Friday 23 March 2018

While you were sleeping: Stories you may have missed overnight

Tánaiste Joan Burton. Photo: Mark Condren
Tánaiste Joan Burton. Photo: Mark Condren

Terror group Isil has set up secret training camps across Europe to prepare fighters to carry out “special forces style” attacks in the UK or other EU countries, Europol has warned.

The international police agency said apart from bases in Syria, the barbaric organisation had “smaller scale training camps in the EU and Balkan countries”.

They would include survival training and sports activities to help jihadists prepare for “combat and interrogation resistance”.

And Islamic State in Iraq and Levant could look to recruit refugees who have fled to Europe to launch terror attacks in the countries that have given them shelter, the agency said.

Europol refused to say in which countries the camps were suspected to have been set up but security and police sources last night said they were not aware of any in the UK.

READ MORE: Islamic State setting up terror training camps in Europe, police agency warns

Russian president Vladimir Putin has criticised Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin for placing a "time bomb" under the state, and denounced brutal repressions by the Bolshevik government.

The harsh criticism of Lenin, who is still revered by communists and many others in Russia, is unusual for Mr Putin, who in the past carefully weighed his comments about the nation's history to avoid alienating some voters.

Mr Putin's assessment of Lenin's role in Russian history during a meeting with pro-Kremlin activists in the southern city of Stavropol was markedly more negative than in the past.

He denounced Lenin and his government for brutally murdering Russia's last tsar along with all his family and servants, killing thousands of priests and placing a "time bomb" under the Russian state by drawing administrative borders along ethnic lines.

The founder of a world-famous hot yoga method has been ordered to pay more than $924,500 to a lawyer who said she was sacked for investigating sexual harassment claims against the guru.

A Los Angeles jury ordered Bikram Choudhury to pay Minakshi Jafa-Bodden $924,500 in compensatory damages after finding he had subjected her to harassment and retaliation.

READ MORE: Bikram yoga founder ordered to pay almost $1m against lawyer probing sexual harassment claims

The jury is now considering whether to award Ms Jafa-Bodden punitive damages.

Choudhury's lawyer Robert Tafoya did not return a call for comment.

The Irish Independent leads with an election as story with the headline 'Kelly firmly rules out Lowry support as Burton flounders'. The story, by Kevin Doyle and Barry Duggan, reveals that the Labour Party deputy leader Alan Kelly has categorically ruled out a coalition involving his party being propped by Independent TD Michael Lowry.

READ MORE: 'To be categorical, Labour would never work with Lowry'


The Environment Minister's stance is in stark contrast with Tánaiste Joan Burton, who has repeatedly failed to rule out striking a deal with Mr Lowry.

The Herald leads with the story of Kieron 'The Wolf' Ducie who is being investigated by gardai after he allegedly fled the scene of a car accident which left a model in hospital.

Emily Jane Stewart (23) - a former partner of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch's nephew, ALan Hutch - is recovering from back injuries she received during the incident.

The Irish Times leads with a story on hospital waiting lists.  The story reveals that waits for minor operations and scans are among longest in 35 countries surveyed.

The survey also reveals that lower-income countries like Macedonia, Croatia and Slovenia all rank ahead of Ireland.

The Star leads with the latest developments in the Kenneth O'Brien murder case and says a power saw was found in the canal near to where the body of the Dublin man was located.

The Sun also leads with the developments in the Kenneth O'Brien case and reveals that a leg was found in bags yesterday. The DNA tests on the body parts located are expected later on today.

The Irish Daily Mirror reports that Labour has made a €10bn election promise to the electorate if they are returned to power.

Tax cuts and more spending are promised if the party are returned to power.

The Irish Daily Mail reports that burglars are using drones to spy on potential targets in rural Ireland. Residents in Littleton, North Tipperary have described how  they have witnessed devices passing over their homes in the dark on consecutive nights.

Finally, the Irish Examiner leads with an election story and reveals that Fine Gael TDs have spoken out strongly against the party doing a post-election deal with Indpendent TD Michael Lowry in order to form a government.

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