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The Daily Fix: Friday

In today’s fix: Strauss-Kahn freed from house arrest, the woman who forgot to bury her mother, Wikileaks’ ‘priceless’ ad, and some very entertaining tennis (no, not Murray and Nadal)…

Preparations are underway in Monaco for the wedding of Charlene Wittstock and Prince Albert II
Preparations are underway in Monaco for the wedding of Charlene Wittstock and Prince Albert II
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EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of the day’s news as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed.

  • Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been freed from house arrest and had his bailed returned to him after a hearing in New York today. He still faces charges of sexual assault but there are doubts about the credibility of his accuser. His passport has not been returned to him.
  • An aid flotilla bound for Gaza has been banned from leaving port in Greece. The flotilla of nine boats, which is carrying six Irish crew members, was stopped from leaving by the Greek coast guard under orders from the government. The Israeli government has denied any involvement in damaging two boats which were meant to be part of the flotilla, including the Irish ship the MV Saoirse. The US Boat to Gaza group has tweeted this evening to say it’s boat is being held by Green police:

  • A 79-year-old former priest has apologised to his victim of sexual abuse in court today. Paul McGennis has told his victim and her family that he’s sorry for the “stress and torture” he’s caused them. His victim said in an impact statement to the court that her childhood, innocence and future had been stolen. McGennis will be sentenced nest month.
  • Three people have been killed in separate road crashes today. A seven-year-old boy was killed after being struck by a Jeep in Wexford, a male cyclist in his thirties was killed after he was involved in a collision with a lorry in Longford while a Gardaí are investigating a fatal crash in Croom, Co. Limerick in which a male motorcyclist in his twenties was killed after he collided with a car.
  • An internal investigation has been launched by Aer Arann after a blogger took to the internet to detail his treatment on a flight from Bristol to Dublin. The blogger was met off the flight be Gardaí after an exchange with a member of the cabin crew. Gardaí have said that no criminal offence took place.
  • A woman in Liverpool has been jailed for 11 months after she admitted to failing to bury her dead mother. Hazel Maddock allowed her mother’s corpse to lie in a bed in the house they shared for seven months.
  • Mark Zuckerberg has been quick off the mark to keep his eye on the competition. The Facebook founder already signed up new rival in the social networking world Google Plus.
  • The Pope is another one keeping his eye on social networking. It was reported earlier this week that he’s learned how to tweet. Now we can reveal who taught him the tricks of ‘the Twitter’…it was our very own funnyman (Not) Cardinal Seán Brady.
  • Wikileaks spoof ad having a go at Mastercard? Priceless

  • It’s Nadal and Djokovic for the Wimbledon final after Nadal dashed Murray’s hopes of the Centre Court clash this evening, winning three of the four sets.  Earlier Djokovic marched into the final after seeing off Frenchman Jo-Wilfied Tsonga.
  • And finally, while the match between Nadal and Murray was nail biting stuff, could it have been quite as entertaining as this guy? (with bonus cheesy music)…

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