Monday 20 November 2017

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People stand outside a house damaged by the earthquake in Peshawar, Pakistan (AP)
People stand outside a house damaged by the earthquake in Peshawar, Pakistan (AP)

Rescue operations have intensified in Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan in rugged, earthquake-hit areas as the death toll rose to at least 270.

Yesterday's 7.5-magnitude quake was centred deep beneath the Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan's sparsely populated Badakhshan province, which borders Pakistan, Tajikistan and China.

Pakistani government official Amir Afaq said today that civil and military authorities had reached the remote, impoverished areas in the country's north-west to help the quake victims

READ MORE: Afghan quake rocks cities across South Asia

Meanwhile, Turkish police detained about 30 people on Tuesday in a raid against suspected Islamic State militants in the central city of Konya, Dogan News Agency reported.

The sweep comes a day after police launched a series of operations against Islamic State groups, including a raid on more than a dozen houses in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir.

In Beirut,  a Saudi prince has been held after the seizure of two tons of amphetamines at the airport

Prince Abdel Mohsen Bin Walid Bin Abdulaziz was held with four other men in what was described as the biggest ever drugs bust

They were allegedly "attempting to smuggle about two tons of Captagon pills and some cocaine", a security source was quoted as saying.

READ MORE: Saudi prince held after seizure of two tons of amphetamines at Beirut airport

In sports this morning, Liberian Football Association president Musa Bility, one of eight potential candidates for the FIFA presidency, says he presents the only credible option for the leadership of world football's governing body.

Bility said he had received the requisite five nominations, which had come from outside the west African region, in order to stand after nominations closed on Monday for the FIFA election, scheduled to take place in Zurich on Feb. 26 to replace outgoing head Sepp Blatter.


The front page of the Irish Independent is dominated by a photograph of a group of some runners in yesterday's Dublin City Marathon.

However, the lead story in the paper says that Environment Minister Alan Kelly turned down a Budget deal which would have benefited lower-income families who are renting because it did not contain a rent freeze.

The lead story in the Herald concerns the case of Elizabeth Clarke. The 25-year-old hasn't been seen since November 2013 and her family fear she has been murdered after she vanished without a trace two years ago.

The Examiner leads with the story that councils will be granted the powers to deal with problem tenants. Over 4,000 complaints of anti-social behaviour were made last year and councils are now prepared to enact new powers.

The Irish Times reports that Sinn Fein agrees to a left wing voting pact in the general election, to be held early next year. According to the paper, Sinn Fein will sign up to broad policy principles of those in the anti-water charges movement.

The Star reports that there may be a breakthrough in the case of Baiba Saulite, the young mum-of-two who was gunned down outside her home in Swords, north county Dublin, almost a decade ago.

The Irish Daily Mail reports that the gardai is heading crisis point. Over 2,200 officers have left the force in the last five and a half years and retirements are to rise as freeze in recruitment from 2010 to 2013 hits.

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