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Resort fights power cables

A DUBLIN coastal community has gone to court against Eirgrid in a row over cables for the East-West Interconnector going through the seaside town of Rush. The case will go ahead next month.

The East-West Interconnector will connect the Irish power system to the electricity grid in Britain through undersea and underground cables. It is expected to have enough capacity to supply about 350,000 homes.

The legal row centres on the route of the Interconnector and a section that comes to shore from under the seabed at North Beach in Rush, which Rush Community Council says is near residential areas.

Ex-IMF chief in court battle

Lawyers for former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn have appealed against a judge's decision last month that allowed a civil lawsuit filed against him by a hotel maid to move forward.

Strauss-Kahn's legal team argued that the judge erred in ruling that Strauss-Kahn was not entitled to diplomatic immunity.

Nafissatou Diallo, a maid at the Sofitel Hotel in Manhattan, accused Strauss-Kahn of attacking her in his suite on May 14, 2011.

Syria 'guilty' of child torture

A new UN report includes Syrian government forces and their allied "shabiha" militias for the first time on a list of 52 governments and armed groups that recruit, kill or sexually attack children in armed conflicts.

In Syria, the report said the UN has received reports of "grave violations" against children since March 2011, when protests against President Assad's government began. Children as young as nine have been victims of killing, torture and sexual violence, the report said.

ABC pleads for reality show

ABC IS seeking to persuade a federal judge to reject efforts by rival TV network CBS to block next week's premiere of the new reality series The Glass House, citing differences between the new show and the competitor show Big Brother.

CBS argued that the Glass House copied key elements of Big Brother and employed dozens of its former staffers.