Saturday 26 May 2018

While you were sleeping - catch up on the stories you missed overnight

Singer Natalie Cole performs at
Singer Natalie Cole performs at "An Evening of SeriousFun Celebrating the Legacy of Paul Newman," at Avery Fisher Hall, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) newsdesk

The death of music legend David Bowie dominates the nationals this morning.

The Irish Independent feature a 3/4 length photo of the late musician on their front page advertising a souvenir pullout of the much-loved and admired man.

'Shape-shifter whose genius defined the spirit of the age' is one of the leads from the Irish Times, reporting that Bowie "was the most elegant, most elusive and most fiercely imaginative of all rock stars".

The Examiner take a quote from the late star's last album Blackstar which was released on his birthday last Friday. 'Look up here, I'm in heaven' is the headline taken from lead single 'Lazarus'.

The Irish Daily Star, the Irish Daily Mirror, the Irish Sun and the Irish Daily Mail all feature tribute pullouts following the death of the 'starman'.

In other news, the Irish Independent leads with 'Flood insurance doubt for homes 500m from water' as insurance companies are now scrutinising applications for cover for homes and businesses up to half a kilometre from water.

'FG in election mode as Kenny decides date' is a front page story from the Irish Times as the countdown has begun to the general election.

The Herald runs with 'New threat to murder Mansfield' as its front page lead as the businessman Jim Mansfield Jnr has been wanred that his life is in danger for a second time in less than a year.

In world news, the first trucks from Damascus containing food and other aid for the besieged Syrian town of Madaya have arrived, Red Cross officials say.

Medecins Sans Frontieres said that 28 people had died of starvation in the town since December 1. At least five are thought to have died over last weekend alone.

Former banker David Drumm has failed in a second bid to be released on bail pending the outcome of proceedings to extradite him from the US to face fraud and false accounting charges.

However, a judge has signalled there will be a review of his security in prison after his lawyers argued he was being held in "intolerable and inhumane" conditions that have impacted his ability to confer with his legal team and subjected him to "safety risks".

Meanwhile, Rupert Murdoch and Mick Jagger's ex Jerry Hall have shared their wedding news in newspaper advert.

The media mogul, 84, and the 59-year-old model placed an advert in the Births, Marriages and Deaths section of the Times newspaper, which is owned by Mr Murdoch's News Corporation.

Mourners have remembered Natalie Cole as a loyal friend, "the best and bossiest big sister" and a worthy successor to the singer-songwriter's famous father's legacy, at a joyous, music-filled funeral in Los Angeles.

The nearly three-hour service at West Angeles Church of God in Christ was filled with affection for the daughter of crooner Nat King Cole who carved out her own Grammy Award-winning legacy during a 40-year career.

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