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In brief: Court fight for axed boxer (17)

A young boxer has brought a High Court challenge against being dropped from the national team.

Michael O'Reilly (17) was given permission by the court to bring proceedings aimed at securing an injunction preventing the Irish Amateur Boxing Association from deselecting him.

The boxer was dropped from the European Youth Championships later this month after he missed a training camp. He claims he was given permission after his car was broken into.

Nuclear plant leaks into river

A radioactive form of hydrogen has leaked from a US nuclear plant into a major river, say health officials.

Water samples from the shoreline near the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant tested positive for small amounts of tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen which has been linked to cancer when ingested in large amounts.

Contaminated water has been found in the Connecticut River.

Governor Peter Shumlin wants more wells to pull contaminated water from the ground.

35pc have risky

holiday romps

More than one in three (35pc) has had unprotected sex with a stranger or new partner while on holiday, according to a poll.

Those in their 50s are the least likely to use contraception with a new lover -- about 16pc compared with 4pc of those aged 26 to 30 and 6pc of people aged 22 to 25.

The survey of 3,000 people found alcohol and poor availability of condoms as major reasons people do not use protection.