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Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images A two week old unnamed baby gorilla at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent, UK, which has become the 130th born at the Aspinall Foundation's two wildlife parks in the county.
Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Friday

In your Friday Fix: Shocking beheading in Tenerife; DAA chairman resigns; Clerics killed in Libya; A ‘hi-tech’ bosca bruscair in Dublin; Porn stash at the bin Laden compound; and a “smash-and-grab” raid at the Irish Farm Centre.

EVERY DAY, brings you a round-up of the day’s main news as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed.

  • Shocking events in Tenerife today where a British woman has been stabbed and beheaded by a man who then reportedly carried her severed head through the streets of the Spanish tourist resort. A Bulgarian man is in custody this evening.
  • The chairman of the Dublin Airport Authority has resigned this evening. David Dilger has been in the job for two years and is now said to want to pursue other business interests. Ryanair has welcomed the resignation and called on the rest of the DAA board to follow suit.
  • Libya has denied claims that leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has been injured in NATO airstrikes and said this evening that 11 clerics had been killed and many more wounded in a NATO airstrike which the military alliance said was aimed at a Gaddafi command-and-control centre.
  • It has been reported that an “extensive” and “modern” collection of pornography was found at the compound in Pakistan where US commandos killed Osama bin Laden almost two weeks ago. No indications yet as to whether bin Laden made use of the material.
  • A week in which Spain was rocked by a rare earthquake, preparations continued for the visit of the Queen to Ireland and Jedward rocked Europe at the Eurovision song contest semi-final. Here it is in photos.
  • And as preparations continue for the Queen’s visit, Dublin City Council has followed up its removal of those flashy silver bins from O’Connell Street yesterday by installing these ‘hi-tech’ blue bins which are not in anyway secured to the ground and are dotted along the famous street:
  • The Irish Farmers Association has hit out at the Competition Authority’s “smash-and-grab” raid of its offices in Dublin today. The authority is said to be investigating possible milk price fixing.
  • A second newspaper has been implicated in the UK phone hacking scandal. The paper has not been named but the details emerged on the day Sienna Miller settled her claim with The News of the World for a swift £100,000.
  • The US’ special Middle East envoy George Mitchell has resigned. Mitchell was previously US envoy to Northern Ireland where he helped broker the Good Friday agreement. He appears to have been less successful mediating between Israel and Palestine but his resignation is said to be for personal reasons.
  • “We decide to do the Rosary early to get it out of the way before the semi-final starts. It takes two hours. I can’t remember which decade I am on, and I have to keep re-starting – mainly because I can’t stop thinking about the fact that everybody is wearing Jed heads…” (Not) Cardinal Sean Brady gives an insight into how he and his colleagues watched Jedward at the Eurovision last night.
  • It’s Friday the 13th today. Unlucky for some but apparently a good day for you lovers out there. Find out why.
  • Finally, before you head off out for the weekend, check out this pretty cool video by Philip Bloom of some people and sights around Dublin’s Temple Bar. Are you one of the people in this clip?