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Wednesday 21 August 2019

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North and South Korea have held talks on improving relations.

Officials from the two countries met in a border village as part of an agreement that defused a military stand-of in August.

The meeting is aimed at discussing when and where high-level talks should be held with what agenda, according to Seoul's Unification Ministry.

A mother who left new new-born baby in a manger in New York will not be charged.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said the mother had been interviewed and they are satisfied she left the baby in a warm place where it would be found.

A church custodian found the 5lb baby on Monday afternoon, after hearing him crying. He was wrapped in towels and had his umbilical cord still attached.

Paul Walker's father is suing Porsche for negligence and wrongful death over the 2013 accident that killed the Fast & Furious star.

Walker's father, who is the executor of his son's estate, filed the lawsuit claiming the Porsche Carrera GT the actor was riding in lacked safety features that could have saved the actor's life.

It cites features included in other pending lawsuits against the carmaker over the crash that might have saved the actor's life, including a stability control system, side-door reinforcements and a breakaway fuel line to help prevent the vehicle from bursting into flames after a collision.

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The Irish Independent leads with the latest in the IFA payment controversy.

Louise Hogan reports that embattled president Eddie Downey last night announced his resignation as it emerged the group’s former secretary general received a €2m golden handshake.

Angry farmers are now believed to be gearing up to mount a court challenge to the package.

The Irish Times has the results of a new opinion poll, which shows Fine Gael on course to be the largest party in the State after the election.

The party is up 2pc to 30pc – meaning the Irish Times poll is the third in the last month to suggest the party has secured 30pc support or more, a key goal for election strategists.

However the coalition does not look like it will be re-elected without support of Independents, as Labour drops 1pc to 7pc.

Sinn Fein are also up 2pc to 21pc while Fianna Fail fall 1pc to 19pc.

The Irish Examiner also leads on the IFA controversy.

The Herald reports on yesterday’s massive garda raids targeting sham marriages.

Ken Foy reports that gangs from Asia have netted €15m from organising the fake ceremonies.

Gangsters are estimated to earn about €15,000 per marriage.

The Irish Daily Mail reports that the Taoiseach is considering an abortion referendum for the next government.

However it is understood that Fine Gael TDs will be granted a free vote on the issue.

The Irish Star and Mirror both lead with details of an new video posted by ISIS, in which the extremist group threatens Ireland.

During the video Ireland’s flag was shown along with other countries the group claims are part of a ‘coalition of devils’.

Finally The Sun reports that a couple staged a car accident to defraud an insurance company of €30,000 to help pay for their wedding.

The pair staged a car crash in order to claim compensation, and told gardai they were  strangers – however were caught out on Facebook.

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