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Publican sues insurer for €3m

A PUBLICAN is suing an insurance company for €3m over its alleged failure to pay out under a policy following a fire which destroyed his premises in Donegal.

Seamus McLaughlin, owner of The Waterfront, James Street, Moville, claims Aviva Insurance (Europe) is liable to compensate him for the loss he suffered arising out of the fire on February 1, 2009.

Aviva has refused to indemnify him, saying Mr McLaughlin was involved in the fire and was guilty of fraud in making the claim. The company denies it has any liability to him.

The case was admitted yesterday to the Commercial Court.

Darren Day on weapon charge

Entertainer Darren Day is due to go on trial today accused of possessing an offensive weapon.

The 41-year-old is charged with having a kubotan (self-defence key chain) in a public place in Edinburgh last December.

The case will be heard at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. Day, of Cudworth, South Yorkshire, has denied the charge.

Sex workers buy husbands

Foreign sex workers in Malaysia are paying local men up to €1,100 a month to become their husbands so that they can stay on in the country to ply their trade.

Under immigration laws, foreign spouses of Malaysians are initially given three-month visas before eventually obtaining year-long permits, which are renewed automatically.

Foreign sex workers can make up to €4,500 a month.

Britain put on nuclear alert

Britain faces an increased risk of being targeted with terrorist "dirty bombs" as a result of a rise in the illegal trafficking of radioactive material, government reports have warned.

An update on the National Security Strategy states that Britain faces current threats in the shape of nuclear weapons or materials falling into terrorist hands.

Meanwhile, a separate official document suggests that there has been a "significant increase" in the illicit trade of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons and materials.