Tuesday 20 August 2019

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Firefighters look for the train driver of a regional passenger train that collided with a heavy-duty lorry at a railway crossing near the Bavarian village of Freihung, Germany, November 6, 2015. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle
Firefighters look for the train driver of a regional passenger train that collided with a heavy-duty lorry at a railway crossing near the Bavarian village of Freihung, Germany, November 6, 2015. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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The patrol by a U.S. warship close to islands China controls in the South China Sea harmed mutual trust between China and the United States and caused regional tensions, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in a telephone call, Chinese state television said on Friday.

The call came after China and Vietnam agreed to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea and not take any acts that "complicate" the issue, Chinese state television reported on Friday.

This agreement came at the end of a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Vietnam. 

Meanwhile in Texas, a terminally ill "Star Wars" fan, who was given just a few months to live, was granted his wish to see the new "The Force Awakens" film on Thursday, nearly two months before it comes out in theaters.

Daniel Fleetwood, a 31-year-old Texas man suffering from an aggressive form of cancer that has spread to 90 percent of his lungs, was able to watch an early cut of the highly anticipated new "Star Wars" film, due in theaters on Dec. 18, his wife Ashley Fleetwood said on Facebook.

"Daniel just finished watching an unfinished version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!!! We would like to thank the awesomely talented JJ Abrams for calling us yesterday to tell us Daniel was getting his wish granted!" she said.

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

Daniel Fleetwood's dying wish to see "The Force Awakens" went viral on social media in the past week with the hashtag #ForceForDaniel, which garnered the support of "Star Wars" actors Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and newcomer John Boyega.

Hamill tweeted on Thursday that he was "elated" that Fleetwood had been able to see the film.

Fleetwood and his wife have been documenting his health on social media, and in September he posted an update saying he had been given one or two months to live, due to how fast the cancer had spread.

In southern Germany, at least one person has been killed after a train hit a lorry at a crossing.

Other people were injured in the accident on Thursday night near Freihung, eastern Bavaria, the dpa news agency said.

The lorry, which was towing a low-loader with a military vehicle, apparently got stuck on the tracks and was hit by the train, setting off an explosion, it said.

Photos from the site showed that the front of the regional train's first carriage was blackened by fire and the windows of the cab blown out.

Police said one body had been recovered by early today and rescuers were still looking for the train driver. Two people are believed to have been in the lorry, one of whom was able to get out.

Meanwhile, in Ireland, the issue of rural crime hits the front pages again.

'Judges 'don't take burlgary seriously'' reads the front page of the Irish Independent.

The words come from a Department of Justice official who says criminals are re-offending after getting bail.

The Herald leads with a report on how Vinny Ryan, brother of the slain RIRA boss Alan Kelly, has recovered from a savage knife attack.

'Lucky Vinny' the front page reads.

The Irish Daily Mail leads with the latest on the hospital crisis, writing: 'What if it was your relatives on a trolley, Enda?'.

The Irish Sun leads with an ongoing court case in which an Irishman has accused a scientologist of leaking an explicit photograph of him on the internet.

The Irish Examiner and the Irish Daily Mirror both dedicate space on their front pages to the sentencing of a man who was convicted of attempting to abduct an 11-year-old girl near her home in Cullahill, Co Laois earlier this year.

'Child snatch beast tried to groom my girl' reads the front page of the Irish Daily Mirror, while the Irish Examiner reads 'Three brave children praised for actions during attempted abduction'.

The Irish Daily Star leads with a story in which a man was found dead in his car, a number of days after it is believed to have crashed through a roundabout.

'Man lay dead in car for 3 days' reads the front page.

Finally, the Irish Times leads with the latest on the rent crisis, the front page reading: 'Rent rises restricted to every two years under plan'.

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