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Girl (11) settles ¤77k hip case

AN 11-year old girl who needed hip surgery because a hospital allegedly failed to carry out an X-ray of her hips within the first three months of her life has settled her High Court action for €77,500.

Hannah Houlihan sued the South Eastern Health Board through her mother Una, of Gaultier, Dunmore East, Co Waterford. Liability was denied.

It was claimed that there was an alleged failure to monitor the baby's progress in an appropriate manner within the first weeks of her birth at Waterford Regional Hospital in October 2000.

Counsel for Ms Houlihan, Michael Counihan, said if the dislocated hip had been found within the three-month period it would not have needed surgery.

Quakes shake New Guinea

A strong 6.7 earthquake has rattled Papua New Guinea.

There were no immediate reports of injury or damage from the quake.

According to the US Geological Survey, the quake struck at 8.15am local time and was centred 238 miles north of Port Moresby.

The USGS estimated the earthquake's centre was about 65 miles below the ground.

Jail bid to free killer woman

Two men, including a former prison guard, have been arrested in a plot to break out Tennessee's only woman death-row inmate.

Christa Pike, was sentenced to death in 1996 for the brutal killing of a fellow Knoxville Job Corps student.

Colleen Slemmer (18) was stabbed and beaten by Pike and Tadaryl Shipp, Pike's boyfriend in January 1995.

The two carved a pentagram into Ms Slemmer's chest, and investigators claimed Pike, who was 18 at the time, took a piece of the victim's skull for a souvenir.

Sect members

kill nine soldiers

Suspected members of a radical Islamist sect attacked a town in northern Nigeria and fought soldiers while trying to escape, leaving at least nine of them dead.

The attack by the sect known as Boko Haram happened overnight in Tundun Wada in Kano state, a city about 60 miles from the state capital of Kano.