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Thursday 14 December 2017

Man jailed for house attack

A man acquitted of taking part in a gang rape of a woman in her Monaghan home has been given a six-month suspended sentence for assaulting her boyfriend.

He and his two co-accused were found not guilty by a jury last week of raping, falsely imprisoning and assaulting the woman. He was convicted of the single charge of assault causing harm to her partner following a two week trial.

The 28-year-old pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to falsely imprisoning the woman, raping her and assaulting her and her partner causing them harm at their Monaghan home between November 15 and 19, 2010.



Dog mauls TV anchor on air

A TV anchor who was bitten in the face by a 39kg dog during a live broadcast says she needed 70 stitches in her lips and nose.

Kyle Dyer of KUSA-TV in Denver wrote on her Facebook page over the weekend that she can't talk because her mouth is stitched shut to let a skin graft take and so blood can circulate in her lips again.

Dyer was injured last Wednesday while doing an on-air segment with the dog's owner and a firefighter who had rescued the Argentine Mastiff from an icy pond in suburban Lakewood the day before.



Challenges for peace in Syria

The Obama administration said it backed Arab League plans to end the continuing violence in Syria, but noted several obstacles to deploying a proposed international peacekeeping force.

US officials indicated they would consider the Arab League call for peacekeepers and discuss it with other countries, but stressed there would be difficulties in getting required United Nations Security Council authorisation.



Smuggling boss accused in China

A court in eastern China has indicted a man long considered the country's number one fugitive on charges of bribery and running a ¤7.5bn smuggling ring.

Lai Changxing fought extradition from Canada for 12 years, but was deported in July after Beijing promised he would not face the death penalty.

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