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Rape trial set to continue

THE trial of a man accused of the attempted rape and sexual assault of a female in Dublin more than three years ago will continue until Monday.

The accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty to the offence which happened between February 12-13, 2010.

He pleaded not guilty to six charges of sexual assault and one charge of aggravated sexual assault on the same female, on the same dates.

The case is before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy.


THE Israeli branch of McDonald's says it won't open a restaurant in a Jewish settlement to protest Israel settlement policy.

Irina Shalmor, for McDonald's Israel, said the owners of a planned mall in the Ariel settlement asked McDonald's to open a branch. The chain refused because it is the policy of the Israeli owner to stay out of the occupied territories.