Monday 5 December 2016

While you were sleeping: The stories you missed overnight and this morning's headlines

Published 04/04/2016 | 07:05

Greece began returning migrants from the island of Lesbos to Turkey on Monday under a landmark European Union deal aimed at stopping the uncontrollable influx of migrants and refugees into Europe since last year.

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Under the EU-Turkey deal, Ankara will take back all migrants and refugees, including Syrians, who enter Greece illegally in return for the EU taking in thousands of Syrian refugees directly from Turkey and rewarding it with more money, early visa-free travel and progress in its EU membership negotiations.

Two Turkish-flagged passenger boats carrying 131 migrants set sail from Lesbos to the Turkish town of Dikili as the sun rose over the Aegean Sea early on Monday, a Reuters witness said.

A small group of activists protested outside the port chanting "Shame on you!" Volunteer rescuers protesting at sea lifted a banner above their vessel which read: "Ferries for safe passage, not for deportation."

Meanwhile in Iraq, aircraft from a U.S.-led coalition on Monday destroyed the Turkish consulate compound in Mosul in northern Iraq which has been occupied by Islamist State militants since June 2014, the Turkish foreign ministry said.

It said in a written statement that Turkey's views had been sought and its approval given for the air strikes, which were carried out at 3 a.m. 

Meanwhile on the front pages in Ireland; 'Judge rapped on 'compo culture' as premiums soar' reads the front page of the Irish Independent. The newspaper's front page reports that judges are being pressed to tackle the problem of hugely inflated insurance premiums by sticking to new guidelines on compensation claims.

Convicted drug mule Michaella McCollum features on the majority of the front pages this morning following her release from Peruvian prison and her exclusive interview with RTE on primetime television last night.

The Herald features exclusive photos of Michaella on their front page as she runs for cover from photographers in the city of Lima.

The headline reads 'Get Me Out Of Here' alongside a photo of Michaella in the back seat of a taxi.

The Irish Daily Star and Irish Daily Mirror feature quotes from the young woman's interview last night.

'Lethally blonde' reads the front page of the Star, while the Mirror leads with the headline; 'I could have had blood on my hands'.

The Irish Daily Mail leads their Monday front page with the latest from the health service, the headline reading: 'Doctors crisis at children's hospital'.

The newspaper reports on a mother who tells of her five-year-old's misery as thousands of youngsters are forced to wait years for basic ear, nose and throat treatment.

The Irish Sun leads their front page with the headline; 'Monk: My life's over'. The newspaper reports that Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch told Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan in their final conversation he was afraid he wouldn't get to see his grandchildren grow up.

'Global leak reveals secret offshore activities of world leaders and stars' reads the front page of the Irish Times. The newspaper reports on a massive information leak of an international law firm's files and how it has exposed the offshore holdings of current and former world celebrities.

Finally, the Irish Examiner leads their front page with the headline; 'Poor lab facilities are 'big risk' to evidence'. Ireland's forensic chief has warned the Government that the State faces the risk of a "very large expense and untold reputational damage".

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