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Mongolians win college cash

TWO Mongolian office clerks, who each paid €6,500 to the Eurocollege Institute of Education in Dublin before discovering they could not obtain student visas, have been awarded judgments against the college.

John Nolan told the Circuit Civil Court yesterday that since paying each student a €1,000 cash refund, there had been no response from the college.

He said Dorj Odsaikhan and Ariunzaya Ayush bought €6,500 educational courses in 2011 from the institute, subject to obtaining student visas.

When their applications for visas were refused, they had asked the college for a refund.

Judge Jacqueline Linnane granted Mr Odsaikhan and Ms Ayush summary judgment for €5,500 each, with costs.

NEW DOWN'S SYNDROME TEST

A new non-invasive blood test can reliably detect whether or not an unborn baby has Down's syndrome during the first trimester of pregnancy, researchers said.

The test, which analyses a baby's DNA present in its mother's blood, could be an improvement on current screening methods.

The only current definitive test involves chorionic villus sampling and amniocentesis, but that carries a risk of miscarriage.

TWO JAILED FOR RAPE OF BOY (14)

A former Iraqi intelligence officer was jailed for 15 years along with a law firm worker yesterday for raping a teenage boy in the toilets of a department store.

Abdelkader El-Janabi (55) and Alex Wilson-Fletcher (42) abducted their 14-year-old victim in Manchester on a busy Saturday last summer.

They marched him to the toilets of a nearby Debenhams store, where the attack took place.

'BAKER SAID NO TO GAY COUPLE'

A gay couple is pursuing a discrimination complaint against a US bakery, saying it refused them a wedding cake and alleging the owners have a history of turning away same-sex couples.

David Mullins and Charlie Craig filed the discrimination complaint against Jack Phillips after visiting his Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado last year.


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