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Ireland bans branded cigarette packets

Ireland has become the first country in Europe to pass laws banning branded cigarette packets.

Under the new laws, tobacco products will be sold in a standard dark-coloured wrapper with large health warnings and images of disease.

President of Ireland Michael D Higgins will formally sign the legislation into law at a date to be confirmed.

It comes after Australia led the way by introducing plain packaging for tobacco products in 2012. The UK is set to pass laws before the end of the month.

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Appeal to find missing man and his baby son

Kieran Carroll Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police are appealing for help to trace a 22-year-old father who is believed to have gone missing with his baby son in Luton.

Kieran Carroll is described as being white, of medium build with short brown hair. He is believed to be wearing black trousers and a grey hooded top and has tattoos on his arms.

His eight-month-old son is believed to be wearing a blue cardigan with a picture of a ship on it.

Detective Inspector Sean Quinn, from Bedfordshire Police, said: “We are concerned about Kieran and his son’s welfare and would urge anyone who has seen them to contact us.

“We’re also appealing for Kieran to get in touch and let us know that he and his son are safe.”

Pelosi 'near tears' during 'insulting' Netanyahu speech

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has expressed her extreme dismay over the comments made by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to the US Congress.

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released a statement immediately after Netanyahu's speech. Credit: Reuters

In a statement released online, she said:

As one who values the U.S. – Israel relationship, and loves Israel, I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister’s speech – saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States as part of the P5 +1 nations, and saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation.

Today, Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated something we all agree upon: a nuclear armed Iran is unacceptable to both our countries. We have all said that a bad deal is worse than no deal, and stopping the spread of nuclear weapons is the bedrock of our foreign policy and national security. As President Obama has said consistently, all options are on the table for preventing a nuclear-armed Iran.

– Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader

Morecambe NHS chief accepts 'cover-up' at Furness

The chief executive of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust has admitted there was a cover-up by staff at Furness General Hospital.

Questioned by ITV News, Jackie Daniel said it was "difficult" to come to any other conclusion having read the Kirkup report which looked into failings at the hospital where 11 babies and one mother died.

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Israel's Netanyahu drives a stake through US policy

Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the US Senators will clearly annoy the White House, ITV News Washington Correspondent reports.

Former CIA director David Petraeus 'set to plead guilty'

Officials at the US department of justice said former CIA director David Petraeus has agreed to plead guilty to mishandling classified materials. A plea agreement has been filed in US District Court in Charlotte, North Carolina, a justice department statement says.

Former CIA Director David Petraeus. Credit: PA

The former top army general was charged with one count of unauthorised removal and retention of classified material, the agency said. Petraeus had signed an agreement pleading guilty to the single criminal count, the statement said.

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