Teen loses bid to stay in care

A VULNERABLE girl taken into the care of the HSE after arriving here alone from the Congo has lost a High Court action seeking the health services to continue to fund her care after she turned 18.

The girl was 16 when she arrived in Ireland in 2008 and remained in the care of the HSE until June 2010.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan refused to grant orders quashing the Health Service Executive's (HSE) decision to cease providing the girl's care.

The girl's application for asylum status was refused and her application to remain on humanitarian grounds is being reviewed by the Minister for Justice.

Yemeni women in veils protest

Hundreds of Yemeni women set fire to traditional female veils in protest at the government's brutal crackdown against the country's popular uprising.

The demonstration, a symbolic Bedouin appeal for help, came as clashes in the capital Sanaa and another city killed 25 people.

Women in Yemen have taken a key role in the uprising against President Ali Abdullah Saleh's authoritarian rule.

Mexico tourists

flee hurricane

Tourists fleeing Hurricane Rina crowded Cancun's airport, even as the cyclone lost some of its punch on a course for Mexico's resort-studded Caribbean coast.

Lines snaked to the ticket counters at Cancun airport as airliners bound for Canada and Europe waited in pouring rain.

Rina was forecast to remain a hurricane as it sweeps along Mexico's most popular tourist destinations Cancun, Cozumel and the Riviera Maya today.

Giant painting

to fetch ¤2m

A giant painting by a Russian artist will be auctioned in New York City in aid of a Boston museum.

The Pearl Mosque At Delhi painting, about 13ft high and 16ft wide, was painted by Vasili Vasilievich Vereshchagin between 1876 and 1879 and shows men kneeling at a mosque.

It's being offered by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on November 1 at a Sotheby's auction of Russian art and has a pre-sale estimate of US $3-5m (¤2.1m-¤3.5m).