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Poles to elect new president

Poles will choose a new president on June 20 in an election brought forward from the autumn after the death of Lech Kaczynski in a plane crash in Russia last month.

Frontrunner Bronislaw Komorowski, who as speaker of parliament is acting president, is the candidate of Prime Minister Donald Tusk's ruling Civic Platform, a centrist, pro-business party.

Komorowski's main rival, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, is the twin brother of the dead president and leads the main opposition party, the right-wing, eurosceptic Law and Justice party.

The eight other candidates are trailing far behind. If no one wins more than 50pc of the vote, a second and final round will go ahead on July 4.

Gun victims leave hospital

TWO men who were injured in a shooting in Inchicore in Dublin at the weekend have left St James's hospital.

The two men were in separate vehicles on Ring Street when they were shot shortly before 11am.

One of the men suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder and the other man was wounded in the arm.

The gunman fled the scene. No arrests have yet been made.

Martin in trade trip to China

Foreign Minister Micheal Martin will meet with Irish business leaders in China today as part of a five-day visit to the country.

During the trip, aimed at promoting diplomatic, trade and education links, Mr Martin will also hold talks with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi and with the country's Vice Premier, Li Keqiang.

The minister will visit the Irish Pavilion at Expo 2010 in Shanghai and will travel to Beijing, Hong Kong and the cities of Shenzen and Dalian

Warsaw hit by new flood woe

The river that runs through Poland's capital burst its banks in one place, adding to the flooding that already killed 12 people in the country since last weekend.

The Vistula River overflowed its banks in a non-residential area of Warsaw.

For now, it is only affecting one area in Warsaw and authorities said that residents were not at immediate risk.