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250 new jobs for Galway

GALWAY has received a jobs boost after healthcare company Zimmer announced 250 new jobs for the county.

The firm, which is a worldwide leader in musculoskeletal health care, will create the jobs over the next five years at its facility in Oranmore.

The company established a manufacturing facility in Shannon in 2007. It employs 330 people. It will invest over €51m in its new facility.

Bomb attack kills policemen

An Afghan police official says that a roadside bomb planted by the Taliban has killed two policemen in the northern Faryab province.

The spokesman for the provincial police, Massoud Yaquobi, says the police chief of Almar district and his bodyguard, also a policeman, were killed when their vehicle hit the mine.

Police in Afghanistan are particularly vulnerable to insurgent attacks as they lack the resources available to the army, such as rapid evacuation for the wounded and dedicated hospitals.

Actor denies harassment

Actor Adam Deacon has denied harassing fellow star Noel Clarke. He appeared at Hammersmith Magistrates' Court, west London accused of posting abusive and threatening messages on social media relating to the Adulthood director.

Deacon (31) was arrested earlier this month after failing to appear in court. When the Bafta award winner did not turn up for the hearing, a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Art row bill to cost millions

The former owner of a controversial painting is facing having to pay millions in legal costs after losing a High Court battle that shook the London art world.

Respected connoisseurs clashed with other art experts as Lancelot William Thwaytes accused auction house Sotheby's of giving him negligent advice as to whether a painting known as The Card Sharps was the work of Caravaggio.

He lost his claim and a judge ordered him to make an immediate payment to Sotheby's of £1.8m (€2.3m). The total bill claimed by the auction house is some £3.7m but the final amount Mr Thwaytes must pay still has to be assessed.