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In brief: Cleaners get €85k for libel

A CONTRACT cleaning company has been awarded €85,000 in damages after winning its action for defamation against Vodafone and advertising company DDFH&B.

A jury at the High Court found that an advertisement published by Vodafone in 2005 suggested that Grosvenor Cleaning Services Ltd was inefficient and carried on its business in an inefficient manner.

The company was awarded €75,000 for damage to its reputation and €10,000 in special damages. The jury dismissed a defamation action brought by Grosvenor's managing director, Bernard McCauley, finding that he was not identifiable by the ad.

Piers Morgan's baby girl joy

Journalist and former Britain's Got Talent judge Piers Morgan has become a father for the fourth time.

He announced the arrival of a daughter named Elise on Twitter tonight.

The child is the first for Morgan (46) and his wife, journalist Celia Walden. The couple were married in June last year. Morgan, who presents Piers Morgan Tonight on US channel CNN, also has three sons from his first marriage.

Gang shoots tourist dead

Gunmen burst into a restaurant in Mali's most famous city of Timbuktu, grabbed four tourists dining there and executed one when he refused to climb into their truck, according to witnesses.

The armed men entered the restaurant and pointed their guns at four tourists, said Moussa Boubacar, a customer.

The four followed the gunmen outside, but when the gunmen tried to make them enter a vehicle, one of the tourists refused. The kidnappers opened fire, killing him on the spot. The tourists are believed to be Europeans.

Flood chaos hits Aussies

Flooding in eastern Australia has left hundreds of people trapped in their rural homes and prompted rescues of at least 10 people from their vehicles.

Heavy rain has inundated several townships in northern New South Wales state, trapping motorists in their cars and leaving rural properties swamped.