| 0.1°C Dublin

Man accused of gallery damage

A man has gone on trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court accused of damaging a painting at the National Art Gallery two years ago.

Andrew Shannon (50) of Willians Way, Ongar, Dublin 15 has pleaded not guilty to damaging one Claude Monet painting entitled Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sail Boat (1874) at the gallery on Clare Street on June 26, 2012.

The trial before Judge Martin Nolan is expected to last two weeks.

Italian doctor contracts Ebola

An Italian doctor who has been working in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the Ebola virus and is being transferred to Rome for treatment, the health ministry has said. It is Italy's first confirmed case of Ebola.

The doctor, who was not identified and who works for the non-governmental organization Emergency, is scheduled to arrive overnight in Italy for treatment at the Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute for Infectious Diseases in Rome.

All measures are being taken to ensure the safe transport of the patient.

Moroccan flood claims 32 dead

Days of unusually heavy rains pounded Morocco's south and unleashed deadly floods that killed 32 people, the Interior Ministry said.

Near the southern city of Guelmim alone, 24 people died, including 11 bodies that were recovered from the Oued Talmaadart, which is normally a dry riverbed but the flooding turned it into a raging torrent.

TV footage showed swiftly running waters from the Oued Talmaadart cutting across a highway, leaving cars stranded in the middle with people taking refuge on top of their vehicles.

US Defense Secretary quits

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down from Barack Obama's cabinet.

Hagel is the first senior Obama adviser to leave the administration following the sweeping losses in the midterm elections.

It also comes as the US president's national security team has been battered by multiple foreign policy crises, include the rise of the Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.