Friday 23 August 2019

While you were sleeping - all the stories you missed overnight

The front page of today's Irish Independent
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The British IS militant Mohammed Emwazi, known as Jihadi John, has been targeted by US forces in an airstrike.

The Pentagon is assessing whether the extremist was killed in the military action carried out in Syria but military experts believe he is unlikely to have survive the attempt on his life.

Emwazi came to notoriety in a video in August 2014 which showed the beheading of US journalist James Foley.

He also appeared in videos showing the killings of UK hostages Alan Henning and David Haines, American journalist Steven Sotloff, aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig and Japanese journalists Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa shortly before they were killed.

Read more: IS terrorist Jihadi John 'believed to be dead' after US airstrikes

In the Middle East, Lebanon is observing a national day of mourning today after two suicide bombs the day before killed 43 people in southern Beirut, in an act the United Nations condemned overnight as "despicable".

Local television dedicated morning bulletins to the attacks, which were carried out late on Thursday in a busy residential and commercial area that is a stronghold for Lebanese Shi'ite movement Hezbollah, and were claimed by Islamic State.

"Unacceptable", newspaper L'Orient Le Jour said in a one-word front-page headline. Another daily, al-Diyyar, showed gruesome pictures of the bodies of the bombers, including a bloody disembodied head.

Former minister Pat Carey's decision to step down as Fianna Fail Director of Elections has hit the headlines on the national newspapers this morning.

The Irish Independent leads their front page with the headline: 'I have done nothing wrong says 'distraught' Pat Carey'. The ex-minister says he is 'aware of innuendo' about sex abuse claims and has stepped down from his role and the party.

The Herald simple reads: 'I've done nothing wrong', while the Irish Daily Mail leads with the words: 'I'm innocent'.

The Irish Daily Star leads with the headline 'Carey quits', the Irish Mirror leads with the headline 'Ex-minister denies child abuse' and the Irish Sun opts for 'I did not abuse child'.

Mr Pat Carey makes the front pages of the Irish Examiner as well, the front page reading: 'Carey: Abuse claims 'unfounded''.

The story features on the bottom of the Irish Times front page, with the paper instead opting for 'Parents fole lawsuits over Berkeley balcony tragedy'.

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