Saturday 20 January 2018

While you were sleeping: Stories you may have missed overnight

New video released by Islamic State shows the extremists who carried out the terror attacks in Paris committing atrocities in IS-controlled territory while plotting the slaughter in the French capital that left 130 people dead.

The 17-minute video shows the extent of the planning that went into the multiple attacks in Paris, which French authorities have said from the beginning were organised in Syria.

The video was provided online by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi websites, and in it IS - also known as Daesh - also threatens to attack Britain.

READ MORE: Isil threatens UK in new beheading video featuring Paris attackers

US president Barack Obama says he would not run for a third term even if he could.

READ MORE: Barack Obama: I wouldn't run for a third term as US President even if I could

He says the presidency takes a toll on family life, and the office "should be continually renewed by new energy and new ideas".

Mr Obama says in an interview airing on CBS he is not yearning for a third term is because he is confident that things are lot better in the United States than when he came into office.

Mr Obama says the thing that makes him happiest about his presidency ending next January is a chance to get out of what he calls the "the bubble."

Read for a cuteness overload?  The image of a tiny sloth, stuck on the central reservation of a motorway and clinging to the crash barrier for dear life, has tugged heartstrings around the world.

It was spotted in the city of Quevedo, Ecuador, after becoming trapped by traffic passing on either side at high speed.

Pictures of the forlorn animal were posted on Facebook by the Ecuadorian transport commission after it launched a rescue operation.

READ MORE: Lost sloth found clinging to motorway crash barrier

The Irish Independent leads with an election story this morning. Under the headline 'Lowry's Return:  the price Kenny will pay for power', it is revealed that Taoiseach Enda Kenny has left the door wide open for his old friend, disgraced former minister Michael Lowry, to support a minority Fine Gael government.


The Herald leads with a shocking story of children as young as 9 are taking cocaine in Dublin. A drugs worker has made the shocking warning and said she has heard from children that they first started using at such a young age.

Gemma Collins is the manager at the Crinan Youth Project in the north inner city, which provides day services to drug users. Ms Collins said that a young person she encountered in her work had first used heroin when they were only 11.

The Irish Times also leads with an election story, stating that Fine Gael favours public spending over tax cuts. The lead story also reveals that the party will commit to using resources and infrastructure if they win re-election.

The Taoiseach has also defended Michael Noonan's plan to abolish USC, which would cost €4bn.

The Star reports that more parts of a body - believed to be that of Mr Kenneth O'Brien's - have been located as part of the probe into his murder. The grisly find was made at the Grand Canal near Sallins, eight days after 33-year-old's Mr O'Brien's torso was found stuffed into a suitcase.

The Irish Daily Mirror leads with the story of 'Ireland's luckiest shop sells €13.8m ticket. The paper reveals that it is the store's fifth big money winner as search begins to find mystery punter.

Twink's home break-in makes the front page of the Irish Sun.

The entertainer has revealed that "everything I own and love" was taken when burglars raided her home  over the weekend.

The Irish Daily Mail also leads with a lottery story, as it states Co Mayo's shop Careys appears to be the luckiest family in the Lotto history - with just three members of the clan selling winning lottery tickets totalling some €33million.

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