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In brief: Teacher on sex abuse charges

A US school teacher accused of sexually abusing 20 students has been arrested.

Eight counts of continual sexual abuse and seven counts of lewd acts upon a child have been filed against Robert Pimental (57) for abuse that allegedly took place at George De La Torre Jr Elementary in Wilmington, Los Angeles.

Misdemeanor charges are also expected.

His bail has been set at $12m (¤8.9m) and an arraignment date hasn't been set.

Couple sues Scientology

A couple has filed a lawsuit claiming the Church of Scientology duped them into giving hundreds of thousands of dollars for causes that were misrepresented.

Luis and Maria Garcia, of Irvine, California, filed the federal lawsuit in Tampa against several church-affiliated organisations.

Among the accusations is that they were repeatedly strong-armed into supporting disaster relief efforts, only to find the money never went where it was supposed to.

€9m cocaine hid in juice tins

One of the biggest-ever seizures of liquid cocaine has been made after the drug was detected in juice tins at Gatwick Airport.

The drug was found hidden in tins marked as carrot juice that were flown in from Jamaica on January 14.

Around 80kg of liquid cocaine was found which could have a street value of around £8m (¤9.49m).

Police tracked the drugs to Beckenham in south London and five people were arrested.

William Hayles (50) and Randall St Patrick Lewis (52) have been charged with conspiracy to import controlled drugs and are due to appear at the Old Bailey on April 26. The other three are on bail.

Nazi-looted art sells for €1.87m

A poster collection seized from a Jewish collector by the Nazis and only returned to his descendants in recent years has fetched around $2.5m (¤1.87m ) at a New York auction.

Hans Sachs was born in 1881 and started collecting posters as a teenager.

His grandson Peter Sachs went through a legal battle for several years to get back what was left of the collection.