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Trial to begin on sex assault

A DUBLIN man charged with sexually assaulting a female relative at the family home over a decade ago has been sent forward for trial.

The man, who is in his 50s, has been ordered to stay away from the alleged victim and to have no contact with her.

The accused is facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court after the matters were deemed to be too serious for the District Court.

Judge Patrick McMahon remanded the man on bail in his own bond of €200 and ordered him not to have any contact with the alleged victim or any other witnesses in the matter.

'15 injured' in Iranian quake

IRANIAN state television says a strong earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 has shaken southern Iran, injuring 15 people.

The TV report quotes Tehran University's Geophysics Institute as saying that seven small quakes with magnitudes of 3.5 to 5.2 jolted the region following the main quake.

Iran is located on seismic fault lines and is prone to earthquakes. It experiences at least one slight earthquake every day on average.

Football child's death probed

An inquest into the death of the teenage daughter of former Premier League footballer Antoine Sibierski -- the French striker formerly of Manchester City and Newcastle United -- will be held today.

Sibylle Sibierski, 18, was found dead by police officers in her apartment in south Manchester, on February 1.

Miss Sibierski is believed to have been working as a nightclub promoter in Manchester city centre.

'Cranky' Pinter letter for sale

A letter from Harold Pinter to school pupils which exposes his "cantankerous" nature is set to go under the hammer today.

His sarcastic responses to questions about his play The Caretaker include: "His name is assumed because he assumed it... The two brothers see little of each other because they rarely meet... The shed is a shed."

Signing off, Pinter wrote: "I assure you that these answers to your questions are not intended to be funny. My best wishes to you all."