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Medals haul for Irish athletes

IRISH athletes have secured three gold, one silver and five bronze at the European Transplant and Dialysis Games in Krakow.

In the ladies Petanque events dialysis category, Chikoyo White from Balbriggan, Dublin, secured her first ever gold medal and her teammate Linda Waters from Athenry won a silver medal.

Veteran Charlie Ryan from Cobh came first in the 60 to 69-year-age category in the Petanque event, while Bridie Nicholson from Sligo won a silver medal.

The Irish team also cleaned up at the 5k 
mini-marathon event with 
Kieran Murray securing gold.

Rebels shoot down fighter jet

Separatists have shot down a Ukrainian fighter plane amid fighting between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian government forces in the eastern part of the country.

Ukrainian military spokesman Oleksiy Dmitrashkovsky said the plane was shot down over the Luhansk region. The pilot ejected and was taken to a secure place, he said.

Further details about the incident were not available.

Fighting in Ukraine has escalated since the insurgency arose in April.

15 missing as tour boat sinks

A boat carrying foreign tourists in central Indonesia has sunk, leaving 15 people missing.

A spokesman for the search and rescue agency in Mataram, said the boat was on its way from Lombok island to Komodo island 
carrying 20 foreign tourists, four Indonesian crewmen and an Indonesian guide when it sank due to bad weather.

Among those rescued are two each from New Zealand and Spain, and one each from Britain and France.

Manics miss V Festival spot

Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers cancelled their performance at last night's V Festival after 
being stranded in 

The band were second on the bill for the MTV Stage at Chelmsford's Hylands Park last night.

A festival spokesman said last night that there were no plans to replace the Manics on the line-up.