Thursday 29 September 2016

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

Published 29/03/2016 | 07:07

In the US, the FBI has successfully used a mystery technique without Apple's help to break into an iPhone linked to the gunman in a California mass shooting.

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The surprise development effectively ends a court battle between Apple and the Obama administration.

The US government told a court that it had accessed data on gunman Syed Farook's iPhone and no longer requires Apple's assistance.

Farook and his wife died in a gun battle with police after killing 14 people in San Bernardino, California, in December.

Meanwhile, in the Philippines, 10 Indonesian nationals are being held hostage after their ship was hijacked in Philippine waters.

Indonesia's foreign ministry said the owner of the hijacked tug boat and coal barge has received two telephone calls purportedly from militant group Abu Sayyaf, which is demanding a ransom.

The ministry, which referred to the hostage takers as pirates, does not know exactly when the incident occurred but said the ship owner was first contacted on Saturday.

"The current priority is the safety of 10 citizens who were taken hostage," it said, adding that the company which owns the ship has informed the families of the crew.

The tug, Brahma 12, and the Anand 12 barge were going from Sungai Putting in Kalimantan, which is the Indonesian part of Borneo island, to Batangas in the southern Philippines. 

In Irish headlines this morning: 'A day to remember' reads the front page of today's Irish Independent. The front page features a photograph of young Catherine Moore and her dad Dermot as they enjoy the Easter Monday 1916 commemorations on O'Connell Street in Dublin.

The Irish Examiner also leads with the country's 1916 commemoration. 'Army of citizens rise to the occasion' the headline reads.

The Irish Times leads with the headline; 'Fine Gael to propose reduction in VAT on new homes'. The newspaper reports that the party is to table a 'Help to Build' funding scheme for affordable housing at talks.

The Herald leads with the headline: 'Army guards gang's seized cars'. The newspaper reports that the army is standing guard over a fleet  of high-performance cars seized in the probe into the Kinahan cartel.

'Madness' reads the front page of the Irish Daily Mirror. The newspaper features a photograph of a car parked on a slipway in Greystones, Co Wicklow just one week after five people lost their lives after their car slipped into the water in Buncrana, Co Donegal. A passer-by appears to be offering advice to the occupants of the car.

The Irish Sun leads with the headline; 'Kingsize murdered by Judas', referring to the country's latest fatal shooting last week. The priest told Noel Duggan's funeral that the grandfather was gunned down by a coward like Judas who betrayed Jesus.

'Half the pupils in my school will be homeless' the front page of the Irish Daily Mail reads. A teacher has told the newspaper of the devastating effects on children forced to live in emergency accommodation.

Finally, the Irish Daily Star leads with the headline: 'Garda in Kinahan tweets shock'. The newspaper reports that a garda has defended his online interaction with gangland boss Daniel Kinahan.

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