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Northern Ireland outlaws paying for sex

Northern Ireland will become the first part of the UK to criminalise paid-for-sex.

Those who break the law will face up to one year in prison.

Northern Ireland has become the first part of the United Kingdom to outlaw paying for sex Credit: PA

The Northern Ireland Assembly has passed the Human Trafficking and Sexual Services Bill, which includes criminalising the purchase of sex.

Prostitution is currently legal in the UK and most EU countries, while many aspects of the trade, including brothels and public solicitation, are illegal.

The move in Northern Ireland echoes laws already in place in Scandinavian countries that opts to make customers guilty of crimes, rather than the prostitutes.

The Republic of Ireland is considering similar laws.


Seaside towns battered by winds as 'weather bomb' nears

Seaside towns in many areas of the UK are being battered by strong winds, with gusts up to 81mph recorded at Tiree in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.

Seaside towns in many areas have been hit with strong winds. Credit: Paul Smith Photography
A man watches as waves crash into a cliff at Portstewart in northern Ireland. Credit: REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

Ireland to bid for 2023 Rugby World Cup

Ireland celebrate a victory over Australia in Dublin last month. Credit: PA

An all-Ireland bid to stage the 2023 Rugby World Cup will be unveiled today.

Political leaders from the Northern Ireland Executive and Irish government will join senior officials from the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) to outline their ambition to jointly host the sport's showpiece event.

Both administrations have been engaged in a preliminary assessment exercise over the last 10 months to weigh up the feasibility of submitting an official bid.

The all-Ireland bid is expected to be given the go-ahead at an event in Armagh this morning.

Republican man arrested over Jean McConville murder

Mother-of-10 Jean McConville was abducted, killed and secretly buried in 1972. Credit: PA/PA Archive

A well-known republican has been arrested by detectives investigating the murder of Belfast mother-of-10 Jean McConville in 1972.

Bobby Storey, 58, was reportedly detained in the west of Belfast under the provisions of the Terrorism Act.

Officers stressed he was detained as part of the "overall investigation" into the crime.

Ms McConville was abducted, killed and secretly buried and her body was not found until 2003 on a beach in County Louth.


Derry man 'left Syria after becoming disillusioned'

An Irish citizen from Derry described to detectives how he left Syria after becoming "disillusioned" battling both the Baathist regime of President Assad and Isis fighters, a court heard.

Eamon Bradley, who converted to Islam five years ago, was remanded in custody today after his bail was refused by District Judge Barney McElholm. Speaking in court today, a detective sergeant from the Police Service of Northern Ireland described his version of two days of interviews with Bradley. He said:

During this account he stated, having converted to the Muslim faith and becoming aware of the conflict in Syria, he determined that he would travel to Syria to help the people.

Mr Bradley has informed police that he attended a training camp under the control of a group called Jaysh Al Islam, which translated is Army of Islam.

He was there for a period of approximately two months. He stated he received training in this camp in AK47 firearms, he mentions other firearms, he also mentions mortars and other explosive weapons.

He claimed that he signed up to be part of the Mujahedeen knowing they would be fighting to overthrow the Baath regime - the Syrian government - and fighting against Isil.


Bradley was there for a period of approximately two months, police said. The 25-year-old was remanded in custody until December 4.

Derry man 'fought against Isis and Assad forces in Syria'

Eamon Bradley arriving at Derry Court this morning. Credit: Press Association.

A man from Northern Ireland charged with receiving weapons training from opposition forces in the Syrian civil war has told police he was involved in battles against both Islamic State fighters and the government regime, a court has heard.

Eamon Bradley, from Derry, gave police extensive reports of his role in the conflict earlier this year, the city's magistrates court was told.

He was arrested on Thursday after returning from Syria. He appeared in court charged under UK terror legislation with committing two offences in Syria - possession of explosives with intent to endanger life, namely a grenade, and receiving training in arms and explosives.

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