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Irish executive to be released after Rio tickets arrest

Mr Mallon was detained over an alleged ticket touting operation Credit: PA

THG Sports director Kevin Mallon, who was arrested in Rio over an alleged ticket touting operation at the Olympics, is "shortly to be released from preventative detention", a spokesman for his company has said.

The Irish national was arrested for conspiracy and helping to sell tickets illegally to the Rio Games, local police said.


Italy quake death toll rises to at least 290

People gather during a funeral service for victims in Ascoli Piceno. Credit: Reuters

The number of people killed in Italy's earthquake has risen to 290 as the country holds a national day of mourning.

A state funeral attended by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has been held in the city of Ascoli Piceno for 35 of the victims.

Search and rescue operations are continuing but have been hampered by hundreds of aftershocks since the 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck on Wednesday.

Italy mourns victims of deadly earthquake

A woman sits next to a coffin to pay her respects as she attends a funeral for the earthquake victims Credit: Reuters

Italians are paying their respects to the victims of Wednesday's powerful earthquake on a day of national mourning.

At least 281 people died and around 400 remain injured in hospital after the 6.2-magnitude earthquake caused hundreds of buildings to collapse.

Search and rescue operations are continuing but have been hampered by hundreds of aftershocks.

President Sergio Mattarella has visited Amatrice, one of the worst-affected towns, where the majority of the casualties occurred.

President Sergio Mattarella shakes hands with a firefighter as he visits Amatrice. Credit: Reuters

A state of emergency has been declared in the affected towns.

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