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Principal wins halt to sacking

The Minister for Education has been restrained by the High Court from sacking Catherine McSorley from her position of principal of Kilkenny City Vocational School

Barrister Ercus Stewart told the court yesterday that Ms McSorley, of Annamult, Bennettsbridge, Co Kilkenny, had time and time again been forced, often in court, to vindicate her decisions and good name and character over the past eight years.

The judge also granted her leave to bring judicial review proceedings challenging a Ministerial Order directing her dismissal and seeking various declarations relating to her position and inquiries into her performance as principal.

The proceedings were adjourned until next month.

China executes killer trucker

China has executed a lorry driver for killing an ethnic Mongol herder in a case that sparked Inner Mongolia's largest demonstrations in 20 years.

The herder, Mergen, who like many Mongols uses just one name, was killed on May 10 while he and others were blocking the road through their village to protest noise and pollution produced by coal trucks.

Police said Li ran over Mergen and then dragged his body for 160 yards.

Rodney King on drink charge

Rodney King has been charged with driving under the influence stemming from an arrest in southern California last month.

King was charged with two counts alleging he was driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana and that his blood-alcohol level was higher than the legal limit.

King, who is black, was beaten by four white officers in 1991. A year later they were acquitted of federal charges, sparking days of rioting that killed 55 people and caused widespread damage.