Monday 21 May 2018

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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX) greets supporters at a campaign event at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Terre Haute, Indiana April 24, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX) greets supporters at a campaign event at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Terre Haute, Indiana April 24, 2016

Donald Trump's Republican rivals have announced shock plans to co-ordinate primary strategies in upcoming states to deprive the front-runner of the delegates he needs to win the party nomination.

In an extraordinary move, Ted Cruz and John Kasich issued near-simultaneous statements outlining an agreement that may be unprecedented in modern American politics.

The Kasich campaign will give Mr Cruz "a clear path in Indiana". In return, the Cruz campaign will "clear the path" for Mr Kasich in Oregon and New Mexico.

"Having Donald Trump at the top of the ticket in November would be a sure disaster for Republicans," Mr Cruz's campaign manager Jeff Roe said in a statement explaining the new plans.

"Not only would Trump get blown out by Clinton or Sanders, but having him as our nominee would set the party back a generation."

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A crash on a French motorway which killed a British father and two of his children may have been caused by him falling asleep or being distracted, investigators have said.

The driver's wife and their youngest child were flown to hospital following the crash which happened after 7am on Sunday on the A39 in Beaurepaire-en-Bresse between Lyon and Dijon. The youngster was thought to be seriously injured.

The driver has been named locally as John Crompton, 31, from Hartlepool, and tributes have been paid to the family man.

On Sunday Colin Harrison posted on a Facbeook group called Hartlepool Billiards and Snooker of which Mr Crompton is a member.

He said: "Heartbreaking news about one of the leagues top players.

Prince appeared "pale" and "weak" during one of his last public appearances, it has been claimed, amid reports the music superstar stayed awake for 154 hours before his death.

Employees at Electric Fetus record shop in Minneapolis said the musician did not look "in the best shape" when he visited the store five days before he was found at his Paisley Park estate.

Prince's brother-in-law Maurice Phillips reportedly claimed the singer had worked for six days without sleep when friends and family held a private service at the compound on Saturday.

Mr Phillips, who is married to Prince's sister Tyka Nelson, is said to have told fans outside Paisley Park: "He worked 154 hours straight. I was with him just last weekend. He was a good brother-in-law."

Max Timander, who works at Electric Fetus, said Prince visited a day after the Purple Rain star was rushed to hospital when his plane made an emergency landing in Atlanta, Georgia. Celebrity news website TMZ reported that he had overdosed on a painkiller called Percocet at the time.

Read More: Prince hadn't slept in 154 hours before death reveals brother-in-law

In the papers this morning, the Irish Independent reports that parents are less likely to leave large inheritances for their children in the future as they use their assets to fund heaklthcare in their old age

Read More: Days of generous inheritance over as parents need to fund old age


The Herald leads with a crime story under the headline: Beauty and the beat.

The story reveals how two criminals in opposite sides of teh deadly Hutch-Kinahan feud are business partners in a Dublin beauty salon.

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The Star also leads with a crime story about associates of the Kinahan crime cartel.
The story reveals that CCTV footage shows the moment that associates of the cartel left a man's severed head outside a busy cafe in Amsterdam.

The  Sun land The Iriish Daily Mirror both lead with the story of Joshua Molloy, the Irishman arrested in Iraq after fighting ISIS is set to return home after his release from jail.

Read More: Irishman jailed in Iraq after Isis battle 'will probably never go back to the Middle East' - relieved dad

The Irish Daily Mail reveals that gardai are demanding more armed officers and Taser weapons for the 'era of rising violent crime'. Gardai have also said it is time to question whether the force as a whole should remain unarmed.

The Irish Examiner also leads with a gardai story - which reveals that rank and file officers are set to demand the retoration of 22pc of pay lost since the recession and the end to a two tier pay system which saw new entrants to the force hit with even more swingeing cuts to wages and allowances.

Finally, the Irish Times reports that Fine Gael is willing to offer Fianna Fail the suspension of water charges. Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny is said to have offered Fianna Fail a temporary halt to charges to end the deadlock.

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