Sunday 25 September 2016

While You Were Sleeping: Stories you may have missed overnight

Published 15/01/2016 | 07:18

Republican U.S. presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump calls out to the audience at the conclusion of the Fox Business Network Republican presidential candidates debate in North Charleston, South Carolina January 14, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump calls out to the audience at the conclusion of the Fox Business Network Republican presidential candidates debate in North Charleston, South Carolina January 14, 2016

An overnight tour bus on its way to a ski resort in central Japan has careered off a mountain road, killing 14 people and injuring 27 others.

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Fire and disaster management authorities said the bus veered into the opposite lane near the famous resort town of Karuizawa, in Nagano state, smashing through a guardrail and slid down the mountainside before coming to a rest on its side against some trees.

The chartered bus was carrying 41 people, including two drivers who were taking turns, when it crashed in the early hours of Friday. The drivers were among the dead.

READ MORE: At least 14 people killed in Japanese bus crash

Police in Indonesia have arrested three men suspected of having links to the deadly Jakarta suicide bomb attacks and recovered an Islamic State (IS) flag from the home of one of them.

The discovery of the flag bolsters authorities' claim that Thursday's attack was carried out by the group, which controls territory in Syria and Iraq and whose ambition to create an Islamic caliphate has attracted 30,000 foreign fighters from around the world, including a few hundred Indonesians and Malaysians.

READ MORE: ISIS flag found as three men arrested after deadly Jakarta suicide bomb

The prison population at Guantanamo Bay has fallen below 100 for the first time since America's detention centre for terror suspects opened in 2002.

Ten prisoners from Yemen have been released and sent to Oman for resettlement, officials said, portraying it as a significant milestone in the long-stalled effort to shut the base in Cuba.

The release, among the largest on a single day under President Barack Obama, leaves 93 prisoners at the jail which holds men suspected of links to al Qaida and the Taliban.

READ MORE: Prison population at Guantanamo Bay falls beneath 100 for first time

In the papers today, the Irish Independent leads with a story on the forthcoming election under the headline of USC U-turn as Noonan unveils new wealth tax.

The story reveals how Fine Gael was accused of doing a U-turn on its plans to completely abolish the Universal Social Charge.

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The Herald leads with the story how the garda watchdog has been spying on the phone records of the paper's chief reporter Conor Feehan. The Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commssion (GSOC) has accessed Mr Feehan's mobile phone records as part of its investigations into a complaint made by a member of the public.

The Irish Examiner leads with the headline of Facebook inquiry over teen images on porn site.

The tech giant is to probe how images were used without teens' consent.

READ MORE: Girls as young as 12 among victims of 'image harvesting' scam on porn website 

Saoirse Ronan makes the front page of The Sun with her Oscar nomination for Best Actress. The Carlow-born actress is one of a number of Irish stars on the lists for the awards, taking her place alongside Michael Fassbender, Lenny Abrahamson, Emma Donoghue, Catherine Biggs and Benjamin Cleary on the short lists for the statues on February 26.

The Irish Daily Mail leads with a story on Labour cronyism claims with former union boss David Begg saying that he asked Labour leader Joan Burton why he wasn't going through the appointment process before being given his new State role.

The Irish Daily Mirror leads with the story of Irishman Hugh Doyle, who was found guilty yesterday of taking part in Britain's biggest-ever burglary.

Dubliner Doyle helped moved the haul after jewels, cash and precious metals worth more than £18m were stolen from London's Hatton Garden safe deposit company in April last year.

Finally, the Irish Times leads with a story on the Banking Inquiry. 'Developers force bank inquiry to climb down over report' runs the headline with the Oireachtas committee changes draft of final report after legal threats

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