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Published 20/10/2015 | 07:08

South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius leaves the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, in this September 12, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/Files
South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius leaves the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, in this September 12, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/Files

Olympic double-amputee athlete Oscar Pistorius, jailed for shooting dead his girlfriend, has been released from prison and put under house arrest, a day earlier than expected.

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Manelisi Wolela, a spokesman for South Africa's correctional services department, said the man known as the "Blade Runner" for his carbon-fibre running blades, who shot Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013, was under "correctional supervision".

Read More: Oscar Pistorius released from prison, put under house arrest - a day short of a year into his five-year sentence

Pistorius, 28, was released from Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre in the South African capital Pretoria, where he served nearly a year of his five-year sentence for manslaughter.

A parole board at the prison made the decision for the runner to be put under house arrest.

In Slovenia, the  government proposed a law overnight that will enable the army to help police guard the border, as thousands of migrants flooded into the country from Croatia after Hungary sealed off its border.

The law is expected to be passed by parliament later on Tuesday.

"This is not about enforcing an extraordinary condition, it is about strengthening control on the border," Prime Minister Miro Cerar told the national radio Radio Slovenia.

In Canada,  Liberal leader Justin Trudeau rode a late surge to a stunning majority election victory on Monday, toppling Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservatives with a promise of change and returning a touch of glamor, youth and charisma to Ottawa.

Harper conceded defeat and the Conservative party announced his resignation, ending a nine-year run in power and the 56-year-old's brand of fiscal and cultural conservatism that voters appeared to sour on.

 

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An officer lifts up police cordon tape to help migrants pass under as they make their way to a waiting bus in Brezice, Slovenia October 19, 2015

The Slovenian government proposed a law overnight that will enable the army to help police guard the border, as thousands of migrants flooded into the country from Croatia after Hungary sealed off its border.

The law is expected to be passed by parliament later on Tuesday.

"This is not about enforcing an extraordinary condition, it is about strengthening control on the border," Prime Minister Miro Cerar told the national radio Radio Slovenia.

READ MORE: Slovenia to use army to help guard border in migrant crisis

In New York, an advertisement  or a nurse has sparked outrage after specifying "no Haitians".

The advert, in the October 15 New City edition of the weekly Pennysaver news sheet, said Interim Healthcare was looking for a female nurse for a job in West Haverstraw, in Rockland County, New York.

It said: "Laid back nurse, no Haitians" and required that candidates also have state certifications.

On the front pages in Ireland today, the Irish Independent leads with the news that gardai are to get new high-powered cars to hunt down crime gangs. The new garda motorway unit is to be brought on-stream by the end of the year  as part of a multi-million euro plan aimed at cracking down on rural crime.

Meanwhile, the Herald leads with 'my shock at sex on city boardwalk'. Aishling Middelburg was accompanying a group of Dutch tourists around the city when they spotted a couple having sex on the Liffey boardwalk in broad daylight.

The Irish Times leads with changes in laws are afoot in an effort to crack down on drink-driving. The Star runs with 'get me your 12-year-old sister fro sex' which details a court case where a Meath man groomed a 14-year-old and then told her to bring her sister (12) along for "a threesome."

The Irish Mirrror leads with news that the man who died on the Aer Lingus flight on Sunday night had €60k of drugs in his stomach. The story is also covered in The Irish Sun with the headline, 'Killed by a kilo of coke'.

The Irish Daily Mail leads with the story that the residents at the centre of the Carrickmines halting site row say that they will go to jail to prevent the project going ahead.

READ MORE: FG election candidate clashes with party over 'waste of money' halting site

 

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