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Garda battles for injury cash

A GARDA who injured his thumb during an arrest is challenging a refusal by the Minister for Justice to allow him to bring a compensation claim.

Garda Oliver Kennedy sustained injuries to his right thumb during an arrest which turned violent at Elm Park, Limerick, in April 2008.

Garda Kennedy applied for compensation in June 2008, but in July 2010 the Department of Justice informed him of its intention to find that his injuries were minor and did not involve special risk.

Mr Justice Michael Peart granted Garda Kennedy leave to bring a challenge and made the matter returnable to a date later this month.

Blair proposed for satire show

Have I Got News For You star Ian Hislop wants former British prime minister Tony Blair to appear on the satirical show.

Hislop, who has been a regular feature on the BBC's current affairs comedy for years, said he thought Mr Blair would make a "terrific" guest.

The Private Eye editor said in an interview with Radio Times that he kept suggesting the show approach Mr Blair to appear.

"He would be terrific, but for some reason they never book him."

US missiles kill seven militants

A US drone fired missiles at a house in Pakistan today killing seven alleged militants.

The strike occurred in Miran Shah, a key hub for Taliban and al-Qa'ida militants, said officials.

Most of the suspected militants killed in the attack were from the Pakistani Taliban, said officials.

Insurgents linked to Afghan militant groups who were harbouring them were also killed, they added.

Ten killed in house collapse

Ten people were killed and another 12 injured when a house toppled over in the Hunan province of China.

Reports said the 22 people had gathered to make funeral arrangements for the homeowner's uncle.

Many homes in China's rural areas are built without foundations and buildings falling over from landslides are common.