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Gardai line the route as the cortege makes its way through Blackrock
Gardai line the route as the cortege makes its way through Blackrock

The organiser of a party in Taiwan at which 12 people were killed and hundreds injured by exploding powder has been indicted on charges including negligent homicide.

The indictment recommends a heavy sentence for Lu Chung-chi if convicted over the July 27 disaster at the Formosa Fun Coast theme park in a suburb of the island's capital, Taipei.

Lu was arrested soon after the incident at the Colour Play Asia party.

The starchy, coloured powder was blasted into the crowd and ignited by what investigators believe may have been a spark or cigarette.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto attends an interview with Reuters in Budapest, Hungary October 15, 2015. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto attends an interview with Reuters in Budapest, Hungary October 15, 2015. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

About 500 people were injured, including victims from Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China and the US.

Read more: Party organiser charged with negligent homicide after 12 people die at 'Colour Play' bash

In Europe, Hungary will make a decision on Friday on a possible closure of its border with Croatia to stem the flow of migrants, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in Brussels, public television M1 reported.

Orban said he would call a meeting of the national security cabinet early afternoon which would discuss the situation and "make the necessary decisions."

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

Meanwhile, European Union leaders have agreed to boost the protection of its outer frontiers to help contain the refugee emergency and gave its border agency more clout to deport people who do not qualify for asylum.

But the 28 leaders struggled to persuade a reluctant Turkey to do more to stop tens of thousands of refugees entering the bloc - despite plans for increased financial support, the easing of visa restrictions for Turkish citizens and accelerating the country's EU membership talks.

The summit in Brussels - the fourth this year focused on the refugee crisis - bore little fruit amid infighting between countries like Germany and Sweden, who have taken a larger role in the refugee crisis, and several eastern nations who have done less.

Read more: Migrant crisis: Hungary to decide on possible border closure with Croatia today

In Malaysia, a man has been arrested on charges of hacking into the personal information of more than a thousand U.S. security officials and handing the database to the Islamic State militant group in Syria so it could target the individuals.

The 20-year-old from Kosovo, who entered Malaysia in August 2014 to study computer science and forensics at a private institute in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, will be extradited to the United States, police said in a statement on Thursday night.

"Early investigation found the suspect communicated with one of the right hand man (leader) of IS terrorist group in Syria to hack a few servers containing information and details of U.S securities personnel and team," Malaysian police said.

"The details were then transferred to the operation unit of the IS group for further action." 

Read more: Man (20) arrested for hacking US security data to supply targets for Islamic State

On the front pages in Ireland this morning are dominated by yesterday's State funeral of Garda Tony Golden.

The front page of the Irish Independent reads 'A proud family and hero' and shows three of Garda Golden's colleagues at the coffin of their fellow garda and friend.

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

The Herald leads with 'A hero in life... and death' and shows the thousands of mourners that lined the streets of Blackrock, Co Louth and walked in the funeral procession.

'Our hero, our friend' reads the front page of the Irish Sun. The photograph shows Garda Golden's colleagues shouldering the coffin of their friend which was draped in the tricolour and had his garda hat and gloves placed on top. The family of Tony Golden walk behind the coffin.

'Goodbye gentle giant' reads the front page of the Irish Daily Star, while the Irish Times leads with 'Thousands line streets for garda's funeral' and the Irish Examiner lead with 'Husband, father, son, hero'.

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