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In Brief: KBC Bank wins €21m payback

A BUSINESSMAN has consented to judgment for €21.2m being entered against him in favour of KBC Bank over unpaid loans and guarantees mainly related to a shopping centre development in Navan, Co Meath.

A six-month stay applies on execution of the judgment order.

Mr Justice Peter Kelly entered judgment at the Commercial Court yesterday against Patrick Kerrigan, Cortown, Kells, Co Meath.

Three killed in illegal gold clash

Thousands of illegal gold miners battled police for control of a regional capital in Peru's Amazon basin.

At least three people were killed by gunfire.

Outnumbered riot police fired tear gas against miners who wielded clubs and rocks and tried to seize strategic facilities in Puerto Maldonado.

The miners are fighting government efforts to regulate small-scale gold extraction, which is ravaging the rainforest, contaminating it with tons of mercury.

Car crash was a lie -- Lohan

Lindsay Lohan has described claims that her car grazed a man's knee outside a Hollywood nightclub as "a complete lie".

Lohan (25) went straight to her 3 million Twitter followers to respond to the latest in a long line of car-related woes for the Mean Girls actress and Saturday Night Live host.

Lohan tweeted: "These false accusations are absurd."

According to police, Lohan's black Porsche was surrounded by paparazzi outside the club at about 12.30am yesterday. The man told officers her car grazed his knee outside the club. A police report was not taken.

Brand lashes out at snapper

Russell Brand claimed he grabbed a photographer's iPhone and threw it through a window as "a tribute" to Apple boss Steve Jobs who died last year.

He grabbed the phone while a photographer was using it to take pictures of him in New Orleans and threw it away, smashing the window of a nearby office. Brand tweeted: "Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iPhone irreverently."