| 17.5°C Dublin

Dog charity in €20k appeal

Gillian Quinn, wife of former Ireland footballer Niall, was on hand to launch an appeal by charity PAWS which needs €20,000 to re-house dogs.

PAWS has 108 dogs that they are trying to find homes for and capacity for only 70 dogs.

Gillian - who owns ten dogs - said, “PAWS has more adult dogs to re-home than any other re-homing facility in Ireland and desperately needs funds for vet bills and basics for the dogs”.

Last year, 16,481 dogs entered the dog pound system; 6,125 were given to animal rescues. 3,943 were destroyed and 105 died of natural causes. This cost the taxpayer over €5.2m.

The charity is seeking contributions at www.paws.ie.

12 killed in car bomb attack

A car bomb exploded outside a off-licence in northern Iraq overnight, killing at least 12 civilians, a senior police officer has said.

The blast struck the northern oil-rich and ethnically-mixed city of Kirkuk, wounding 29 others.

According to the United Nations, 8,868 people were killed in Iraq last year.

China, Japan in fighter jet row

Chinese and Japanese officials have traded accusations after Chinese fighter jets flew within dozens of feet of Japanese military aircraft that had entered an air-defence zone declared by Beijing over the East China Sea.

China’s Defense Ministry said a Japanese surveillance plane and another plane entered the defence zone during a joint military drill with the Chinese and Russian navies.

Harry Potter star graduates

Emma Watson has graduated from a US university. The actress, best known as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, was among those receiving degrees at Brown University.

Watson (24) graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the university in Rhode Island.

She started at Brown in 2009, the same year she was named the highest-grossing actress of the decade by the Guinness Book of World Records.