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Syrian-Americans protest Russian intervention in Syria outside a Russian consular office in Santa Monica, California, United States, October 6, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Syrian-Americans protest Russian intervention in Syria outside a Russian consular office in Santa Monica, California, United States, October 6, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

An intense wave of Russian air strikes has hit the Syrian province of Hama and nearby areas in the neighbouring province of Idlib in the early hours of Wednesday, a group monitoring the conflict said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there were also heavy surface-to-surface missile bombardments.

Russia, a top ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, started carrying out air strikes in Syria last week.

Read more: Heavy Russian strikes hit western Syria overnight

Ammie McKnight watches the level of floodwaters in the front yard of her Orange Street home in Georgetown, South Carolina October 4, 2015. REUTERS/Randall Hill
Ammie McKnight watches the level of floodwaters in the front yard of her Orange Street home in Georgetown, South Carolina October 4, 2015. REUTERS/Randall Hill

In the US, the death toll from widespread flooding in South Carolina has risen to 15.

South Carolina grappled with the damage wrought by record rainfall, as residents braced for more evacuations in areas near dams and swollen waterways across the state.

Predictions of sunny skies in coming days provided only small comfort. More than 800 people were living in shelters after floodwater forced them from their homes, and officials said new evacuations were likely as several rivers remained above flood stage and dams were being monitored for breaches.

"We are still in the mode that the next 36 to 48 hours will be volatile," Governor Nikki Haley told a news conference. "Don't let the sunshine fool you."

Cathriona White
Cathriona White

Officials said about 300 state-maintained roads and 160 bridges remained closed. Eleven dams in the southeastern state have failed, the state Emergency Management Division said.

Read more: Hurricane Joaquin : South Carolina flooding death toll rises to 15

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

It has emerged that Cathriona White, the young Tipperary woman living in LA and ex-girlfriend of Jim Carrey, was married at the time of her death.

The 30-year-old from Tipperary was married to Mark Burton, a cameraman she met in Los Angeles while working on an online comedy series.

Meanwhile, a 'deferred death certificate' has been completed so that her remains can be repatriated to Ireland.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Ed Winter, the assistant chief of the Los Angeles coroner's office, said her remains may be flown home today. The Irish Sun leads with the story this morning, its front page reading: 'Carrey ex's Vegas wedding'.

Read more: Cathriona was married at the time of her death in LA

On the front pages this morning; 'Schools told make uniform rules for transgender pupils' reads the front page of the Irish Independent.

The newspaper reports on how new school rules are on the way to help transgender pupils in areas such as uniforms and the use of changing rooms.

Read more: Schools told make uniform rules for transgender pupils

The dispute over the bill for vital repair works in a Dublin apartment complex continues with Environment Minister Alan Kelly saying he wants a chunk of Dublin City Council's property tax income to go towards the 'fire trap' Longboat Quay homes. 'Pay firetrap bill with homes tax' reads the front page of the Herald.

Victoria Beckham says her marriage to David is strong
Victoria Beckham says her marriage to David is strong

'O'Brien scraps $2bn flotation of Digicel in shock move' reads the front page of the Irish Times.

Digicel, the telecoms group owned by billionaire Denis O'Brien, last night cancelled a planned stock market debut in New York that could have valued the business at as much as $10bn (€9bn).

It was widely expected that the shares would begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday.

Digicel had been expected to raise proceeds of between $1.8bn and $2bn (€1.6bn and €1.8bn) from the highly anticipated share sale.

It would have been the second-biggest stock market flotation in the United States this year.

Read more: Digicel calls off €1.8bn flotation on New York stock market

The front page of the Irish Daily Mail leads with the possibility of a strike vote from emergency nurses. 'Chaos looms: Nurses to vote on A&E strike' the headline reads.

Meanwhile, the Irish Daily Mirror leads with latest in the celebrity world. 'Posh: Our marriage is not on the rocks' reads the front page. Victoria Beckham has 'broken her silence' to deny rumours her marriage with David Beckham is on the rocks, the newspaper reports.

Read more: Victoria Beckham: My marriage to David is strong

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