Morning top 5: Leaving Cert results to be released; California wildfire leads to mass evacuations

The top stories this Wednesday morning...

It's D-Day for more than 58,000 Leaving Cert students who will get their results later.

Their points will be available online from midday or they can collect them in person this morning.

Today's papers warn there's been a dramatic drop in A1s, there are also concerns about the failure rate in science and maths.

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Wildfires in California have forced 82,000 people to flee their homes.

US authorities have ordered mass evacuations after the blaze which was started by an unprecedented drought.

More than 9,000 acres have been scorched in in San Bernardino County and Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency.

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Ibrahim Halawa is today marking three years behind bars without trial in Egypt.

The Dubliner has passed a letter to his family in which he says he is willing to die for freedom.

Ibrahim was 17-year-old when he was detained during a protest in Cairo. Since that time, the now 20-year-old has had his trial adjourned 13 times.

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A son of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was among a group kidnapped from a restaurant in a Mexican tourist resort, authorities have confirmed.

The state attorney general in Puerto Vallarta said six people suspected of being members of Guzman's Sinaloa Cartel were abducted by a group of armed men on Monday.

Eduardo Almaguer told a news conference that one of Guzman's sons, 29-year-old Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, was among those abducted.

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Thomas Barr is into the finals of the 400 metres at the Rio Olympics.

The Waterford athlete broke an Irish record overnight and took first position in his semi final.

Meanwhile, Annalise Murphy will be waking up as Ireland's newest Olympic medallist today.

She finished fifth in the Laser Radial last night - securing a silver medal overall.