Thursday 22 February 2018

While you were sleeping: Stories you may have missed overnight

Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Little Rock, Arkansas February 3, 2016
Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Little Rock, Arkansas February 3, 2016
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Donald Trump is at it again.

The Republican Presidential hopeful who lost out in the Iowa caucuses has accused rival Ted Cruz of fraud.

In attacks posted on his official Twitter account yesterday, Mr Trump said "either a new election should take place or Cruz results nullified" in Monday's Iowa contest. The billionaire businessman was placed second behind the conservative Texas senator.

A previous Trump tweet accused the Cruz campaign of telling Iowa voters that Ben Carson was quitting the race so he could steal Mr Carson's votes.

Meanwhile, Rand Paul who has bowed out of the race said he will now turn his full attention to his Senate re-election campaign in Kentucky.

READ MORE: Trump accuses Cruz of fraud in Iowa victory

Lord Lucan hired a hitman to kill his wife but the assassin murdered their nanny instead, according to her son.

The Earl, who disappeared after nanny Sandra Rivett was found murdered at his home in London on November 7 1974, was used to having jobs done for him and therefore probably recruited an assassin, Neil Berriman said.

READ MORE: 'Lord Lucan hired a hitman to kill his wife but assassin murdered their nanny instead', claims her son

Some theorists claim Lord Lucan accidentally murdered the nanny as he went to kill his wife, with whom he was locked in custody battle over their three children.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he took refuge in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, and accept arrest on Friday if a UN panel investigating his case rules against him, he said in a statement.

Assange, 44, is wanted in Sweden for questioning over allegations of rape in 2010 which the Australian denies.

READ MORE Julian Assange says he will hand himself in on Friday if UN panel rules against him

"Should the U.N. announce tomorrow that I have lost my case against the United Kingdom and Sweden, I shall exit the embassy at noon on Friday to accept arrest by British police as there is no meaningful prospect of further appeal," Assange said in the statement posted on the Wikileaks Twitter account.

Closer to home, election fever has taken over the papers.

The Irish Independent leads with a picture of Enda Kenny and Joan Burton, under the headline@: 'Kenny blames voters for refusal to explain holes in FG promises'.


The story reveals that the Taoiseach has landed the first major gaffe of the election campaign by refusing to explain how Fine Gael would fund itself election promises.

The Herald leads with a new angle on the Kenneth O'Brien murder case, whose body was laid to rest yesterday at a moving ceremony in Ballyfermot. The paper reveals that a notorious Dublin thug - Mark 'Guinea Pig' Desmond - held a secret meeting with suspects in the gruesome canal murder case.

The Irish Daily Mirror leads with a picture of Taoiseach Enda Kenny as the Terminator under the headline, 'I'll be back'. The story says that the "Taoiseach became the Terminator as he named Friday, February 26, as polling day."

The Irish Sun also leads with an election story as it reveals that retiring TDs will walk away with more than €2m in golden handshakes.

The Irish Daily Star leads with a picture of Garda Sharon Casserly, who was badly hurt in the Co Galway crash that claimed elderly man's life at the start of the week.

The young garda was in a coma but she has thankfully regained consciousness.

The Irish Daily Mail also leads with an election story. Former Fianna Fail Justice Minister Dermot Ahern says that Fianna Fail and Fine Gael must work together in the next Government.

The Irish Times leads with the first opinion of the general election campaign. The paper states that the election has brought disappointing news for teh Coalition with Fine Gael losing ground and  Labour remaining static.

Finally, like most of the papers, the Irish Examiner leads with election fare, as it reveals that Fine Gael will roll back on its proposal for rainy day cash.

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