Wednesday 21 February 2018

While you were sleeping: Stories you missed overnight and what's hitting the headlines Newsdesk Newsdesk

Here are the stories you may have missed overnight and what is hitting the headlines on this morning's papers:

US Presidential race

In the US presidential election latest, Hillary Clinton made the prospect of her being elected the first woman U.S. president a centerpiece of her campaign, then lost a critical nominating contest to a 74-year-old man in part because women preferred him.

NBC News exit polls showed Clinton, a former secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady, won 44 percent of the women's vote in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary to 55 percent for her Democratic Party rival, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.

Young women contributed significantly to Clinton's loss, and the candidate acknowledged that she struggled with young voters.

"I know I have some work to do, particularly with young people," Clinton said during a concession speech. "Even if they are not supporting me now, I support them."

Meanwhile, Donald Trump also scored his first victory for the Republicans.

Turkey/Syria violence

On the Turkey/Syrian border; Kurdish militants killed two Turkish soldiers and one police officer, Turkey's military and state-run media said on Wednesday, with the rebels in one incident trying to cross the border into Turkey from neighbouring Syria.

In Sirnak province's Cizre district, security forces spotted seven Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters entering Turkey from Syria on Tuesday evening and as they clashed one soldier was killed and one wounded, the Turkish armed forces said.

Zika latest

In China, China's first case of the Zika virus has been found in a 34-year-old man who recently travelled to Venezuela.

The man, from the southern city of Ganzhou, was treated in Venezuela on January 28 before returning home on February 5 via Hong Kong and the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, the National Health and Family Planning Commission said.

Taiwan building collapse

Three building firm bosses have been arrested on negligence charges following the collapse of an apartment building in southern Taiwan which killed dozens of people.

They have been detained on suspicion of professional negligence resulting in death.

Tainan District Prosecutors Office said Lin Ming-hui and architects Chang Kui-an and Cheng Chin-kui were suspected of having overseen shoddy construction of the 17-storey Weiguan Golden Dragon building, which keeled over following an earthquake on Saturday.

The prosecutors office said the three were detained to prevent collusion or other acts that could disrupt the investigation.

What it says in the papers

The sudden increase in gangland violence in Dublin still dominates the front pages this morning.

'Soft on crime: SF to drop terror law' reads the front page of the Irish Independent. The newspaper reports that Sinn Féin wants to repeal the country's anti-terror laws. Party leader Gerry Adams yesterday committed removing legislation outlawing membership of illegal organisations, intimidation of the government and the establishment of the kangaroo courts, if the party comes to power after the General Election.

The Herald splashes their front page with the headline 'Lockdown as Monk returns'. The newspaper reports Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch is back in Dublin after leaving his base on the Spanish island of Lanzarote. The Irish Daily Mail also splashes with the news that 'The Monk' is back, with the headline 'The Monk jets back to Dublin'.

The Sun leads their front page with a photograph of the body of murder victim Eddie Hutch Senior being carried from his home on Poplar Row. The headline reads 'Animals'.

The Irish Daily Mirror leads with the headline 'That's for David' - it is understood the gunmen shouted these words as they shot Eddie Hutch Snr to death in his home in Dublin city centre.

The Irish Times lead with the political angle and the headline 'Fitzgerald accused of misleading statements on Garda resourcing'.

Finally, the Irish Examiner reports that gardai are operating an 'in-your-face policing' at the homes of more than 40 criminals in Dublin after the murder of Eddie Hutch Snr. The headline reads 'Gardai target 40 criminals in killing aftermath'.

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