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Asylum seekers 'not integrating'

Asylum seekers forced to spend up to a decade in Direct Provision centres are having difficulty integrating into Irish society as a result, a seminar on asylum seekers will hear today.

A seminar on the current reception and legal framework offered to asylum seekers in Ireland will hear from a number of experts along with people living in the system.

It will reveal how long stays in Direct Provision are negatively affecting asylum seekers ability to integrate.

Footballer dies in car crash

Wolfsburg midfielder and Belgium youth international Junior Malanda has been killed in a car crash on his way to meet teammates for a training camp.

Malanda was a passenger in a Volkswagen Touareg that was travelling toward Hannover when it went off the motorway near Bielefeld in western Germany, police said.

The driver and another passenger, both also 20-year-old Belgians, were seriously injured and taken to nearby hospitals. The motorway was blocked for about two hours.

Pope tells mums to breastfeed

Pope Francis baptised 33 infants in the Sistine Chapel and told the mothers to feel free to breastfeed them if they cried or were hungry.

"You mothers give your children milk and even now, if they cry because they are hungry, breastfeed them, don't worry," he said, departing from his prepared text.

The written text of his homily had the phrase "give them milk", but he changed it to use the Italian term "allattateli", which means "breastfeed them", and added that they should not hesitate.

The Sistine Chapel, which Michelangelo painted in the 16th century, is the room where cardinals elect popes in secret conclaves.

Passengers in air rage protest

Upset by a delayed flight, two Chinese passengers opened emergency exit doors in protest as the plane was taxiing, forcing it to abort take-off and landing them in jail instead.

The latest in a growing number of air rage cases involving Chinese travelers happened in Chengdu province.