Thursday 29 September 2016

While you were sleeping - all the stories you missed overnight

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 05/01/2016 | 07:25

It comes as the sister of an alleged jihadi said she will
It comes as the sister of an alleged jihadi said she will "kill him myself" if her brother is revealed as the masked militant in the footage showing the murder of five hostages

President Barack Obama has moved to tighten gun laws in the US following a number of devastating mass shootings,

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The President believes that his plan will save lives.

Mr Obama has been looking for ways to work around a Republican-led Congress that has blocked his previous efforts to tighten gun laws in the wake of mass shootings.

Read More: Barack Obama unveils plans to tighten US gun laws

Meanwhile, the mysterious disappearance of five Hong Kong booksellers who sold titles banned in mainland China has gained momentum after one purportedly wrote to say he was fine, prompting his wife to drop a missing person's report.

Read More: Mystery deepens over missing Hong Kong booksellers

Security services and police in the UK are attempting to discover the identity of the people behind a new Islamic State (IS) video believed to have links to Britain.

It comes as the sister of an alleged jihadi said she will "kill him myself" if her brother is revealed as the masked militant in the footage showing the murder of five hostages.

It came as a small boy who appeared in the footage was named in reports as the son of a jihadi bride from south-east London.

Read More: Shocked sister of IS suspect : I will kill him myself

On the front pages of the Irish newspapers this morning, the Irish Independent leads with the story that Jason Corbett's wife Molly Martens and his father-in-law, Thomas Martens have been charged with his murder in the US. Jason Corbett (41) was allegedly beaten to death with a baseball bat in his North Carolina home on August 2, 2015.

The Irish Examiner carries the story that Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has said that 139 rural Garda stations, closed during the economic crash, will remain closed.

Meanwhile, The Irish Daily Mirror leads with the story of thieves who tried to take advantage of the floods by stealing an army rescue boat to burgle homes in Clonlara, Co. Clare.

The Irish Sun's front page carries details of an investigation carried out into the profits made by private motorway toll firms.

The article states that one private operator of a motorway toll got €2.3 million in state compensation and then paid out €2 million to shareholders.

Michaella McCollum Connolly makes the front page of The Irish Daily Star who reports that she is undergoing medical treatment after contracting a tropical disease in a Peruvian prison.

Finally, The Irish Times leads with the news that Ministers estimate that road flood damage will cost approximately €40 million. The paper says that Environment Minister Alan Kelly is seeking an additional €10 million  to help Local Authorities to clean up in the aftermath of the flooding.

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