Wednesday 13 December 2017

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The Monk Gerry Hutch
The Monk Gerry Hutch
Indian soldiers and locals remove debris from a damaged building after an earthquake in Imphal, capital of the northeastern Indian state of Manipur, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. A 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit India's remote northeast region before dawn on Monday. (AP Photo/Bullu Raj)
The Charlie Hebdo attacks
Charlie Hebdo was attacked by Islamic extremists in January

A powerful earthquake struck South Asia before dawn today, killing at least nine people and injuring nearly 200, with efforts to rescue those trapped in rubble hampered by severed power supplies and telecommunication links.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake of magnitude 6.8 was 57 km (35 miles) deep and struck 29 km (18 miles) west of Imphal, the capital of India's northeastern state of Manipur, bordering Myanmar.

READ MORE: At least nine dead after huge earthquake rocks South Asia

In Australia, the bodies of two small children and a man believed to be their father have been retrieved from a car that Australian police believe was driven off a wharf deliberately.

The estate car sank in deep waters in Port Lincoln and quickly sank in 100 feet of water.

READ MORE: Dad 'deliberately drives car off wharf', killing his two children

Witnesses reported seeing a car speeding down the wharf before it disappeared into the water, South Australia state police said.

Police divers found the bodies of the man and children inside the submerged car about six hours later.

Meanwhile, France is today gearing itself up to remember the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre this week.

Subdued ceremonies are to take place under heavy security to mark the attacks on the weekly and a kosher supermarket in which three gunmen killed 17 people - an event which proved to be a grim forerunner of the suicide bombings and shootings 10 months later in which 130 people were killed.

Charlie Hebdo, known for satirical covers lampooning Islam and other religions as well as politicians, lost many of its top editorial staff in the Jan. 7 attacks when Islamist militants opened fire on journalists inside the newsroom.

The three gunmen were themselves shot dead by security police during three days of violence which ended with a hostage-taking at a Jewish deli in which four hostages were also killed.

READ MORE: France marks one year anniversary of Charlie Hebdo slaughter

Closer to home, the fallout from Storm Frank's floods continues to make the front pages.

The Irish Independent leads with a striking picture of Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney wading through the flood waters in Co Clare as he saw first-hand the damage caused by the waters.


The Irish Independent also covers a pre-election story by Kevin Doyle that says the Labour Party is promising tax cuts for the wealthy. Those earning up to €120,000 are in line for a tax cut, while those above that can effectively look forward to a tax freeze.

The Herald has a picture of tragic mum-of-two Claire Hewitt, who was killed just yards from her home by a suspected drink driver. The mum was walking across the Hartstown Road in Clonsilla, Dublin with a friend when they were hit by a car.

The Irish Daily Star reports that Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch has survived an assassination attempt. The paper reports that the former criminal had a lucky escape on New Year's Eve when he left a bar just moments before two masked gunmen burst in. The paper said that the 51-year-old will be left "shaken" by the incident in a Lanzarote Irish bar.

The Irish Examiner reports that the new Master of the Rotunda Professor Fergal Malone has revealed witnessing the tragedy of parents with fatal foetal abnormalities having to "courier" their child's remains home . In a wide-ranging interview with the paper, the new Master has called for changes to laws on abortion.

The Irish Sun also reports on the death of mum of two Claire Hewitt who was killed by a suspected drink driver in Clonsilla.

The Irish Mirror reports that there are fears that the Star Wars films will not be shot on Skellig Michael. The filming on the island is reportedly worth a massive €4.4million to the economy but environment concerns means a return has reportedly has been ruled out.

The Irish Daily Mail also leads with an interview with Professor Fergal Malonbe, who has hit out at the fact that women are being forced to wait up to nine months for routine appointments that can potentially detect cancer.

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