Thursday 29 September 2016

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

Published 19/04/2016 | 07:14

People cheer as Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders walks on stage at a campaign rally on the eve of the New York primary, April 18, 2016 in the Queens borough of New York City
People cheer as Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders walks on stage at a campaign rally on the eve of the New York primary, April 18, 2016 in the Queens borough of New York City

Rescuers are in a race against the clock to find survivors from a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake as the death toll from Ecuador's strongest eruption in decades rose above 400.

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Teams from Ecuador and neighbouring countries fanned out across the country's Pacific coastline to look for the dozens of people still missing.

In the port city of Manta, a group of about 50 rescuers working with sniffer dogs, hydraulic jacks and a drill managed to free eight people trapped for more than 32 hours in the rubble of a shopping centre flattened by Saturday night's quake.

The first rescue took place before dawn, when a woman was pulled head first from a nearly two and a half-foot hole cut through concrete and steel. Firefighters applauded as she emerged from the debris, disoriented, caked in dust and complaining of pain, but otherwise in good health.

Read More: Race against time to find survivors buried after Ecuador earthquake as death toll rises to over 400 people

A senior Australian politician has mocked a video recorded by actor Johnny Depp and his wife Amber Heard over their infamous dog smuggling spat with quarantine officials.

Agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce said he could have directed the film better himself and it looked like Pirates Of The Caribbean star Depp was auditioning for The Godfather.

Depp and Heard's 40-second videotaped apology was submitted during a hearing in an Australian court on Monday.

Read More: 'Depp looked like he was auditioning for the Godfather' - Australian politician mocks Johnny and Amber Heard's apology video

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has made an embarrassing slip-up at his final rally before the big-prize primary contest in New York.

The brash billionaire businessman was about to deliver prepared remarks lauding New York values when he mistakenly mentioned the name of convenience store chain 7-Eleven instead of 9/11 - the September 11 2001 terror attacks.

Campaigning in Buffalo, he said: "It's very close to my heart because I was down there, and I watched our police and our firemen down at 7/11, down at the World Trade Centre right after it came down, and I saw the greatest people I've ever seen in action."

Mr Trump has repeatedly invoked the September 11 attacks as he has campaigned across his home state. He paid his first visit to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum earlier this month.

Read More: 'I watched our police and our firemen down at 7/11' - Donald Trump's embarrassing slip-up as he confuses convenience chain store with 9-11

The front of today's Irish Independent features a story about free GP care for children. Parents are facing a 'postcode lottery' as they try to avail of free GP care for children aged under six - with as many as one in five family doctors refusing to sign up to the service.

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The front page of the Herald focuses on a crime story with reports that a senior Kinahan cartel gangster has a €500k war chest to murder five rivals in the Hutch gang, The crime figure - a close associate of the Regebncy Hotel murder victim David Byrne - is determined to wipe out the criminals he blames for the fake gardai hit last February.

The Examiner leads with a story about the dangers of the public being exposed to therapists who don't have enough training. The story reports that people with little training beyond an online course bought online are advertising themselves as counsellors to the depressed and even suicidal - as there is no law stopping them.

The Irish Daily Mirror reports that police in the UK have not given up hope finding Madeline McCann alive

Read More: 'Madeleine can still be found alive,' say police

Mick Duthie gave fresh hope to the parents to Kate and Gerry when he vowed not to give up the search.

The Irish Sun leads with the story of tragic num Sister Clare Theresa Crockett who died in the Ecuador earthquake was trying to lead school children to safety.

The Irish Daily Mal's headline story asks 'where is the justice' as it reveals that a motorist previously jailed for killing two gardai while joyriding in a stolen car has escaped prison for his latest driving offence.

The Irish Times reveals that almost 2,000 drivers have availed of the poor box to avoid penalty points for speeding. The story reveals that more than a third of drivers before the District Court have had their cases struck out.

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