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Walsh in court for sex slur case

Louis Walsh will be back in court today for his defamation case against Rupert Murdoch's News Group Newspapers.

The music mogul sued the media group after The Sun published a false story that he sexually assaulted a man in a Dublin night-spot.

Unemployed dance teacher Leonard Watters was jailed for six months in July for wrongly accusing Walsh of groping him in the celebrity nightclub Krystle after a Westlife concert in April 2011.

Walsh sued for damages over an article published on June 23 2011 with the headline "Louis Probed Over 'Sex Attack' on Man in Loo".

The paper has accepted the accusation was false but have denied defamation, saying that it acted fairly.

France to back Palestinian bid

France will vote in favour of statehood status for the Palestinians at a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly later this week, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.

"With coherence and lucidity, France will vote Yes," Fabius said during a parliamentary debate in Paris.

Backing Palestinian statehood was a campaign promise of President Francois Hollande, who was elected in May.

Floods destroy 1,570 homes

At least 1,570 homes have been damaged or destroyed by flooding from heavy rains over the weekend in Panama.

Ivan Batista of the Panamanian Red Cross said bulldozers are being used to remove earth from a mudslide that may have buried two Red Cross workers.

Mr Batista said that the two workers disappeared late on Sunday when the rains and a mudslide washed out the road they were travelling on.