Wednesday 7 December 2016

While you were sleeping: All the stories you may have missed overnight

Published 16/03/2016 | 07:21

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during a Republican primary night celebration rally at Florida International University in Miami, Fla., Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Rubio is ending his campaign for the Republican nomination for president after a humiliating loss in his home state of Florida.
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during a Republican primary night celebration rally at Florida International University in Miami, Fla., Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Rubio is ending his campaign for the Republican nomination for president after a humiliating loss in his home state of Florida.

Donald Trump has scored victories in three states, including the big prize of Florida, but lost Ohio to state governor John Kasich as the billionaire's rivals desperately tried to stop his march to the Republican presidential nomination.

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Marco Rubio, the Florida senator who staked his once-promising campaign on winning in his home state, dropped out of the presidential race shortly after the polls closed, leaving Mr Kasich as the last true establishment candidate running against Mr Trump and arch-conservative Ted Cruz.

Hillary Clinton won at least four states, dealing a severe blow to the bid by Bernie Sanders to slow her march towards the Democratic nomination.

Mr Trump, the controversial reality TV star, has upended the political establishment by winning most of the state-by-state competitions for delegates who will choose the Republican nominee. He has seized on Americans' anger with Washington politicians, attracting voters with his simply worded promise to make America great again.

Read More: Donald Trump rolls on towards White House as Marco Rubio pulls out of race

A piece of debris recently found on an Indian Ocean island where a wing fragment from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 had previously washed ashore is unlikely to be from the missing plane, Australian officials say.

The piece was discovered earlier this month on French-governed Reunion Island by Johnny Begue.

He had found a wing part on Reunion in July that came from Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.

Read More: MH370: Debris found on French island by teenager 'unlikely to be from airliner'

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said French authorities examining the latest piece have determined that it is unlikely to be from the missing Boeing 777.

The wing fragment found in July remains the only confirmed debris from Flight 370. Two other pieces that washed ashore in Mozambique have yet to be examined by investigators.

North Korea's highest court has sentenced an American tourist who allegedly attempted to steal a propaganda banner from a restricted area of his hotel to 15 years of hard labour in prison.

Read More: US tourists who stole North Korea propaganda banner sentenced to 15 years hard labour

Otto Warmbier, a 21-year-old University of Virginia undergraduate student, was convicted of subversion and sentenced in a one-hour trial at the Supreme Court.

Mr Warmbier was arrested in early January as he tried to leave the country after visiting as a tourist with a new year tour group.

In a statement before his trial, he told a gathering of reporters in Pyongyang he wanted the banner "as a trophy" for the mother of a friend.

North Korea announced the arrest in late January, saying Mr Warmbier committed an anti-state crime with "the tacit connivance of the US government and under its manipulation".

Closer to home, the Irish Independent leads with a property story.  Thousands of homes will be included in a massive Nama sell-off of property loans worth nearly €5bn.

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A host of international funds are set to swoop for the two portfolios of loans, which have a face value of €4.7bn.

The Herald also leads with a property story as it reveals that the family behind a bid to eject 40 residents from homes in West Dublin built a private airstrip without permission.

Planning authorities discovered the runaway - once used for an emergency landing in February 2011 - too late to issue proceedings for its removal.

The Star leads with a Cheltenham story which reveals that punters are cursing their luck as they missed out on a massive €100m after hot favourite Min failed to win the first race at the racing extravaganza.

The Irish Daily Mail leads with a politics story which says Enda Kenny has revealed the intense pressure he is under as he 'squared up' to Fianna Fail. He told a a gathering in Washington, 'Bejaysus, I wish I didn't have to go back to Ireland to face what I have I face.'

Read More: Kenny tells embassy in Washington: 'Bejaysus, I wish I didn't have to go back and face what I have to face'

The Irish Daily Mirror leads with a story concerning Republic of Ireland star Jeff Hendrick, who is in court. The Derby County star and his pals pulled a man from a taxi before he was beaten, a court heard yesterday.

Darren McDermott claimed he suffered a fractured jaw after he allegedly chased by the 'out of it' player and his friends outside a Dublin nightclub.

The Irish Sun leads with the release of David Drumm from custody yesterday as the extradited banker got bail.

The paper says that he 'returned home to a warm welcome and a cup of tea from his mammy'.

The Irish Times leads with a politics story which says that the Taoiseach is increasing pressure on Fianna Fail during his visit to the US. The story states Enda Kenny says he wishes to work on forming a government which could include Fianna Fail.

Finally, the Irish Examiner also leads with a politics story which reveals that Enda Kenny has thrown down the gauntlet to Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin.

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