Hospital pays €21k to boy (13)

A 13-year-old schoolboy, whose two front teeth were broken when a snooker ball was thrown at him by another child at a Dublin hospital has been awarded €21,500 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

Through his father John Moran, of Elton court, Ard Na Greine, Dublin, Shane Moran sued the Temple Street Children's University hospital for negligence and breach of duty. He claimed the hospital had failed to keep adequate supervision over other children.

Mr Miller told Judge Groarke that liability had been admitted by the hospital, which had made a settlement offer of €21,500. The judge approved it.

Downton cast for carol aid

Actress Zoe Wanamaker is due to join Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes at a carol concert in aid of Asthma UK.

The pair will join Miranda star Patricia Hodge, TV presenter Kirsten O'Brien and Irish classical crossover soprano Margaret Keys to recite their favourite Christmas readings at St Luke's Church in Chelsea, London.

Chemical blast injures 60

Authorities say an explosion at a chemical factory in Argentina has injured more than 60 people.

The blast is being investigated. Officials say it was triggered by a fire at the plant in the city of Alta Cordoba, some 700 kilometers northeast of Buenos Aires.

No deaths were reported, but officials say at least two people were badly injured.

Train drivers to shorten strike

A German train drivers' union says it will end a strike that has caused commuter chaos ahead of the country's celebration tomorrow of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The head of the GDL union announced the strike would end more than a day sooner than planned.

GDL chief Claus Weselsky spoke after a court ruled the strike was lawful.

The union wants a 5pc increase and shorter working hours, but the main sticking point is its demand to negotiate for train drivers and for other staff.