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Tuesday 20 March 2018

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny has slapped down the scandal-ridden garda watchdog for snooping on the phone records of journalists. The stinging rebuke puts huge pressure on the board of the embattled Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC). The watchdog is now embroiled in its third scandal in the space of just two years, the Irish Independent reports.

Read More: Scandal-ridden GSOC slapped down by Kenny 

Meanwhile, the Herald reports that gardaí are investigating whether a man whose headless corpse was discovered in the Grand Canal was violently attacked at a house party on Thursday night. The body of a male, believed to be of either eastern European or Irish origin, was found wrapped in plastic in a suitcase near Ardclough Bridge, Co Kildare, shortly after 3.30pm on Saturday.

Read More: Headless victim in suitcase may have been killed at party that 'got out of control' 

The Irish Times reports that state-owned bank AIB is offering German savers a better interest rate - three times more than what is offered to Irish customers. The Irish bank has joined 11 other European banks targeting the pan-European deposit market, leading to its new offer to German savers. AIB is offering 12-month fixed-term deposits through SavingsGlobal  at a rate of 1.4pc.

The world's oldest man has died in Japan at the age of 112, two months short of his 113th birthday. Yasutaro Koide was born on March 13, 1903, and said his secret for a long life was not to overdo it, or drink or smoke.

Read More: The world's oldest man dies in Japan aged 112

China's economic growth edged down to 6.8% in the final quarter of 2015 as trade and consumer spending weakened, dragging full-year growth to its lowest in 25 years. Growth has fallen steadily over the past five years as the ruling Communist Party tries to steer away from a worn-out model based on investment and trade toward self-sustaining growth driven by domestic consumption and services. But the unexpectedly sharp decline over the past two years prompted fears of a politically dangerous spike in job losses.

Read More: China's economy growing at slowest rate since 1990

Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey, who with Don Henley became one of history's most successful songwriting teams with such hits as Hotel California and Life In The Fast Lane, has died. Frey, 67, died of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia on Monday in New York, after fighting the ailments for several weeks. "Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community & millions of fans worldwide," a statement on the band's website said.

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