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Continuity IRA 'claims Dublin hotel gun attack'

Gardai at the scene of the shooting. Credit: PA

The Continuity IRA has claimed responsibility for a masked shooting at a boxing weigh-in in Dublin and has threatened further attacks on "criminals", according to reports.

One man was killed and two people were injured when attackers burst in to the event at the city's Regency Hotel on Friday, where up to 300 people had gathered.

In a statement to BBC News, a man claiming to speak on behalf of the Continuity IRA said the man who died had been targeted for his alleged involvement in the killing of a leading member of dissident republican group the Real IRA.

The six-man gang that carried out the Dublin attack was said to include one disguised as a woman wearing an "auburn wig", while others wore police costumes.

They opened fire in the hotel's lobby, sending bystanders running for their lives.

Amateur footage of the attack posted to YouTube showed the gunfire breaking out just after a weigh-in for a World Boxing Organisation (WBO) title fight between Jamie Kavanagh and Antonio Jao Bento, due to take place on Saturday.

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Gymnast Tweddle undergoes neck surgery

Beth Tweddle has undergone surgery to fuse together two fractured vertebrae in her neck, her family has said.

Olympic gymnast Tweddle suffered the injury during the making of Channel 4 programme The Jump.

Surgeons took a bone fragment from Tweddle's hip and used it, along with pins, to fuse together two fractured vertebrae in her neck.

Beth Tweddle was taking part in a TV show. Credit: Channel 4

The former gymnast thanked well-wishers, she said: "Thank you so much for your support and concern. The last 48 hours have been very scary but all the messages have really helped to keep me positive. I will keep you updated on my progress."

Tweddle's parents, Ann and Jerry, said initial medical indications were positive as she can move her hands and feet.

The early medical indications were positive as Beth was able to move her hands and feet, despite being in a lot of discomfort.

The medical staff have been fantastic and explained to us that Beth was waiting for an operation as there were more serious cases ahead of her.

At 20:00 GMT last night Beth was taken down for surgery where they took a piece of bone from her hip and used it to fuse the two vertebrae that were fractured, along with pinning them together.

It was a scary time for all of us and we're just very grateful that the operation was a success.

– Ann and Jerry Tweddle

22 killed as migrant boat capsizes off Turkish coast

The boat sank off Edremit on Turkey's western coast, close to the Greek island of Lesbos. Credit: Google Maps

Twenty-two people have drowned after a boat carrying migrants capsized en route to Greece, the Turkish coast guard has said.

The boat sank off Turkey's Aegean coast in the Edremit area of Balikesir province, as those on board sought to reach a Greek island, an official said.

Separately, the Dogan news agency said 11 migrants died and three were rescued when another boat sank further south off the cost of Dikili in the Izmir province.

Deepcut: New evidence may show soldier did not kill herself

New scientific evidence has shown a teenage soldier found dead at Deepcut army barracks more than 20 years ago may not have killed herself, an inquest has heard.

Private Cheryl James was one of four recruits to die at Deepcut over a seven-year period. Credit: Family handout

Private Cheryl James, 18, was discovered with a fatal bullet wound at in November 1995.

A lawyer for her family has called for a second inquest into her death to be delayed by a few weeks to allow "important" pathological evidence to be properly considered.

Alison Foster QC said: "Now there is distinguished pathological evidence showing that the shot that killed Cheryl James may not have been self-inflicted.

"Third party involvement is more than merely speculative, according to this inquest's pathologist.

"It's important such evidence is fully acquired and assimilated", she added.

Taiwan earthquake: Aunt of rescued eight-year-old also found alive

Rescuers in Taiwan have pulled a woman alive from the rubble of a building that collapsed as a result of the earthquake that hit the southern city of Tainan, according to Taiwan television stations.

The woman, identified as Chen Mei-jih, is reportedly the aunt of the eight-year-old girl who was rescued just hours earlier.

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Car sunken in sand as Storm Imogen hits Cornish beach

Gale-force winds from Storm Imogen that have been battering Britain's southern coastline have also whipped up a sandstorm that left a car partly submerged on a Cornish beach.

Ian Jepson captured the remarkable scene on camera:

Turkey drive tents over border as refugees remain held

A Turkish convoy carrying tents has crossed the border to reinforce camps on the Syrian side where thousands of refugees remain held.

ITV New Middle East Editor Lutfi Abu Aun tweeted images of trucks reaching the border gates at Bab al-Salameh.

The Turkish government is continuing to resist pressure from the EU to admit more refugees with between 30-40,000 Syrians held just over its border.

People sit on the pavement as they wait at Turkey's Oncupinar border crossing. Credit: Reuters
A 15-year old injured Syrian boy was allowed entry into Turkey for treatment, along with his father, at the Oncupinar crossing. Credit: Reuters
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