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Mentally ill man loses court bid

A MAN detained in a psychiatric hospital after medics declared he was suffering from paranoid delusions has lost a High Court bid to secure his release.

The man, in his 30s with two young daughters, had been living with his partner and family.

He was detained on June 11 after he became convinced that his house was full of listening devices and had assaulted his former partner in the street after believing she was having an affair.

Yesterday, Mr Justice Gerard Hogan dismissed the challenge.

REPRIEVE FOR 150 IRISH JOBS

THE jobs of around 150 workers in food service outlets at 32 Esso fuel stations across Ireland have got a temporary reprieve from a High Court judge.

It follows the alleged expiry on June 20 of licence/concession agreements for 911 Retail to operate food service facilities on forecourts.

911 Retail argued that it was entitled to one year's notice of termination of the agreement

Yesterday, Mr Justice Peter Kelly refused to grant the injunctions ahead of the main hearing brought by ESSO Ireland Ltd and Ireland Roc Ltd.

KURD MILITANTS BREAK CEASEFIRE

Kurdish militants said they killed a soldier in south-east Turkey yesterday in retaliation for the killing of a Kurdish protester last week.

Turkish officials denied such an incident occurred.

If true, it would be the first fatal militant attack in the mainly Kurdish south-east since the Kurdistan Workers Party's (PKK) jailed leader, Abdullah Ocalan, declared a ceasefire in March as part of a peace process with Ankara.

LISBON LEADERS LOCKED IN TALKS

The leaders of Portugal's governing coalition parties were locked in negotiations in Lisbon last night to avoid the government's collapse in a dispute over economic austerity measures.

It was the second time in 24 hours that prime minister Pedro Passos Coelho met with the leader of the junior coalition partner, Popular Party chief Paulo Portas, over grievances in the two parties.


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