Sunday 18 August 2019

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The man who emerged from obscurity to become the unlikely face of one of America's biggest restaurant chains has been jailed for more than 15 years for trading in child pornography and paying for sex with underage girls.

Jared Fogle, who, according to his lawyer, has become "one of the most despised individuals in America", earned a fortune by becoming a pitchman for Subway and touting the benefits of a healthy lifestyle that included the chain's sandwiches.

READ MORE: Former Subway chief jailed for more than 15 years for child pornography

He sought leniency, apologising to his victims and telling the Indianapolis court in a tearful statement that he was raised with good values by a good family, but succumbed to self-centred "deception and lies".

Closer to home, Russian lawmakers will today propose tougher punishment for terrorists and discuss introducing a raft of new security measures at a rare meeting of both chambers of parliament, Russian news agencies reported, citing a draft law.

The move is a response to Kremlin confirmation that a bomb downed a Russian passenger plane over Egypt last month, killing all 224 people on board, and follows the Paris attacks in which Islamist extremists killed at least 129 people.

In technology news, Facebook wants to help its broken hearted users to get over their relationships woes.

The feature will allow people who have split up with a spouse or partner to turn on an option that spares them the emotional pain of constantly seeing their ex-lover's posts and pictures in their news feed on the world's largest social network.

READ MORE: Not in a relationship anymore? Facebook wants to help you on that

Facebook will begin testing the break-up protection on mobile devices in the US before deciding whether to offer it to all of its 1.5 billion account holders worldwide.

The option is designed for people who do not want to risk offending a former husband, wife, girlfriend or boyfriend by taking the more extreme step of ejecting or blocking them from their Facebook network.

In the papers today, The Irish Independent leads with the latest developments in the Paris attacks, with the news that chemical weapons in Europe are the next ISIL terrorist threat.

The story reveals that IS have developed a branch dedicated to research and experiments with the help of scientists from Iraq and Syria.

The Herald leads with the tragic story of Ricky Osagie, a 13-year-old boy who drowned after trying to save two girls from drowning in a Dublin park lake. The story features an interview with Ricky's parents, Lydia and Kelly, who have hailed their son's bravery.

The Irish Sun leads with the story that Veronica Guerin's killer Brian Meehan is claiming that his conviction for the murder of the Sunday Independent journalist is a miscarriage of justice.

The Irish Daily Mirror has the story of the broad daylight attack in Meath yesterday, as a man is clinging to life after being assaulted with a machete.

The Irish Daily Mail leads with a story that Fine Gael plan 'may draf Ireland into the war against ISIS'. The paper claims that the proposals for our army

The Star also leads with an IS story about the terrorist group wanting 'to gas Europe'

The Irish Times reports that the EU is moving to tighten borders after Paris attacks. The story says that ministers will propose increasing scrunity of EU nationals entering Schengen zone.

Finally, the Irish Examiner reveals that the IBRC inquiry 'should focus on Siteserv' as a call is made to prioritise a probe into the controversial sale.

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