Saturday 1 October 2016

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

Published 30/03/2016 | 06:55

In Mexico, an international panel of experts that picked apart the Mexican government's account of what happened to 43 students who disappeared in 2014 will cease work in the country by late April, a senior government official said on Tuesday.

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The 43 student teachers went missing from the southwestern Mexican city of Iguala in 2014, and their abduction caused an international uproar over human rights abuses in Mexico.

The government originally said the students were detained by corrupt local police working for a drug gang. After they were handed over, the students were incinerated in a local dump, ground up and their remains tossed in a river, it said.

However a September 2015 report, commissioned by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and conducted by respected investigators from Chile, Colombia, Guatemala and Spain, strenuously questioned the government's account, rejecting the central claim that the students were burned in the dump.

The report was a humiliating blow to the government, which had claimed its account was the "historical truth." After it was published, the government asked the experts to stay on and help with the investigation. 

In the States, a Mississippi woman pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to trying to join Islamic State in Syria, 2-1/2 weeks after her husband entered the same plea.

Jaelyn Delshaun Young, 20, was arrested at a Mississippi airport in August 2015 while attempting to board a flight to Turkey with her husband, Muhammad Oda Dakhlalla, 23.

Young acknowledged her role as the "planner of the expedition" in an incriminating farewell letter, according to court documents filed by U.S. prosecutors.

Convictions for Islamic State-related activity by Americans have become more frequent in recent months as more than 80 such cases brought by U.S. prosecutors since 2013 work their way through federal courts.

Young's Twitter posts about her desire to join the militant group caught the attention of the FBI in May 2015, and an agent posing as an Islamic State recruiter began corresponding with her and Dakhlalla.

Meanwhile, the front pages in Ireland:

The Irish Independent lead their front page with the headline 'Boil water notices for 450,000 homes'. The newspaper reports that almost 250,000 households face the prospect of being hit with boil-water notices as Irish Water warns that more than half of its drinking water treatment plants are at risk of failure.

'Failed by the system' reads the front page of the Herald. The newspaper reports on yesterday's decision that there was 'insufficient evidence' to support a case against any individuals or company. It reads: 'Family's anger as no on to face charges over Berkeley disaster'. The Irish Times also leads with the latest from last year's tragedy, its front page reading: 'Berkeley families to fight on despite no charges'.

The Irish Daily Mail and the Irish Sun also feature the Berkeley decision on their front pages. 'Berkeley families: We will fight on for truth' reads the Mail, while the Sun leads with the simple words, 'No justice'.

The Irish Examiner leads with a support group's finding that a 'Loss of homes 'sparks suicide crisis''. The newspaper reads: 'Support group warns families are like 'time ticking bombs''.

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