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Saturday 21 October 2017

Child porn case waits on report

The extradition case of an Irishman alleged to be the "largest facilitator of child porn in the world" has heard that the hearing will go ahead before the High Court in May after a neurological report has been furnished.

Eric Eoin Marques, who is alleged to be the owner and administrator of an anonymous hosting site known as Freedom Hosting, is wanted by US authorities to face charges relating to conspiring to distribute and advertise child porn and advertising and distributing child porn.

The 28-year-old, with an address at Mountjoy Square in Dublin, has been in custody since his arrest in August 2013. Ms Justice Donnelly said that the extradition case will proceed on May 11.

Canada to strike against ISIS

Canada is expanding its military mission against the Islamic State group to include airstrikes on targets in Syria, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said.

Harper told Parliament that he will not seek "the express consent" of the President Bashar Assad government for the airstrikes, but will work closely with allies who have been carrying out such airstrikes against IS over Syria in recent months.

Explosion kills seven in Sudan

A munitions explosion killed seven people and injured a child in South Sudan's Unity state, the aid group Doctors Without Borders say.

The stockpile of unexploded ordnance, leftover from clashes between government forces and rebels last year, was stored in a container in the opposition-held Thar Jath.

The container blew up last week on Thursday, probably after locals set fire to the grass nearby to clear land for farming.

Brooker gets election special

Charlie Brooker has promised to take a swipe at politicians of every party in an hour-long election special.

His BBC2 Election Wipe show will feature regulars from his Weekly Wipe series.

Brooker said: "It'll be an honour to bring some much-needed confusion to the national debate."

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