Friday 2 December 2016

Venezuela massacre, Trump latest and the Irish front pages - the stories you may have missed overnight

Published 15/03/2016 | 07:34

The front page of today's Irish Independent
The front page of today's Irish Independent

Searchers have recovered the remains of 14 missing miners believed to have been killed by a gang seeking control over a wildcat gold claim in south-eastern Venezuela.

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Police investigating the massacre made the discovery in an area of jungle in Bolivar state, near where 20 miners disappeared a week ago, attorney general Luisa Ortega said.

The massacre last week rocked Venezuelans accustomed to violence in a country with one of the world's highest homicide rates and widespread impunity.

Fearing unrest after the state governor denied the killings took place and outraged relatives blocked a highway to Brazil in protest, President Nicolas Maduro's government dispatched more than 1,000 soldiers and cabinet officials to search for the missing miners.

Meanwhile in the US, Donald Trump has hit out at Ohio governor John Kasich a day before the state's Republican presidential primary.

Speaking in front of thousands in an aircraft hangar in Vienna Township, Mr Trump said: "Kasich cannot make America great again," adding that his rival's only economic success stems from Ohio's newly thriving petroleum industry.

Mr Kasich has pulled even with Mr Trump in some Ohio polls, and ahead in others, and with party grandee Mitt Romney at his side, urged the people who have twice elected him as governor to send a message that voters want a leader who can unite America, not divide it.

His pitch has taken on a more pointed tone in recent days, after violence erupted outside a Trump rally in Chicago. He said: "We don't fix America by demonising people, we don't fix America by dividing people."

On the Irish front pages this morning; 'Record rents higher than in boom' reads the front page of today's Irish Independent. The newspaper reports that the average rent in capital rises €124 in year. Personal Finance Editor Charlie Weston reports that rents have reached their highest-ever levels in the capital.

The Herald leads their front page with the words: 'We'll dig up Ryan's body'. 'Mr Big's mob sent the chilling warning to the family of slain RIRA brothers Alan and Vinnie Ryan.

'Gas Networks Ireland fined for overrun cover-up' reads the front page of the Irish Examiner. The newspaper reports that an investigation into 'seriously financial impropriety' in Bord Gáis both north and south of the border has resulted in a fine of €644,122 in the North and sanctions against four employees of the company in the Republic.

Former Anglo banker David Drumm makes the majority of the front pages this morning. Irish Independent reports that Drumm's luxury US mansion is due to be sold. Irish Daily Mail reports on the case and writes: 'Drumm's case: two-year wait'.

The Irish Times leads with the headline 'Three badly-performing colleges may face €1m penalty'. The newspaper reports that State funding may be withheld from institutions over 'poor performance'.

'Depraved' reads the front page of the Irish Daily Mirror. It reports on how convicted rapist Faisal Ellahi has been sentenced to 13 years in jail for the rape of a young woman with Down Syndrome. The Irish Daily Star leads with the same headline.

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