Receiver fights for hotel access
A receiver to a company operating Barry's Hotel in Dublin has been unable to take possession of the premises despite a court order, a judge has been told.
Last week, Ms Justice Mary Laffoy ruled that receiver Declan Taite was entitled to possession after she rejected claims by Ravenshaw Ltd, the hotel operators, that his appointment as receiver and manager was invalid. Ravenshaw owes Ulster Bank €3m, it was claimed.
Yesterday, the High Court was told Mr Taite was still unable to take possession and the Great Denmark Street hotel is currently being run by an entity whose identity was not disclosed in open court.
14 migrants die in boat horror
At least 14 illegal immigrants drowned when their boat capsized off Malaysia's southern coast -- 10 others have been rescued.
The boat was heading to Indonesia's Batam Island yesterday when it sank in choppy waters. The boat was carrying a group of men from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq who were likely trying to reach Australia through Indonesia. Five Pakistanis were among the dead. The identities of the other victims have not been established.
New mum (26)
dies of bird flu
VIETNAM'S second death from bird flu in less than a month has been confirmed after two years with no reported fatalities.
Test results confirm that a 26-year-old woman died of the disease after being hospitalised in southern Soc Trang province. The woman had recently given birth in another hospital, but her infant son tested negative for the H5N1 strain of bird flu.
Film arrest at US congress
An Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker was arrested at a House of Representatives hearing after trying to film the proceedings without the required media credentials.
Joshua Fox was led out of the room on Wednesday in handcuffs and charged by Capitol Police with unlawful entry. He was released and did not have to pay a fine or post bail. A court date was set for February 15.