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DSK says he's got immunity

FORMER IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn has claims he has diplomatic immunity and has asked a New York court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the hotel maid who says he sexually assaulted her.

Attorneys filed the motion in a Bronx court, arguing judges there do not have the ability to try the case because Mr Strauss-Kahn's time as head of the fund gives him immunity from the litigation.

The 62-year-old Strauss-Kahn was initially charged with attempted rape and held under house arrest after the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, said he attacked her in his hotel suite May 14 and forced her to perform oral sex.

The case was eventually dismissed.

Norton battles

Wossy for No1

Jonathan Ross has been pitted against his BBC1 chat show replacement Graham Norton in the longlist for the UK's National Television Awards.

Ross (50) who was the BBC's highest-paid TV star before he quit after 13 years at the corporation, is up for best talk show at the ceremony for ITV's The Jonathan Ross Show.

The Graham Norton Show, which replaced Ross's programme on BBC1 on Friday nights, is also up for the award, with others including Alan Carr: Chatty Man (C4) and The Alan Titchmarsh Show (ITV1).

Man hurt by shotgun blast

A MAN was blasted in the face with a shotgun last night.

The shooting happened at Tubbercurry, Co Sligo, around 8 pm. The victim, in his 30s, was taken to Sligo General Hospital where he was undergoing treatment for his wounds today.

A man, also aged in his 30s, was arrested in the area and he was being questioned today at Ballymoate Garda Station.