Tuesday 20 August 2019

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Director Quentin Tarantino at the New York rally to protest against police brutality (AP)
Director Quentin Tarantino at the New York rally to protest against police brutality (AP)
Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp at an event two weeks before he shot and killed her
A picture of Canary Wharf from the skies this morning.

South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius, freed on parole last month after serving a fifth of his prison term for killing his girlfriend, faces years more in jail if state lawyers can get his conviction scaled up to murder from culpable homicide.

Prosecutors will argue before the Supreme Court that a high court judge was wrong to let Pistorius off the more serious charge after he fired four shots through a door on Valentine's Day 2013, killing Reeva Steenkamp.

The 28-year-old track star will not be present at the one-day hearing in Bloemfontein, 400 km (250 miles) southwest of Johannesburg, his lawyer Barry Roux told Reuters.

Read More: Oscar Pistorius could now face murder conviction for death of Reeva Steenkamp

Disruption for travellers has continued for a third day as flights have been cancelled and delayed at airports coping with the backlog caused by thick fog.

Heathrow and Gatwick airports warned flights could again be affected with departures delayed and cancelled overnight because of air traffic restrictions.

Forecasters had predicted the fog would remain in northern and eastern areas of England and Wales into Tuesday morning but the Met Office has now removed its yellow weather warnings.

READ MORE: Fog to disrupt flights from London for the third day

US president Barack Obama has said America will not put its troops on the front line in Syria to fight the Islamic State group (IS), despite his decision to deploy special forces on the ground.

In his first comments since the deployment was announced, Mr Obama said it was merely an extension of what the US was already doing, noting that the US had run special operations missions in Syria previously.

Calls by police groups to boycott Quentin Tarantino's latest film are putting pressure on one of next month's most anticipated releases and plunging one of Hollywood's top directors into a pitched cultural battle.

Director Quentin Tarantino at the New York rally to protest against police brutality (AP)

A growing number of police groups have called for the boycott of upcoming Weinstein release The Hateful Eight, after remarks the director made during a New York rally against police brutality.

Police bodies in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles called for the boycott and now the National Association of Police Organisations has joined the ranks opposing Tarantino.

On the front pages of the Irish newspapers this morning, the Irish Independent leads with the story that landlords will find it harder to raise rents and evict tenants undernew mpves aimed at ending the Coalition row over housing.

The Herald has the shocking images of the moment that a young thug tries to set fire to a sleeping homless couple on a city street


The Examiner leads with a story that mortgage rates may be halved under an EU loan plan.

The Irish Daily Mirror leads with the story of Flight 9268 and says it could have been blown-up in a Lockerbie-style attack.

The Irish Sun leads with a radical plan from Drugs Minister Aodhan O Riordain, who said Ireland should decriminalise cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis.

The Irish Daily Star runs with the story that the main suspect in the murder of Lorcan O'Reilly has been rushed abroad. The teenager fear that the teenager, who is a suspect in the murder, has been smuggled to Spain.

The Irish Times leads with the news that the Central Bank is accused on property crash. The report says that Frank Browne, who had responsibility for financial stability at the Central Bank from 2003 to 2010, told that inquiry that warnings issued by his team as far back as 2004 were ignored by the bank's senior management.

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