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Pensioner dies in house fire

A PENSIONER died in a house fire yesterday morning.

The elderly woman was taken from the scene of a blaze at a house 2kms from the Co Donegal village of Creeslough, just before 2am.

She was later pronounced dead.

Fire crews fought the blaze on the Ballyboes Road into the early hours. The scene has now been sealed off pending a forensic examination later this morning.

Migrants send distress call

A cargo ship, believed to be carrying hundreds of migrants headed toward Italy, after telling Greek authorities it didn't require any assistance following an emergency call made by a passenger.

A passenger on board the Moldovan-flagged Blue Sky M called emergency services in Greece earlier in the day when it was sailing off the coast of the island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea.

Greek authorities scrambled a navy frigate and a helicopter to check on the status of the ship and the nature of the emergency. The ship was believed to be carrying between 400 and 600 migrants.

BBC suspends show on royals

The BBC has postponed a documentary based on the relationship between the British royal family and the press in the aftermath of the death of Princess Diana.

Reinventing The Royals was due to be aired on Sunday. According to the Radio Times, the documentary, presented by former Panorama editor Steve Hewlett, was pulled from the 9pm slot on Sunday's schedule after lawyers "known to represent senior members of the royal family" had made contact.

Cross taken from home

Chinese authorities have dismantled a cross in a Christian nursing home a week before Christmas, an employee said, the latest example of a growing crackdown on Christianity.

Men dressed in plainclothes removed the cross that was on top of the nursing home in the eastern city of Hangzhou on December 19. Activists say the incident is part of a campaign targeting churches throughout Zhejiang province.