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Court curb on Elan directors

Elan Corporation directors Vaughn Bryson and Jack Schuler have been restrained by the High Court from acting without authority in a US Court for the company.

Paul Sreenan, counsel for Elan, told Mr Justice Sean Ryan the two directors planned to take the American court proceedings in a corporate governance dispute.

He said the directors were bound by agreement to the jurisdiction of Irish law. Elan was also granted an injunction restraining Bryson and Schuler from instructing US lawyers.

Judge Ryan said the company case was that it was not open to directors to act independently. The court heard that Elan will present a report on the probe next week.

Dozens held in Swazi protests

Police detained dozens of democracy activists on the eve of protests in Swaziland, sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarchy.

Police spokeswoman Wendy Hleta said authorities wanted to question non-Swazis at a meeting about the protests because "we felt that they had no right to interfere".

They detained Swazis before determining who was non-Swazi. Ms Hleta said all were later released.

Ramadan hit by power cut

A blackout darkened large swathes of Yemen just as Muslims were sitting down to break their dawn-to-dusk fast for the holy month of Ramadan.

The Electricity Authority said the outage was due to a grid failure caused by heavy rain.

Officials said millions were without power for most of the night in the capital San'a and other major cities.

Soccer tribute to slain player

Members of the St Lucia football team played in remembrance of a murdered teammate as they took the field for a final match in a New York City tournament.

Isidore Phillip Tisson was shot dead while the team was out celebrating early on August 30. He had scored the winning goal that pushed his team into the finals of the Digicel Caribbean Cup, a showcase for Caribbean talent.

The team went on to lose 1-0 to Jamaica on Sunday.