50-year-old surgery case
a JUDGE will decide next week whether to grant an early hearing in the case of an 83-year old woman who is suing a hospital over a surgical procedure carried out on her more than 50 years ago.
The High Court was told that Noreen Burns is currently in hospital and in a critical condition.
Mrs Burns, from Dublin, has taken an action against the National Maternity Hosptial, Holles Street, Dublin, over a symphysiotomy carried out in 1959.
Her counsel, Ciaran Craven, said his side had indicated to the hospital it intended to apply for an early date for hearing.
Israel launches Gaza offensive
The Israeli military has launched what could be a long-term offensive against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, striking nearly 100 sites.
It has also mobilised troops for a possible ground invasion aimed at stopping a heavy barrage of rocket attacks against Israel.
The military said "Operation Protective Edge" looks to strike the Islamic Hamas group and end the rocket fire that has reached deeper into Israel and intensified in recent weeks."
Stolen Matisse returns home
A painting by Henri Matisse, stolen more than a decade ago from a museum in Venezuela, has made its homecoming.
Officials said a piece of national heritage has been restored without injury.
The artwork, Odalisque in Red Pants, depicts a topless woman sitting in front of a wall.
Venezuelan authorities say that the 1925 painting, valued at $3m (€2.2m), was stolen from the Caracas museum in 2000.
The original work was swapped for a copy.
Vatican Bank profits down
The Vatican Bank has reported a big dip in profits as Pope Francis presses reforms to make the scandal-tainted institution more transparent.
The Institute for Religious Works has released its 2013 balance sheets. The figures show a plunge in net profit last year to €2.9m, from €86.6m in 2012.