Thursday 19 April 2018

While you were sleeping – the stories you missed overnight

Flooding in the Strand Area of Athlone
Flooding in the Strand Area of Athlone

The Irish Independent leads with 'Facing the worst' as communities battling flood waters will be placed on another alert later today as a new Atlantic atorm could bring another 100mm of rainfall to many parts of the country.

'West braced for more flood destruction' writes the Irish Times as river levels continue to rise while the Irish Examiner run with 'Flood-hit firms to receive €5m aid within days'.

Read more: New rainfall alert due as 100mm expected - with snow in places

A postcard from state assemblywoman Michele Fiore also features on the front page of the Irish Examiner. The picture shows the Nevada woman's family posing as part of a festive scene, all holding guns.

'€60k fake cash van raider' is the front page story from the Herald who report on the moment a brazen thief calmly walks out of a Dublin business with €60,000 in stolen cash after a gang used a fake G4S security van to dupe staff at the cash-and-carry.

Read more: Moment brazen thief in fake security uniform calmly walks out of business with €60k stolen cash

Front page stories from the Irish Sun and the Irish Daily Mirror also cover the weather story with the headlines 'Apoocalypse now' and 'Dirty old town' respectively. These two papers also feature the engagement of Rory McIlroy to his girlfriend Erica Stoll.

Meanwhile, the Irish Daily Mail run with 'Patient refuses to see a Muslim doctor' as an elderly patient refused to be treated by two doctors at Tallaght Hospital in Dublin.

Read more: 'I don't want to be treated by someone in a hijab' - Patient refuses care from two Muslim doctors

In world news, the US government appears not to have picked up on extremist messages exchanged during the online courtship of the married couple accused in the San Bernardino shooting.   

Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, discussed martyrdom and jihad online as early as 2013, according to closed-door briefings to Congress provided by federal officials.

But the couple never surfaced on law enforcement's radar and Malik was able to enter the US on a fiancee visa last year despite having professed radical views online, raising concerns among politicians about whether any red flags were missed in the last two years.

Also, an online petition to ban US presidential hopeful Donald Trump, which has become the most popular ever on the Government's website, has passed the half a million mark.

The number of people signing the petition, which was set up almost two weeks ago, soared in recent days following calls by the property tycoon and reality TV star for Muslims to be barred from entering the US and his claim that parts of London were so "radicalised" that police feared for their lives.

Read more: E-petition to ban Donald Trump from UK passes 500,000 signatures

In shocking news, Honduran national team footballer has been shot dead in a shopping mall car park in his hometown of La Ceiba on the country's Caribbean coast.

Arnold Peralta, who used to play for Scottish team Rangers FC, was killed outside the Uniplaza mall.

Read more: Ex-Rangers midfielder Arnold Peralta shot dead in Honduras

And Chinese conglomerate Fosun International has suspended trading of its shares following a news report that its chairman, one of China's most prominent business leaders, is missing.

Employees were unable to contact Guo Guangchang beginning at midday on Thursday, the magazine Caixin said on its website.

Read more: Chinese business leader goes missing prompting pharma firm Fosun to suspend trading

It cited what it said were messages on social media that Mr Guo was last seen with police at an airport in Shanghai.

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