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In brief: Eason's chief halts dismissal

A SENIOR manager at booksellers Eason's has won a temporary High Court order preventing his removal.

Group human resources manager Tony Duggan secured the order restraining the company removing him from his post, or appointing someone to a differently named position, which he claims is his.

Mr Duggan (60), Foxrock Avenue, Foxrock, Co Dublin, has been with Eason's since 1987 and was head of personnel before being appointed group HR manager in 2005, the court heard.

Clinton fury at gun massacre

US secretary of State Hillary Clinton has spoken out after a video showed women being gunned down by soldiers backing Ivory Coast's strongman Laurent Gbagbo.

The all-women march was demanding the departure of Mr Gbagbo, who has refused to leave office despite being declared the loser of November's presidential election. At least six women were killed.

Mrs Clinton said Mr Gbagbo had shown "a callous disregard for human life and the rule of law, preying on the unarmed and the innocent".

Customs grabs PlayStations

Customs officials in the Netherlands have halted a shipment of Sony PlayStation 3 game consoles in a move the Japanese company said was related to rival LG Electronics' accusations of patent infringement.

Sony said Dutch officials told the company in late February that a shipment was being held for "inspection".

LG is claiming the Blu-ray technology used in the Sony consoles infringes patents.

Child carer on killing charge

A daycare worker accused of leaving the children she was watching alone when a fire broke out has been charged with manslaughter in the deaths of four of them.

The new indictments were handed down by a grand jury in Houston, Texas.

Jessica Tata had already been charged with reckless injury to a child and three counts of abandoning a child. She is believed to have fled to Nigeria.