Monday 22 January 2018

While you were sleeping - here's what happened overnight

Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama before their meeting at the United Nations headquarters (AP)
Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama before their meeting at the United Nations headquarters (AP)
Paul Walker
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Here's what happened overnight - and the top stories from today's newspapers.

In world news, Russia and the US have disagreed sharply over the chaos in Syria, with Barack Obama urging a political transition to replace its president but Vladimir Putin warning it would be a mistake to abandon Bashar Assad.

Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama before their meeting at the United Nations headquarters (AP)
Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama before their meeting at the United Nations headquarters (AP)

After both speaking at the United Nations General Assembly, Mr Obama and Mr Putin also met privately for 90 minutes - their first face-to-face encounter in nearly a year.

At the heart of their dispute over Syria is the fate of Assad, the embattled Syrian leader who is a Russian ally.

Paul Walker
Paul Walker

Read more here: Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin clash over the carnage in Syria 

The teenage daughter of late actor Paul Walker, who died in the fiery crash of a Porsche sports car in California two years ago, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the car company in Los Angeles on Monday, court records show.

Meadow and Paul Walker
Meadow and Paul Walker

Meadow Walker claimed in the complaint that the automaker skimped on safety features for the vehicle, which could have either prevented the crash entirely or at least kept Walker alive.

'Fast and Furious' star Paul Walker was a passenger in the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT driven by Roger Rodas, who lost control of the vehicle before it careened into trees and a utility pole in Santa Clarita, northwest of Los Angeles, killing both men in November 2013.

 The suit said Porsche AG knew the car model had a "history of instability and control issues" and added that the seat belts were designed such that in a crash, the shoulder belt anchor would be pulled along with the rear engine compartment while the seat anchor would remain in place.

"This snapped Walker's torso back with thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis, flattening his seat and trapping him in a supine position, where he remained alive until the vehicle erupted into flames one minute and twenty seconds later," the filing said.

Separately, an Aer Lingus plane had to make an emergency landing at JFK airport in New York overnight.

Aer Lingus
Aer Lingus

The Shannon-bound plane turned back to JFK just 15 minutes after take-off after it reported a number of technical problems.

The plane made an emergency landing at the airport - as is routine in such cases - and passengers were bussed back to the terminal. The plane landed at 7.15pm local time.

Nobody was injured during the incident.

Audio has emerged of the Aer Lingus pilot informing Air Traffic Control at JFK that they have lost hydraulic fluid and were making a return to JFK

Read more here: Aer Lingus pilot tells JFK Air Control: 'We have hydraulic fluid and have to return to JFK'

In Business news, it has emerged this morning that NAMA has sold loans tied to Dundrum Town Centre and other properties for nearly €2bn.

In Nama's biggest single transaction to date, UK property firm Hammerson and Germany's Allianz Real Estate will pay €1.85bn for the loan portfolio known as Project Jewel.

Mr Martin Mulligan (53) who was found dead near his taxi car in the early hours of this morning
Mr Martin Mulligan (53) who was found dead near his taxi car in the early hours of this morning
28/09/15 Gardai at the scene this morning where the body of a man with stab wounds was discovered in the early hours of this morning on a roadside near Kilcurry, Dundalk Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Gardai at the scene this morning where the body of a man with stab wounds was discovered in the early hours of this morning on a roadside near Kilcurry, Dundalk Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

The portfolio includes loans secured against Dundrum Town Centre, as well as 50pc stakes in the Ilac Centre and Pavilions Centre in Dublin.

Read more here: Dundrum Town Centre, Ilac Centre and Pavilions loans to be sold in biggest Nama deal ever 

The murder of taxi driver Martin Mulligan (53) in Dundalk makes the front pages of most of the papers today.

A Nasa image of Mars, showing dark, narrow, 100m-long streaks believed to have been formed by contemporary flowing water. Scientists are convinced that flowing liquid water is almost certainly responsible for the marks.
A Nasa image of Mars, showing dark, narrow, 100m-long streaks believed to have been formed by contemporary flowing water. Scientists are convinced that flowing liquid water is almost certainly responsible for the marks.

The married father-of-two was stabbed to death in the early hours of Monday morning. It's understood Mr Mulligan sustained a number of injuries to his stomach and leg.

Sources have told the Herald it's believed the victim may have given chase to a passenger who attempted to evade a fare when the incident happened.

Mr Mulligan's murder also features on the front pages of today's 'Irish Daily Star' and 'Irish Sun'.

Rotunda Hospital
Rotunda Hospital
An artist’s impression of a Metro North station

Mr Mulligan's grief-stricken family have paid tribute to the "hardworking" father and asked anyone with information to "please let us know".

'Life on Mars?' is one of the headlines in today's 'Irish Independent'. Yesterday, NASA scientists said 100 metre streaks on the planet's surface were caused by flowing streams of salty water. Researchers believe this water flows down Martian slopes during the summer.

The Government's 'Building for Recovery' plan also features on the front page of the newspaper.

The paper reports that the final bottleneck on the road connecting the three biggest cities in the country "will be eradicated"in the Government's new Capital Investment plane, with an upgrade of the N7 Naas dual carriageway.

The €27bn programme will also see the Rotunda Hospital moved to West Dublin.

The homelessness problem will be tackled through €600m pumped into social housing, the Government promised.

Health Minister Leo Varadkar
Health Minister Leo Varadkar

A scaled-down version of Metro North from St Stephen's Green to Dublin Airport and Swords via Drumcondra and Ballymun has also been promised.

The plan also promises to create 45,000 jobs.

Elsewhere, Health Minister Leo Varadkar has warned high level public servants will "have to be sacked" if the trolley crisis in hospitals can not be fixed.

According to today's 'Irish Times', the minister issued the stern warning in a "candid internal email" sent three weeks ago.

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