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Published 07/12/2015 | 06:43

Eva Murphy and her friends witnessed the terrorist knife attack
Eva Murphy and her friends witnessed the terrorist knife attack

A young Irish woman has told of the terrifying moment she came face to face wth the man at the centre of a London terror attack.

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'Face to face with crazed terrorist' writes The Herald as teacher Eva Murphy (24) believed she or one of her three friends were going to die after they walked right into the path of the knifeman. 

A man arrested after the knife attack at Leytonstone Underground Station has been charged with attempted murder, Scotland Yard said today.

Read more: Watch: Tube 'machete' attacker 'tried to behead victim' before police arrived to Taser him

The story of a teenage girl fighting for her life after she was swept into sea also features on this paper's front page - and that of the Irish Daily Star which leads with 'Miracle rescue'.

'Girl (14) fights for life after storm rescue' is also covered by the Irish Independent on their front page as the 14-year-old girl remains in critical condition after her scouting group was swept out to sea while walking on rocks near Wexford Hook Head. 

Read more: Girl (14) critical after Scout group is rescued

Another lead story from this paper is the report that Permanent TSB is making secret "bonus" payments to key staff. 'Now bailed-out bank is paying secret bonuses' is headline of the piece which reveals that a select group of staff are getting payments that work out at up to 11pc on top of their salaries.

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The Irish Times runs with the line that 'Ireland should take in 22,000 refugees, says agencies' as a coalition of 21 NGOs says the Government should increase the number of refugees it takes in under resettlement and relocation schemes.

Meanwhile, U2 frontman Bono has paid tribute to 130 people killed by extremists in Paris and 14 murdered in the California mass shooting, as the band performed in the French capital.

Names of Paris attack victims were projected on a huge video screen in the arena on Paris' east side, not far from the site of the November 13 rampage.

Read more: Bono tells Paris concert: 'We stand together with the families who lost their loved ones'

In other world news, Venezuela's opposition has won control of the National Assembly by a landslide, delivering a major setback to the ruling party and altering the balance of power after 17 years of socialist rule.

France's far right National Front has won more support than any other party in the first round of regional elections, according to polling agency projections overnight.

Read more: Landslide election victory for Venezuela's opposition

It is a new boost for Marine Le Pen's anti-immigration strategy and a fresh blow to President Francois Hollande's Socialists.

Barack Obama has vowed that the United States will overcome a new phase of the terror trying to "poison the minds" of people around the world, as he sought to reassure Americans rocked by the attacks in Paris and California.

The US president's speech, in a rare Oval Office address, followed Wednesday's shooting in San Bernardino, California, that killed 14 people and wounded 21.

Read more: Obama: US will defeat new phase of terror

And finally, rocker Ronnie Wood is to be a dad of twins at the age of 68. A number of the national tabloids including the Irish Daily Mirror run with the story that the Rolling Stone star announced his 37-year-old wife's pregnancy after her 12-week scan.

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