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Sunday 19 November 2017

While you were sleeping: Stories you may have missed overnight

Joan Burton
Joan Burton

A series of explosions have rocked the Indonesian capital of Jakarta as Indonesian police shot dead four suspected militants who were part of a bomb and gun attack in the capital.

The area is being secured, a police spokesman said.

"We are sterilising the building from basement to top," Iqbal Kabid told reporters, explaining that a gunbattle between the attackers and police took place in a cinema that is in the same building as a Starbucks cafe that was attacked.

READ MORE: Jakarta bombs: At least seven dead in series of explosions and gun battles in Indonesia

An Irishman has been jailed for a year after pleading guilty in Texas to trafficking rhinoceros horns.

Patrick Sheridan was arrested in January 2015 in Holyhead, north Wales, after being charged in May 2014 in the city of Waco.

READ MORE: Irishman jailed for a year in US for trafficking rhinoceros horns

In LA, there's someone extremely happy with their lot this morning after winning the $1.5bn Powerball lottery.

The winning ticket was sold in an Los Angeles suburb, lottery chiefs have said.

READ MORE: Think our Lotto jackpot is big? Lucky LA punter scoops $1.5bn overnight

It could take several hours before officials know whether any winning tickets in the world's largest lottery prize were sold elsewhere. The winning numbers were 04, 08,19, 27 and 34 and the Powerball was 10.

The Irish Independent leads with apparent electioneering by the Labour Party who are promising €2-an-hour childcare to parents. The story says that struggling parents are being lured with the tempting offer with a State-subsidised scheme for children aged from 9 months to 12 years of age for 40 hours a week.


The Herald leads with the story of an Irish teenager's horror after finding that her social media profile pictures were hijacked for use on a porn site. Kate Kirwin (19) was shocked at seeing her photos - some of which dated from when she was 14 - on an explicit adult website.

The Irish Daily Star leads with the murder of Declan 'Fat Deccy' Smith. The story quotes a young mum who was standing just feet away from a Real IRA gangster when he was shot dead outside a creche.

READ MORE: Young mother weeps as she recalls how RIRA gangster ‘Fat Deccy’ was shot in face outside Dublin crèche

David Bowie has already been secretly cremated with any family or friends present, according to the Irish Daily Mirror. The paper says that the iconic rock singer, who died of cancer on Sunday aged 69, told loved ones, including his wife Iman, he did not want a funeral.

The Irish Times leads with an IBRC story with says that the Inquiry into the financial institution could be given High Court powers.
The Heads of Bill includes proposals that a special liquidator must co-operate. The story also says that the Taoiseach warns of heightened costs to taxpayers and risk of legal challenges.

The Irish Daily Mail's front page has what looks like an election poster by Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O'Conner under the headline 'This is Not an election poster'. The paper claims that candidates are using a loophole in the law to put up election-style posters in advance of the general election being called.

The Irish Sun leads with the  European Court ruling that bosses can snoop on private emails and other messages sent by staff. The EU-wide decision came after a man was fired for chatting to his fiancee and brother on a messenger service.

Finally, the Irish Examiner leads with the story that the EU Commission has warned the Government that a political budget would be a threat to Irish recovery.

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