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Woman sues in row on 'abuse'

A WOMAN who alleges she was sexually abused for 13 years by her former partner is seeking High Court permission to challenge a decision of the DPP to refuse to give reasons for not prosecuting the man.

She is also suing the Garda Commissioner for damages after a garda sergeant had allegedly failed to forward the file on her case to the DPP for three years.

The court heard the woman was an adult when the alleged abuse took place between 1993 and 2006.

Mr Justice Michael Peart adjourned the application by the woman's counsel, Micheal P O'Higgins, until later this week to allow him consider the matter, because he was concerned about the issue of the independence of the DPP.

SSRI drugs in link to autism

Children whose mothers take some anti-depressants during pregnancy could be twice as likely to have an autism-related disorder than youngsters not exposed to the drugs, a new study suggests.

The research, conducted in California, found a type of anti-depressants -- selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) -- could be risky if used during pregnancy.

However, the researchers warned that the number of children exposed pre-natally to SSRIs was low.

Mexico storm toll reaches 16

Five more deaths from Tropical Storm Arlene have been confirmed by authorities in Mexico, bringing the official death toll from the disaster to 16.

A farmer and his son were killed trying to drive across a flooded bridge in the town of Zentla in Veracruz on Friday, two people drowned in the town of El Mante and other person died in the city of Altamira.