Friday 28 July 2017

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A man comforts a woman whose relatives were killed, at a site hit by what activists were airstrikes carried out by Russian air force in Maasran town, in the southern countryside of Idlib, Syria
A man comforts a woman whose relatives were killed, at a site hit by what activists were airstrikes carried out by Russian air force in Maasran town, in the southern countryside of Idlib, Syria
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The Assad regime in Syria has launched a major ground offensive against rebel forces, backed by a barrage of Russian cruise missiles and air strikes in the first co-ordinated assault by the allies.

Fighting raged heaviest in the regime-held province of Hama, where US-backed Free Syrian Army rebels destroyed several tanks and held their ground against strafing helicopters.

Some 1,000km away in the Caspian Sea, Russian warships sent dozens of cruise missiles to join the fray.

Russia's defence ministry said it had struck 11 Isil positions, while an official video appeared to show that it had hit rebel-held territory in Aleppo and Idlib.

Read More: Russian planes back Assad's ground attacks

Sepp Blatter covered in bank notes
Sepp Blatter covered in bank notes

FIFA Chief Sepp Blatter is facing a 90-day suspension as the sports' governing body on ethics meetings in Zurich.

Mr Blatter's associate Klaus Stoehlker told media outlets yesterday that the ethics committee's adjudicatory chamber has recommended a 90-day suspension for soccer's most powerful official.

"Blatter has heard that from several sources," Stoehlker said. "He has not got any message from the committee... and he is perfectly under control. He is going to the office tomorrow."

Read More: FIFA chief Sepp Blatter 'facing 90-day suspension'

On the front pages this morning; 'Sweeteners for builders who sell new homes at less than market value' reads the front page of the Irish Independent.

Alan Kelly and Mairia Cahill at Government Buildings before Ms Cahill was unveiled as a Labour Seanad nominee Photo: Frank McGrath
Alan Kelly and Mairia Cahill at Government Buildings before Ms Cahill was unveiled as a Labour Seanad nominee Photo: Frank McGrath

The newspaper reports on how developers who sell homes at below market value will be given cash incentives as part of the Government's desperate bid to tackle the housing supply crisis.

Read More: Developers will get sweeteners to sell homes below value

Elsewhere the Herald reports on the family of Berkeley victim Niccolai Schuster meets his sporting hero German footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger.

The young student was among six who lost their lives when an apartment complex balcony collapsed in California during a 21st birthday party last June.

Yesterday, the new Manchester United midfielder took time out before squad training at the Aviva Stadium to meet the young man's family.

Read More: Family of Berkeley victim meet his hero

Bastian Schweinsteiger with, from left, Alexei, John and Graziella Schuster at the Aviva Stadium yesterday Photo: David Maher
Bastian Schweinsteiger with, from left, Alexei, John and Graziella Schuster at the Aviva Stadium yesterday Photo: David Maher

A Brazilian woman has spoken about her decision to go home after being headhunted to come to Ireland due to a skills shortage.

"Dublin is not prepared for the influx of people coming in" said Sandra Castrese (34), who has endured three separate intimidating attacks since moving to Dublin less than year ago.

Today's Irish Independent's frontpage
Today's Irish Independent's frontpage

Read More: Three physical assaults, spiralling rents and high cost of living - why Sandra is quitting Dublin to return home

The front page of the Irish Times leads with the claim that Taoiseach Enda Kenny is leaning towards a November election.

The paper says he is due to announce a key element of Fine Gael's manifesto later today.

Read More: Labour denies 'childcare bailout' for urban areas

Meanwhile, the Irish Daily Mirror leads with claims that tragic Cathriona White (30) begged ex-boyfriend Jim Carrey to "forgive" her in a note.

Tipperary native was found dead at her home in Los Angeles' Sherman Oaks on September 30, the third anniversary of her father Patrick's death.

Read More: Cathriona White was married to cameraman at the time of her death

Cathriona White
Cathriona White

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