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Two face pub attack charges

TWO men are alleged to have assaulted each other during an incident in a Dublin pub.

Darren Parsons (41) and Jason Keenan (39) have both denied assaulting each other during an altercation in Molly Heffernan's Pub in Tallaght.

Judge Anthony Halpin adjourned the matters to a date in January for hearing.

Parsons, of Rossfield Park in Tallaght, has denied before Tallaght District Court assaulting Jason Keenan, causing him harm.

Keenan, of Brookview Grove in Tallaght, also denied a charge of assaulting Parsons in the alleged altercation in the pub in Tallaght on July 10, 2011.

Bus blast kills wedding party

Fifteen people on their way to a wedding in northern Afghanistan have been killed when a roadside bomb wrecked their minibus.

The group was travelling to Dawlat Abad district, about 450km north-west of the capital, Kabul.

Six children and seven women were among the dead in the blast, which also left 18 wounded.

Mobile led to

brain tumour

Italy's top court has ruled that a businessman developed a benign brain tumour because he held a mobile phone to his ear for hours daily for his job and deserves worker's compensation.

Innocente Marcolini, whose face is partially paralysed, argued that using mobile phones six hours a day for 12 years while dealing with clients overseas caused the tumour.

The World Health Organisation classifies cellphones as "possible" carcinogens, in the same category as pesticides and coffee.

Bank pulls out

of cycling deal

Dutch bank Rabobank is ending its long sponsorship of professional cycling, saying "the trust in the cycling world has gone" following the publication of the US Anti-Doping Agency's report on Lance Armstrong.

The bank will halt sponsorship of its men's and women's professional teams after 17 years, signalling the end of the biggest professional cycling team in the bike-crazy Netherlands.