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€88k for man hurt in France

A RETIRED Dublin man injured in a traffic accident in France has been awarded just over €88,000 in the first case in which an Irish court assessed compensation under the laws of another EU state.

Peter Kelly (75), Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin, sued French-domiciled insurer Groupama arising out of the accident in which a Cannes municipality van hit him as he was crossing Traverse de la Tour while on holiday there in 2009. He had to undergo a total hip replacement operation less than two years later.

Colombia fury over call-girl ad

Colombia asked Spirit Airlines Inc to apologise for an advertisement that used a prostitution scandal involving US Secret Service agents in the country to promote flights to the Caribbean city of Cartagena.

Miramar, Florida-based Spirit's ad, which featured the image of a man in dark sunglasses with scantily clad women and the words "more bang for your buck", was removed following protests by Colombia, said Sergio Diaz-Granados, the government's trade, industry and tourism minister.

Fire at €3m island retreat

A multimillionaire's island retreat has gone up in smoke after a huge fire tore through the wooden building.

A team of 45 firefighters were scrambled to the privately owned 45-acre Green Island in Poole Harbour, Dorset, England.

The island was bought by millionaire Edward Iliffe in 2005 for £2.5m (¤3m) and two years ago he won planning permission to build a luxury six-bedroom log cabin on the island, which was purpose-built in Canada from cedar logs and shipped over.

3 US military killed in crash

Three American military personnel and three civilians died in a single-car crash in Mali's capital, US officials said.

US Africa Command said in a statement that the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

A US defence official said one of the three Americans was from US Army Intelligence and Security Command, and the two others were assigned to US Special Operations.