Thursday 22 August 2019

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The front page of today's Irish Independent
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The party of Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi accused the government election panel of intentionally delaying results that appear to show it winning a massive majority.

The surprising claim by the National League for Democracy adds an uncertain twist to what has so far been an amicable election, where the ruling party appeared to be taking its expected loss gracefully.

"The Union Election Commission has been delaying intentionally because maybe they want to play a trick or something," NLD spokesman Win Htien told reporters at Ms Suu Kyi's house after a party meeting.

"It doesn't make sense that they are releasing the result little piece by piece. It shouldn't be like that."

In the United States, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday that Louisiana can try the last of the so-called "Angola Three" inmates a third time for the 1972 murder of a prison guard and keep him in jail.

The 2-1 decision by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reverses a June lower court ruling. Albert Woodfox is the last of three black inmates who gained notoriety for their long stays in isolation at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola.

And, the latest in the Volkswagen scandal, sees Volkswagen AG take new steps to appease U.S. customers and German union leaders unhappy with the company's response to a sweeping emissions cheating scandal that claimed another high-profile executive.

Volkswagen is offering a $1,000 credit, of which half is to be spent at VW and Audi dealerships, to U.S. owners of certain diesel models that do not comply with government emissions standards, VW's U.S. subsidiary said.

On the front pages back at home, the Irish Independent leads with the headline 'Curbs on landlords who evict to sell up'. The newspaper reveals that landlords who try to evict tenants by claiming they are selling their properties will have to provide written proof of the sale or face fines of €4,000.

'My five-day hospital hell' reads the front page of the Herald. The story features a brave Dublin grandmother battling cancer of the liver, bowel and lungs who had to wait five days in Tallaght hospital to get onto the proper ward for treatment. Carol Wright (54) and her family said they are 'hitting a brick wall' when it came to getting the specialist care she needs.

The Irish Examiner leads with 'Judge knew in August of risks to probe'. The newspaper reports that ex-IBRC boss Dukes told judge of obstacles that may derail the inquiry.

The Irish Daily Mirror leads with a headline that will get the majority of TV fans sitting up to listen. 'Love/Hate back with a bang' the front page reads. The newspaper reports that the drama is set to 'burst back' onto our screens next year, this time with a new gangster kingpin.

Both the Irish Daily Mirror, Irish Daily Mail and the Irish Sun lead with the story of how a washing tablet almost killed a young girl. 'Washing capsule nearly killed our daughter' reads the front page of the Mirror, while the Irish Sun leads with 'Surf tablet almost killed my girl'. The young girl is understood to have bitten into the washing tablet, believing it was a marshmallow.

The Irish Star leads with reaction to a case yesterday in which a man was jailed for sexually abusing his stepdaughters on an almost daily basis for ten years. His wife, the girls' mother, has stood by him throughout the trial. 'Now mum should face jail' the front page reads.

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