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Brian Boru to lure tourists

an all-island tourism delegation from the four main locations with connections to Brian Boru will embark on a promotional drive in the United States next week.

National Brian Boru Programme representatives from Dublin, Armagh, Clare and Tipperary will attend the annual Milwaukee Irish Fest in Wisconsin in a bid to attract some of the estimated 150,000 festival goers to Ireland.

Women held over jihad plot

Spanish police say they have arrested two female Spaniards, one a minor, who planned to travel to Iraq or Syria to enlist in the Islamic State jihadist group. The pair were arrested in Spain's North African enclave city of Melilla as they prepared to enter neighbouring Morocco.

Once there, police say the two women were to be sent imminently to an area between Iraq and Syria. Spain has arrested dozens of suspected jihadist militants in recent years, especially in its North African enclaves, Ceuta and Melilla.

'Citizenship' for surrogate baby

Australia's government is considering intervening in the case of a baby with Down syndrome who was left with a Thai surrogate mother by his Australian biological parents, with a minister saying that the child might be entitled to Australian citizenship.

Pattaramon Chanbua, a 21-year-old food vendor in Thailand's seaside town of Sri Racha, is taking care of her seven-month-old surrogate baby, named Gammy. The parents, who have not been identified in the media, took Gammy's healthy twin sister back to their home in Western Australia.

Pope reinstates rogue priest

Pope Francis has reinstated a Nicaraguan priest suspended by the Vatican in the 1980s for participating in Nicaragua's leftist Sandinista government.

The 81-year-old Rev Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann, Nicaragua's foreign minister from 1979 to 1990, recently wrote to Francis asking to be allowed to celebrate Mass again before he died. The Vatican suspended D'Escoto and three other priests in 1985 for defying a church ban on clergy holding government jobs.


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