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Published 05/11/2015 | 07:03

The front page of today's Irish Independent
The front page of today's Irish Independent

Survivors trapped in the rubble of a collapsed Pakistani factory pleaded for help on their mobile phones on Thursday even as rescuers said they feared the death toll of 18 could rise in the latest tragedy to spotlight poor safety standards in south Asia.

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Nearly 100 survivors have been pulled from the wreckage of the factory, which made shopping bags 20 km (12 miles) south of the city of Lahore, but rescuers say scores of workers had been crowded into the building's basement.

"We were working on the first floor when the roof collapsed," said one of the trapped workers, Liaqat Ali, who used his mobile to talk to a television station.

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Meanwhile in Japan, two Tokyo districts issued the country's first certificates officially recognising same-sex partnerships on Thursday, a major step forward for gay couples in a nation where being openly gay remains largely taboo.

The move may seem insignificant compared to the United States, which has made gay marriage legal in all 50 states, but just approving the measures earlier this year set off an unprecedented discussion on equality and has paved the way for other Japanese cities to consider similar steps.

Dublin footballer Jonny Cooper was stabbed in the face
Dublin footballer Jonny Cooper was stabbed in the face

The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community has been all but invisible in Japan, and legally binding civil unions remain a distant dream.

Read more: Tokyo issues Japan's first same-sex partner certificates

Back in Ireland, 'Bank of Ireland caves in on branch cash ban' reads the front page of today's Irish Independent. Personal Finance Editor Charlie Weston reports that the bank has been forced into an embarrassing climb-down over plans to heavily restrict cash transactions in its branches.

Convicted killer Graham Dwyer hits the front page of today's Herald, the headline reading: 'Graham Dwyer's begging letters'. The murderer has been begging friends to believe he is innocent in a letter-writing campaign from behind bars.

The Irish Examiner leads their front page with the headline '18 sex offenders live close to school cluster'. The report comes as a Fine Gael TD calls for legislation to make it easier to monitor those on the register.

The Irish Daily Mirror leads with ''Sexual assault' of 87-year-old in her hospital bed'. The report reads how an elderly woman placed in an all-male ward was subjected to an alleged assault when she was approached by a man in his seventies. According to the report, another patient summoned for help in time.

'Cooper's attacker high on crystal meth' reads the front page of the Irish Daily Star. Mark Lavelle (32) is due to be sentenced today for the 2014 stabbing of Dublin footballer Jonny Cooper.

The Irish Times today leads with 'Kenny to make case for EU as ERSI warns on 'Brexit''. The ESRI reports that a British exit from the EU would lead to trade losses and lower pay in Ireland.

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