Pair set to appear in court over Corbett death

The wife and father-in-law of Jason Corbett are due to appear in court on 8 February in relation to his death.

Molly Martens Corbett, 32, and her father Thomas Martens, 65, face charges of second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter.

Neither of the accused appeared in court and the decision to adjourn the hearing was made by verbal agreement between lawyers.

Mr Corbett, originally from Limerick, died from head injuries at his home in North Carolina on 2 August 2015.

Islamic State confirms death of Jihadi John

A media outlet associated with the so-called Islamic State group has confirmed the death of the British militant known as Jihadi John.

The militant, who was identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a British citizen of Arab origin, was described in IS's Dabiq magazine by his nickname in the group of "Abu Muharibal-Muhajir".
              
In November, the US military had said it was "reasonably certain" it had killed him in a drone strike.  

522 patients on hospital trolleys

More than 500 people are on trolleys in hospitals across Ireland waiting on admission to a bed.

University Hospital Limerick is the worst affected by overcrowding, with 47 patients waiting on trolleys in its emergency department or on wards.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives' Organisation says there 522 patients waiting.

Three Dublin hospitals are also badly affected, with Tallaght and Beaumont each with 44 patients waiting and the Mater with 32 waiting.

Information appeal after Tallaght shooting

An appeal has been issued for information following a shooting incident in Tallaght in Dublin last night.

Shots were fired at two men sitting in a 06-D blue Mazda 3 in the Parkhill West area. The man in the driver's seat was injured but managed to drive himself to Tallaght Hospital. The second man was uninjured.

Gardaí are appealing for information on a 00-D-92403 silver VW Passat, which was seen in the area at the time of the shooting and later found partially burned out on the Benmadigan Road in Dublin. 

Anyone who may seen any suspicious activity in the Parkhill West area between 8.15pm and 8.45pm or may have seen the VW Passat either at Parkhill West or Benmadigan Road is asked to contact Tallaght Garda Station on 01-6666000 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111. 

Michael Noonan's brother passes away 

The death has occurred of Fr Jim Noonan, a brother of Minister for Finance Michael Noonan.

Fr Noonan, who was in his late 70s and ill for some time, was a member of the community of Kiltegan Fathers, and was a missionary priest in Nigeria for many years.

He was a native of Loughill in Co Limerick and had recently served as a curate in the Foynes Shanagolden parish.

French museum returns looted statue head to Cambodia

A French museum has returned the head of a statue of a Hindu god that was taken from a Cambodian temple 130 years ago, the Culture Ministry said.

The head of the Harihara statue, a combined representation of the Hindu gods Vishnu and Shiva, was returned by France's Guimet Museum on Saturday at the kingdom's request.

A ministry spokesman said the statue's head was removed from a temple in southern Takeo province during the French colonial period and shipped to Europe in 1886.

Azerbaijan imposes limits on foreign currency outflows

Azerbaijan imposed some limits on foreign currency outflows in a package of measures adopted by parliament to prop up the oil producer's depreciating manat currency.

Rising prices have stirred protests rarely seen in a country where oil money and well-equipped security forces have long ensured public loyalty to President Ilham Aliyev.

The manat has lost about a third of its value against the dollar in the past month and the central bank has burned through more than half its foreign currency reserves, which now stand at about $5 billion, trying to protect its value from low oil prices.

Oil and gas account for 75% of the Azeristate's revenues.

French hoteliers lose €270m in revenue after terror attacks

The deadly attacks in Paris in November has cost French hoteliers an estimated €270 million in lost revenue and could continue to have an impact on hotel occupancy rates, research firm MKG Group said.

The hospitality research firm said the sector was still suffering in January but there was some prospect of a recovery from mid-February, provided there are no more incidents.

Improving economic conditions, the Euro 2016 tournament to be held in France in June and trade fairs, should help hotel room demand this year, it added.

The French capital has been on high alert since 130 people were killed in shootings and suicide bombings in Paris on 13 November.