Saturday 17 August 2019

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Today's front page of the Irish Independent
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Six stories you need to know

Three people have died in a police raid in Paris, according to reports. Police anti-terrorist officers are raiding an apartment in a Paris suburb today where several men suspected of Friday's deadly attacks are surrounded. The Paris police department said officers exchanged gunfire with the suspects in Saint Denis and several police were injured.

Read More: LIVE: Heavy gunfire and reports of police casualties as swat teams launch pre-dawn raids in northern Paris

Meanwhile, two Air France flights bound for Paris from the US have been diverted because of anonymous threats made after take-off. Air France said Air France Flight 65, from Los Angeles International Airport to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, was diverted to Salt Lake City International Airport after the plane had received a phone threat. At about the same time a second flight, Air France 55, took off from Dulles International Airport outside Washington and was diverted to Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada. Passengers got off both planes safely and were taken to terminals.

Read More: Air France US flights diverted after threats

Former New Zealand rugby union player Jonah Lomu has died at the age of 40. Lomu, who won 63 caps for the All Blacks, had suffered from health problems since his retirement from the game in 2002 due to a rare kidney disease. A tweet from New Zealand Rugby chief Steve Tew read: "We're all shocked and deeply saddened at the sudden death of Jonah Lomu."

Read More: All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu has died, aged 40 

Meanwhile, in Ireland, the Herald reports that a teenage boy has been hailed a hero after he was stabbed while trying to prevent a mugging. Patrick O'Sullivan (16), from Jobstown, needed life-saving surgery after he was stabbed in the lower abdomen by a man who then stole a woman's handbag.  The youngster was walking back to his grandparents' house in Jobstown at around 8.30pm on Friday when he heard a woman screaming.

Read More: Patrick (16) hailed a hero after he is stabbed while saving woman in mugging

Northern Ireland is to slash its corporation tax rate to 12.5pc in a move that will put the North in direct competition with the Republic for inward investment and jobs. Political leaders in Belfast have been handed the power to cut the rate of tax businesses pay on their profits from 2018. The deal surrounding corporation tax was secured as part of the Stormont House Agreement, which has brought an end to the long-running political impasse that pushed power-sharing to the brink.

Read More: Fight for jobs as North to slash corporation tax to match South

The Irish Independent features a front page photo of newlyweds Richard Dowling and Cormac Gollogly, who became the first same-sex couple to tie the knot in Ireland. The couple, already in a civil partnership, exchanged vows in a HSE community care hospital in Clonmel, Co Tipperary at 8.40am.

Read More: Same-sex marriage joy - but anguish for one couple over bureaucratic glitch 

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