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Guilty verdict

A former British soldier has been found guilty of the manslaughter of a man at an army checkpoint in Co Tyrone more than 30 years ago.

David Jonathan Holden (53) had been trial at Belfast Crown Court accused of the manslaughter of Aidan McAnespie in February 1988.

Mr McAnespie (23) was killed in Aughnacloy moments after walking through a Border security checkpoint.

Russian visit

Russian president Vladimir Putin will on Friday meet the mothers of soldiers fighting in Ukraine, the Kremlin said, as the deadliest conflict in Europe since World War Two grinds into its 10th month.

The war in Ukraine has killed and wounded tens of thousands of soldiers on both sides, according to the United States, and the Russian invasion has triggered the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the 1962 Cuban Missile crisis.

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Hundreds of thousands of Russian soldiers have been sent to fight in Ukraine - including some of the more than 300,000 reservists who were called up as part of a mobilisation announced by Putin in September.

Cork arrest

A woman in her 40s has been arrested as part of an investigation into the discovery of a man’s body in Co Cork in March.

Gardai in Mallow arrested the woman on Thursday morning.

The man, aged in his early 60s, was found at a house in Buttevant on the night of Thursday, March 24th.

The woman is currently detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act at Mallow Garda station.

Ireland-France interconnector

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has said a new electricity interconnector between Ireland and France will bring down energy bills for households.

Mr Ryan made the claim in Paris on Friday as he witnessed the signing of the technical agreement for Celtic Interconnector by the chief executives of Eirgrid and Réseau de Transport d'Électricité (RTÉ).

Construction of the project is expected to start next year, though consumers won't benefit until it is completed in 2027.

Late Late Toy show

Ryan Tubridy is encouraging families to follow the yellow brick road on Friday evening as he unveiled this year's theme for the Late Late Toy Show as The Wizard of Oz.

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The RTÉ host said the cost-of-living crisis played a part in planning this year's programme, but he vowed to bring some technicolor magic to proceedings.

He said: "I can’t remember the last time I was this excited for the Toy Show given the previews I have had of it this week. It is the thing that is close to the hearts of everyone who will be watching. Every age group, every generation, people will know from every walk of life where exactly we are going when we see the set-up on Friday night.

East Wall meeting

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will meet residents of East Wall in Dublin on Friday to discuss their concerns with housing families from Ukraine in a former ESB building.

Amid a shortage of accommodation due to the arrival of tens of thousands of Ukrainian refugees and a surge in international protection applicants, non-residential buildings such as a former ESB block in East Wall have been used to accommodate people coming into the State.

Protests have been held in the area in response to the decision, with locals unhappy about a lack of consultation over the move.

Amazon strikes

Workers at Amazon sites across the world, including in the United States, Germany and France, were urged to strike on Black Friday, targeting the online retailer on one of the busiest shopping days of the year with calls for better pay.

The Make Amazon Pay initiative, which made the call for strikes, said industrial action was planned in more than 30 countries.

Germany's Verdi union said work stoppages were planned at 10 fulfilment centres in that country.

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