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Woman put off bus loses case

a 33-year-old Dublin mother, who claimed she was described as scum and put off a bus by the driver, yesterday lost a €50,000 damages claim for defamation against Dublin Bus in the Circuit Civil Court.

Dublin Bus denied the claim, saying the driver had asked another woman to get off the bus following an incident with a disabled passenger. At that point, Simone Connington, of Upper Dominic Street, Dublin, had approached the driver and was allegedly abusive.

She was then also asked to get off the bus. The court found Ms Connington had not proved her claim.

Norway to cut gas emissions

Norway will cut its emissions of global warming gases by at least 40pc by 2030, aligning itself with the target set by the European Union, the government has said.

The reduction, compared with 1990 levels, will be Norway's pledge to the UN climate agreement planned for adoption in December in Paris.

Bionic leg 'will change my life'

A man unable to walk unaided since he was a child will become the first person in the UK to be fitted with a computer-controlled leg brace - which he has described as a "revolution".

The lower-limb bionic exoskeleton brace has been launched in the UK to help people living with partial paralysis, spinal injury, post-stroke and post-polio syndrome to walk again.

John Simpson (63), from southwest London, will today become the first patient in the UK to wear the device. He said: "It's going to change my life."

Dog wins over a new best friend

A dog abandoned at a railway station with a suitcase full of his belongings has been given a new home.

Kai attracted worldwide attention after he was dumped at Ayr station, prompting offers from thousands of dog lovers.

He was rescued by the Scottish SPCA, and the charity chose Ian Russell from Glasgow from a list of hundreds to give Kai a new start. Kai was found on January 2 tied to a railing with a case containing a pillow, toy, food and a bowl.