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€110k payout after baby dies

THE parents of a baby girl who died just over six weeks after she was born at the Midland Regional Hospital have settled their High Court action for €110,000 damages.

Annette and Kevin Geoghegan, Killeigh, Tullamore, Co Offaly, sued for mental distress and nervous shock over the death of their baby girl, Caitlin Geoghegan.

She was born on August 18, 2008, in the Mullingar, Co Westmeath.

In an action against the HSE, it was claimed there was an alleged delay in procuring the delivery of Caitlin and causing her health status to be severely compromised, as a consequence of which she died six weeks later. The claims were denied.

Israel relaxes travel embargo

The Israeli military said it is relaxing travel restrictions for Palestinian Christians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the Christmas holiday season.

The military says it has granted permits to 700 Christians from Gaza to travel to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan. It is also allowing Christians from the West Bank to travel to Israel, and permitting 500 West Bank Christians to visit their families in the Gaza Strip, subject to security checks.

Female soldiers sent to frontline

Britain's defence minister said that women should be allowed to serve in front-line army combat units, and he hopes the first will be joining within two years.

Defence secretary Michael Fallon said roles in the armed forces "should be determined by ability and not gender".

Fallon said he had ordered a review of the demands of combat and combat training to make sure female soldiers will not suffer long-term effects to their health.

Fish found at greatest depth

Scientists have discovered the world's deepest fish during research in the depths of the Pacific.

They captured video footage of a type of snailfish at depths of 8,145 metres (26,700ft).

They also discovered several new species on the trip to the Mariana Trench in the Pacific, as well as the first footage of the mysterious "supergiant" amphipod filmed alive.