News in BriefFriday 08 January 2016 08.28
Tributes paid to NI activist
Tributes have been paid from both sides of the community in Derry to Paddy 'Bogside' Doherty who died earlier today at the age of 89.
He became a household name during the ‘Battle of the Bogside’ in 1969 when he protested against police excesses in the nationalist area.
As vice-chairman of the Derry Citizens Defence Association, he met the British Home Secretary Jim Callaghan after his government deployed troops in attempt to keep the peace.
In the 1970s he helped found the Inner City Trust which combated unemployment by engaging in urban renewal.
Money stolen in robbery at Dublin supermarket
An investigation is under way following a robbery at an Iceland supermarket in Dublin.
Two men, who are believed to have been armed, entered the store around 5pm and demanded cash from staff.
They left with an undisclosed sum of money and no one was injured in the incident.
Merkel believes there will be progress on Ukraine crisis
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she believes there will be progress in the "Normandy format" negotiations on the Ukraine crisis over the next few months.
The "Normandy format" includes France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine.
"I believe that we will achieve progress in the Normandy negotiations between Russia and the Ukraine within the next months. I am optimistic," Ms Merkel said at a Chamber of Industry and Commerce event in Magdeburg.
Face surgery for boy attacked by chimp
An eight-year-old boy whose lips were torn off during an attack by chimpanzees as he played near a river in his native Democratic Republic of Congo will undergo a rare double-lip reconstruction at a New York hospital next week.
Doctors at Stony Brook Children's Hospital on Long Island will perform the first of several surgeries on Dunia Sibomana on Monday. The goal will be to restore functioning lips that will improve his speech and stop constant drooling.
During the surgery, doctors will harvest a rectangle of skin and a nerve from the boy's forearm that will be used to form the circle of both lips, said Dr Alexander Dagum, the hospital's chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Dunia was brought to the US six weeks ago by Smile Rescue Fund for Kids, a charity founded by Stony Brook dentist Leon Klempner, who helped arrange the surgery donated by the hospital and its doctors.