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Sunday 20 August 2017

While you were sleeping – the stories you missed overnight

Nathan Crawford, right, with his brother Ned at their home in Cornwall, after the nine-year-old has had testicular tissue frozen with the hope he can have children later in life. Photo: PA
Nathan Crawford, right, with his brother Ned at their home in Cornwall, after the nine-year-old has had testicular tissue frozen with the hope he can have children later in life. Photo: PA
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We take a look at the stories that broke overnight – as well as this morning’s newspapers.

Rescuers have pulled a man out alive after he was buried for more than 60 hours in a massive landslide in southern China.

Rao Liangzhong of the Shenzhen Emergency Response Office said that a migrant worker, Tian Zeming, was rescued around dawn local time today. No other details were immediately known.

The landslide happened on Sunday when a mountain of construction waste material collapsed and flowed into an industrial park in Shenzhen.

READ MORE: Man pulled from rubble of massive China landslide after 60 hours  

A nine-year-old boy with a brain tumour has become the first in the UK to have testicular tissue frozen with the hope he can have children later in life.

Nathan Crawford has undergone radiotherapy and chemotherapy to shrink his inoperable tumour but the treatment could render him infertile.

In a ground-breaking procedure, surgeons at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford have removed a wedge of testicular tissue and frozen it, and will aim to one day re-implant it into Nathan.

If the re-implantation is successful, Nathan will have a good chance of becoming a father.

READ MORE: Boy (9) with brain tumour is first to have testicular tissue frozen so he can have children later in life 

 

The Papers

The Irish Independent leads with the latest in the Sinn Fein/Slab Murphy controversy.

The party’s deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has launched an ardent defence of Murphy, saying on the occasions she has met him she found him to be ‘very nice’.

In extraordinary scenes on the plinth of Leinster House yesterday, Mr Adams refused to accept the judgement of the country’s three highest courts, saying ‘judges make mistakes’.

The Tanaiste Joan Burton said it appeared Mr Adams was the spokesperson for the IRA.

However the first signs of unease within the party began to emerge last night, with justice spokesman Padraig Mac Lochlainn declining to say whether he considered Murphy a good republican.

The Irish Times leads with a report that midwives will be given a greater role in the ‘transformation’ of maternity services. 

Under the new plans, the majority of births will be led by midwives rather than obstetricians.

The Irish Examiner leads with details of yesterday’s tragic accident in Co Cork.

Mother and daughter Geraldine (58) and Louise Clancy (22) were killed after the car they were travelling in left the road and slipped into a nearby river.

Louise had recently written a blog on the Paris terror attacks, when she spoke of how important it was to tell loved ones how you feel.

“To my loved ones: I love you all so much and I am so grateful that you have made my life happy and worth living”, she wrote. 

The Herald also leads with details of the tragic accident.

A local councillor told the paper that a ‘dark cloud’ had been cast across the area.

The Irish Daily Mail also leads with the story.

The paper reports that Louise’s father Noel had to watch as the Parish Priest delivered the last rites to his wife and daughter on the roadside.

His other daughter Fiona was kept back from the scene.

The Irish Daily Star reports that ISIS are targeting Irish women online.

The terror group is attempting to lure Irish women abroad as brides, the paper’s investigation reveals.

Both the Sun and the Mirror lead on the tragic accident in Co Cork yesterday.

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