Thursday 19 April 2018

While you were sleeping - The stories you missed overnight and today's headlines newsdesk

We take a look at the main stories from overnight and what it says in today’s papers.

Fresh information about the tragic death of pop star Prince exactly one week ago has emerged this morning. Reports in the US are claiming that Prince died of AIDS.

The National Enquirer now claims that Prince contracted HIV "in the 1990s" and was allegedly 'diagnosed with AIDS six months ago'.

In Turkey authorities have detained twelve people over a suicide bomb attack in the northwestern city of Bursa that wounded eight, broadcaster NTV said this morning.

And the US election took an unusual twist overnight when pornstars and producers formed a political action committee, or PAC, to fight a ballot initiative to require the use of condoms when shooting explicit sex scenes.

The move by an industry association representing California's busy pornographers - a $4 billion industry in California whose loss could cost the state tens of millions in tax revenues and up to 20,000 jobs - is the latest chapter in a years-long skirmish with public health advocates over how best to prevent sexually transmitted disease among performers of pornography.

The Irish Independent leads with the headline: 'Leaving Cert pupils losing gamble on maths bonus points'. Katherine Donnelly reports that students are losing out on college places by failing the exam.

A number of concerns are raised in the first detailed reports of student performance in State exams, since the introduction of both the 25 CAO bonus points and the new Project Maths syllabus.

The ongoing Kinahan and Hutch feud shows no sign of slowing down and The Herald goes with 'Hutch's Hotel Hideouts'. The paper says Hutch gang member Ross Hutch is booking himself into hotels under "bizarre false foreign names" in a bid to stay one step ahead of the rival Kinahans.

The Irish Daily Star also leads with the gangland warfare under the headline 'Feud Cops' Overtime Slashed'. It says special units were given the news of the cuts just hours before two men were killed on Monday night.

The Irish Sun has reports of the ongoing trial of David Mahon who is accused of killing his stepson Dean Fitzpatrick. The Independent and the Herald carry the same story.

The Irish Daily Mail , Irish Times and Irish Examiner all carry reports on the latest developments on what the Mail has dubbed 'The Great Water Fiasco'.

The Times says Fianna Fáil is set to support Fine Gael for three budgets.

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