Saturday 16 December 2017

While you were were sleeping - all the stories you may have missed

Johnny Depp and wife Amber Heard
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'Irish man (24) who fought Isil held in Iraq' is the front page story - and picture slot - for the irish Independent this morning as diplomatic efforts are underway to secure the young man's release.

The Irish Daily Mirror also leadswith the report 'Irish soldier fighting Isis held in Iraq' that ex-British soldier Joshua Molloy was captured after allegedly entering the country illegally when returning home.

'Irish soldier held in Iraq' is the splash headline in the Irish Daily Star as the paper reports that Joshua's Laois parents are "obviously very worried" but proud of their son's efforts.

Read more: Irish soldier (24) who travelled to Syria to fight Isil is arrested in Iraq

The Herald leads with the heatbroken fiancee of innocent gangland victim Martin O'Rourke who was gunned down on Sheriff Street last week. 'I just want him back' is the headline as Angelina Power - who expecting the couple's fourth child - just "wants him back".

Read more: 'I just want him back' - heartache for family of father killed by mistake

'JobBridge interns 'bullied, physicallly assaulted'' is front page from the Irish Examiner this morning as businesses were barred from using the scheme amid allegations that interns had their safety compromised and were forced to work unfair hours.

The Irish Times leads with 'FG-FF talks to resume as Labour considers its position' as talks between the two parties are set to resume today.

In world news, Japan's atomic regulator said there is no need to shut down the country's only operating nuclear station on southwestern Kyushu island, where a series of quakes killed more than 40 people and damaged infrastructure.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority said it was monitoring the situation closely at four nuclear power stations, after calling a special meeting of its commissioners.

Meanwhile, Actor Johnny Depp's wife Amber Heard has avoided jail after pleading guilty to providing a false immigration document amid allegations she smuggled the couple's dogs into Australia.

Prosecutors in Queensland state dropped two more serious charges that Heard illegally imported the Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, into the country last year, when Depp was filming the fifth movie in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series.

Read more: Johnny Depp's wife Amber Heard avoids jail after smuggling pet dogs into Australia

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