Morning top 5: Kevin Mallon released on bail in Brazil; 15 dead after barrel bombing in Aleppo

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Irish man Kevin Mallon has been released from a high security prison in Rio overnight following a Brazilian Supreme Court ruling.

The THG sports director had been in Bangu prison since his arrest on the 5th of August in connection with ticket touting.

THG Sports released a statement yesterday welcoming the decision to release Mr Mallon on bail, saying it believes all its executives will be vindicated.

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At least 15 people have died in the Syrian city of Aleppo after a twin barrel bombing yesterday.

According to reports, regime aircraft dropped two explosive-packed barrels minutes apart on a rebel-held part of the city.

Dozens more were injured in Saturday's strikes, where mourners were paying respects to 11 children and four others killed in a barrel bomb attack on Thursday.

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Italy has observed a national day of mourning for the victims of Wednesday's earthquake - which is now known to have killed 290 people.

Political leaders joined mourners in the town of Ascoli yesterday at a state funeral for 35 of those who died.

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Immigrants are less likely to vote or participate in politics than those who were born and raised here, according to the Immigrant Council of Ireland.

The organisation is holding a series of ten one-stop-shops across the country to make it easier for migrants to get involved in their local communities.

The free events will provide information on becoming a citizen, participating in elections and volunteering.

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Irish Olympic silver medallists Paul and Gary O'Donovan will receive a hero's welcome when they return to Cork this evening.

The brothers came second in the men's lightweight double sculls in Rio, and yesterday Paul took gold in the single sculls in the World Rowing Championships in the Netherlands.

The pair are due to land in Cork Airport on an Aer Lingus flight from Rotterdam at around 9:30pm tonight.