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Man accused of child sex assault

The trial of a Dublin man accused of the sexual assault and defilement of a child has continued in legal argument in the absence of a jury.

Pleas of not guilty were entered by the court on behalf of the 64-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, on all 14 counts. The charges included two of sexual assault and 12 of defilement of a child in both Kildare and Dublin on dates between August 1, 2008 and January 6, 2009.

The trial is expected to resume at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court tomorrow.



Nato soldier killed by bomb

NATO says one of its soldiers has been killed in a roadside bombing in a restive southern Afghan province.

An Afghan interpreter was killed and eight people injured in a Taliban attack on a US-run civilian and military base in the area.

Separately, the US-led coalition said they and Afghan forces repelled a coordinated attack by the insurgents on the base in Kandahar yesterday. Nato said its forces returned fire while Afghan police began clearing the compound.



Reality TV star on love split

Reality TV star Brad Goreski says there were no hard feelings between him and celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe, despite their much buzzed-about professional split.

Goreski says "everything's totally fine" with him and his former boss. He praised Zoe as "a great teacher" at the launch of Tommy Hilfiger's Eau de Prep fragrance in New York.

The stylist branched out on his own last year after nearly three years working with Zoe and starring in The Rachel Zoe Project on Bravo.



Plane crashes on city street

A small plane broke into pieces as it crashed on a city street while approaching Vancouver's airport, injuring all nine people aboard and someone on the ground. No one was killed.

Alyssa Polinsky, a spokeswoman for Vancouver Coastal Health, said three people were rushed to Vancouver General Hospital in critical condition yesterday, while three more were stable.

"We have everything from burns to fractures and back injuries," Polinsky said.