Friday 20 July 2018

While you were sleeping - all the stories you may have missed

People dance at a street party hosted by director Spike Lee called
People dance at a street party hosted by director Spike Lee called "PRINCE We Love You Shockadelica Joint" to celebrate the life and music of deceased musician Prince in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly Newsdesk Newsdesk

'Nothing compared to him' is the lead picture story from the Irish Independent this morning - just one of the nationals reporting on the death of music legend Prince yesterday.

The paper also runs the story 'Get a water meter to slash your water bills' on its front page, reporting that families will be incentivised to get a meter to bring their water costs to zero under dramatic changes to water allowances.

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The Irish Daily Star lead with the same headline on their front page to convey the death of Prince with 'Nothing compared to him'. Global tributes have poured in for the iconic singer, who passed away at his US home at the age of 57.

'Purple reign is over' is the line taken by the irish Sun which reports that the icon died after a bout of 'severe flu'.

Read more: Prince 'was treated for drug overdose days before death' - report

Prince takes the front page picture slot on the Irish Examiner, which also runs as a lead the tale that 'McGregor 'not retired' despite row with UFC' - after speculation since the Irish featherweight sent a 'retirement' tweet.

Read more: McGregor to lose out on €9m as UFC stands by fight cancellation

The Herald leads with 'Kinahan headhunter' as the paper reports that the cartel is linked to a feared Dutch mob who left a severed head outside a cafe. The Irish gang is being closely monitored by international police due to their links with feuding criinals in Amsterdam.

Read more: Kinahan associates left man's head in bucket outside city cafe

In world news, the death toll from an explosion that ripped through a petrochemical plant on Mexico's southern Gulf coast has risen to 24, state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos has said.

Pemex raised the toll from the 13 fatalities previously known and said eight workers remained missing. It also said 19 people remained in hospital, with 13 in a serious condition.

And film-maker and long-time Prince collaborator Spike Lee helped lead the tributes to the Purple Rain singer with an impromptu street party in his New York borough.

Read more: Film-maker and long-time Prince collaborator Spike Lee holds Brooklyn street party for fans

Around 1,000 people turned up to celebrate the life and times of the Purple Rain singer after writer and director Lee sent out an invite for people to share their grief upon news of Prince's death on Thursday.

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