Thursday 29 September 2016

While you were sleeping: Stories you missed overnight and the front page headlines today

Published 24/03/2016 | 07:46

Irish Independent front page
Irish Independent front page

'Monk's best friend dies in latest gang shooting' reads the front page of today's Irish Independent.

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The front page reports on the death of the veteran gangster who was a close friend of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch. Noel Duggan was shot several times last night as he sat in a car outside his home in Ratoath, Co Meath. The Herald lead with the story and the headline 'Kingsize shot dead' - referring to Duggan's nickname he earned while smuggling cigarettes.

The Irish Mirror lead with the headline; 'Blasted to death in his car', while the Irish Sun leads with the line 'Kingsize gets smoked', while Irish Daily Star leads with the words; 'Monk's best pal shot dead in car'. The Irish Daily Mail's headline reads: 'Hutch feud's fourth victim'.

The Irish Times and the Irish Examiner lead their front pages with the latest from the Brussels terror attacks.

'Belgium ignored warning about attacker, says Turkish president' reads the front page of the Irish Times.

'City struggles amid manhunt' reads the Irish Examiner.

The Irish Independent also leads with the story of one of the Brussels victims. Alongside a family photo of victim Adelma Tapia Ruiz with her husband and twin daughters reads the headline 'Miracle escape of twins in attack that claimed mother's life'.

In international news, Australia said on Thursday debris recovered this month in Mozambique was highly likely to be from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, while Malaysia called for a stepped up search of Africa's coast for clues to the plane's fate.

Official analysis found two pieces of debris were "almost certainly from MH370", Australian infrastructure and transport minister Darren Chester said in a statement, referring to the Boeing Co 777 that vanished in March 2014 with 239 people on board.

"That such debris has been found on the east coast of Africa is consistent with drift modelling ... and further affirms our search efforts in the southern Indian Ocean," Chester said.

The flight disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, creating one of the most baffling mysteries in aviation history.

Investigators believe someone may have deliberately switched off the plane's transponder before diverting it thousands of miles off course, out over the Indian Ocean.

In Turkey, Reuters are also reporting a court ordered the arrest of a suspect in connection with a suicide bombing blamed on Islamic State that killed five people in central Istanbul.

Three Israeli tourists and an Iranian were killed when the bomber detonated his explosives on March 19 on Istiklal Street, a popular shopping and dining area.

A man who had allegedly been in touch with the bomber was detained in the southern city of Gaziantep and transferred to Istanbul, where a court ordered he be remanded in custody, Dogan reported.

More than 80 people have been killed in four bomb attacks this year in Istanbul and the capital Ankara. Kurdish militants claimed responsibility for two Ankara attacks, while authorities have blamed Islamic State for the two attacks in Istanbul. 

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