Tuesday 22 May 2018

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Hungarian policemen stand by the family of migrants as they want to run away at the railway station in the town of Bicske, Hungary, September 3, 2015. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh
Hungarian policemen stand by the family of migrants as they want to run away at the railway station in the town of Bicske, Hungary, September 3, 2015. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Britain's parliament is set to vote today to approve air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria after months of wrangling over whether enough opposition Labour lawmakers would back military action.

Prime Minister David Cameron has said he believes British warplanes, which have been bombing Islamic State targets in Iraq for more than a year, should also be tackling the group in Syria rather than "sub-contract" UK security to other countries.

The election of veteran anti-war campaigner Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader in September complicated his plans. Corbyn has accused the British leader of rushing to war and has appealed to Labour lawmakers who favour military action to think again.

In the latest from the Paris terror attacks, a woman has been arrested in a Paris suburb for suspected links to an intermediary to the only man charged in connection with the terror attacks in the French capital.

Two officials close to the investigation said the woman, whose name was not revealed, was the partner of the intermediary.

The 25-year-old intermediary was in contact with Jawad Bendaoud, who is charged with providing housing to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected planner of the November 13 attacks that killed 130 people.

The intermediary was arrested earlier on Tuesday at his home in Malakoff, south of Paris, by counter-terrorism police.

Read more: Paris terror attacks: Woman arrested for suspected links to intermediary

And, in the United States, former world middleweight boxing champion Jermain Taylor has pleaded guilty to more than half a dozen charges stemming from three separate incidents over the past year, including shooting and wounding his cousin and firing a gun at a Martin Luther King parade.

In a plea deal with prosecutors, Taylor appeared in Pulaski County Circuit Court, Arkansas, with his lawyer, two days before he was due to face trial. Sentencing is set for April 19 and it is not clear how much prison time he might face.

"There was a change of plea. We were able to plea it to the court, which means the judge accepts the guilty plea and sets it off for sentencing," said Jimmy Morris, representing Taylor. He would not comment on the reason for the change of plea.

Prosecutors confirmed they had reduced charges to second degree battery in an incident where Taylor was accused of wounding his cousin last year.

Read more: Former world boxing champ Jermain Taylor pleads guilty to shooting his cousin

On the front pages in Ireland this morning, the Irish Independent leads with 'Sinn Féin cosy up to FF for coalition deal'. The newspaper reports that Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams is refusing to distance the party from striking a bargain, while Fianna Fáil is divided over the issue of sharing power.

Also on the front page of today's Irish Independent is the headline 'Toy Show girl subjected to racist abuse'. It was to be the highlight of the six-year-old's life but Lara Reddy's appearance on the 'Late Late Toy Show' has sparked a torrent of abuse branded scary and racist by her upset dad Mark.

The Herald leads with the same story and the headline 'Trolls target Toy Show girl'.

The Irish Daily Mirror leads their front page with 'Baby on hospital trolley for 11 hours'. The newspaper reports on one set of parents' disgust at their six-week-old daughter's treatment in emergency department.

'We'll burn you alive' reads the front page of the Irish Sun. A murder trial witness has told of her terror after pals of the sadistic killer she helped send down torched her new secret home.

The Irish Times leads with 'State on target to eliminate borrowing before 2018'. The newspaper reports that the Taoiseach is set to pledge 'sensible' budgetary policy if Fine Gael are returned to Government.

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