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Cafe worker on rape charge

A MAN has gone on trial charged with raping a teenage girl at his Dublin work premises.

The man (42) has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping and sexually assaulting the now 18-year-old girl in a cafe in the city on July 17, 2009.

Michael Durack , prosecuting, told the jury in his opening speech that it would hear how the accused opened up the cafe and invited the complainant and her two friends in for drinks after meeting them on the street around 6am.

The trial continues before Mr Justice John Edwards and a jury of eight men and four women.

Flick knife boy awaits report

SENTENCING of a 16-year-old boy found with a concealed flick knife in an apartment building in Dublin has been adjourned for a social worker's report on him to be furnished to the Children's Court.

The teenager pleaded guilty last month to possessing the knife, which he claimed was for self-protection, and trespassing at a Dublin apartment building on July 16 last.

The teenager was remanded on continuing bail to appear again in January.

Mugabe sued by his own PM

Zimbabwe's prime minister is suing President Robert Mugabe, claiming he violated the constitution and a power-sharing agreement.

Morgan Tsvangirai is seeking annulment of Mugabe's unilateral appointment of 10 provincial governors last month, which he said in court papers, intentionally broke the constitution.

He said the power-sharing agreement required the president to consult with the prime minister before making key appointments and Mugabe did not.

Archbishop on sex charges

The archbishop of an orthodox church in Canada was charged with of sexual assault.

Kenneth Storheim (64), known as Archbishop Seraphim in his role as head of the Canadian archdiocese of the Orthodox Church in America, is accused of assaulting two people.