Friday 9 December 2016

While you were sleeping - the stories you missed overnight

Published 19/02/2016 | 07:28

Today's front page of the Irish Independent.
Today's front page of the Irish Independent.

We take a look at the main stories from overnight and what it says in today’s papers.

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Abroad

The Pope has made a surprising intervention in the US election, strongly criticising Donald Trump. When asked about the controversial billionaire's views on immigration, Pope Francis said that anyone who wants to build a wall along the US-Mexican border isn't Christian. Responding to the Pope's comment last night, Mr Trump said that for a religious leader to question a person's faith is "disgraceful".

Read More: Trump is not Christian, suggests Pope Francis  

Facebook and Twitter are siding with Apple in its fight against a court order requiring the company to help investigators break into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino mass shooters. A US magistrate has ordered Apple to produce software that would give investigators access to the iPhone at issue. Apple has until Tuesday to challenge the order, setting the stage for a legal clash that experts say could change the relationship between tech companies and government authorities in the US and around the world. Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people in a December 2 shooting at a holiday lunch for Farook's co-workers.

Read More: Facebook and Twitter side with Apple in fight against court order relating to San Bernardino mass shooting investigation  

Austria vowed to press ahead with plans to cap the number of asylum seekers entering the country despite claims the move would break the law. The pledge came as EU leaders struggled to end their fragmented approach to managing Europe's biggest refugee emergency since the Second World War. In tense late night talks in Brussels, the leaders also decided to hold a summit in early March with Turkey, which has been the source of hundreds of thousands of people arriving in the EU over the last year. More than 1 million people entered the EU in 2015 fleeing conflict or poverty, and some 84,000 have entered so far this year.

Read More: Austria vows to press ahead with plans to cap the number of asylum seekers entering the country  

The papers:

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch has been told that his life is in danger as he prepares to bury his murdered brother. One notable absence at yesterday's wake for Eddie Hutch Snr was the brother of the deceased, Gerry, who was formally notified that his life was in danger on Wednesday night. Scores of mourners turned out at the home of Margaret Hutch to pay their respects to her brother, who was callously murdered last week.

Read More: 'The Monk' warned of threats to life as mourners pay respects to his brother  

A total of 235 ambulances broke down across the country within a nine-month period last year, including one incident where the wheels fell off a vehicle while it was taking a patient to hospital. Figures show that the highest number of breakdowns took place in Dublin, followed by Galway. Documents released to Fine Gael Senator Hildegarde Naughton under the Freedom of Information Act show 235 breakdowns were recorded by the National Ambulance Service between February 12 and November 11 of last year.

Read More: Back wheels fall off one ambulance as 235 break down in nine months  

RTE broadcaster Evanne Ni Chuilinn has opened up about the tragic loss of her brother Cormac, the Herald reports. Her beloved sibling took his own life back in October 2013 when he was just 29, leaving her Kilkenny-based family devastated. Evanne explained how her brother had suffered from ­depression from an early age and struggled with life's daily challenges. However, the brave sports presenter said that she takes comfort from the fact that he's at peace now and tries to recall the happier times that she ­enjoyed with him.

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