Wednesday 21 March 2018

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And what it says on the front pages this morning

The front page of today's Irish Independent
The front page of today's Irish Independent

A Palestinian woman rammed her car into an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank on Friday and was then shot dead by troops at the scene, the Israeli military said.

A wave of Palestinian-Israeli heightened violence, now in its sixth month, has shown no sign of abating and has raised concern of further escalation.

Friday's attack took place at a main junction near the Israeli settlement bloc, Gush Etzion.

"The soldier was wounded and evacuated for medical treatment in hospital. Forces on site responded to the imminent threat and shot the attacker, resulting in her death. A knife was found in the assailant's vehicle," the Israeli military said.

Since October, Palestinian stabbings, shootings and car rammings have killed 28 Israelis and a U.S. citizen. Israeli security forces have killed at least 173 Palestinians, 115 of whom Israel says were assailants, while most others were shot dead during violent protests.

Meanwhile in the States, Donald Trump's rivals for the Republican presidential nomination all say they will back him if he wins the race.

Their pledges, in the latest TV debate, came after a series of senior Republicans attacked Mr Trump, the current frontrunner, including the party's two most recent presidential nominees, Mitt Romney and John McCain.

Mr Romney, the 2012 nominee, made a rare public appearance to denounce Mr Trump as "a phoney" who is "playing the American public for suckers".

On the front pages in Ireland this morning, 'Stampede of families abandon water bills' reads the front page of this morning's Irish Independent.

The newspaper reports how Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has apologised for his blunder in which he said water would feature in coalition talks.

Also featuring on the front page of the Irish Independent is the headline 'Ripped-off mortgage customers to get €65,000 AIB payout". Personal Finance Editor Charlie Weston reports on how thousands of homeowners are set to share a bonanza of up to €190m after AIB wrongfully took their tracker mortgages from them.

The Irish Examiner also lead their front page with the latest from Irish Water. 'Delaying, not axing, water fees can avoid EC fine' reads the headline as the paper reports that Ireland could escape potential European Commission court action over cancelling water charges if it defers the fees for a number of years as opposed to scrapping them entirely.

The Irish Daily Mail lead with: 'FF water u-turn: We will pursue the non-payers'.

'Playschool monster' reads the front page of the Herald. The photograph shows Kevin Muldoon (32) with an address at Rockwinds, Church Road, Killiney after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a four-year-girl he had in his care.

The Irish Times leads their front page with 'Martin seeks support for Fianna Fáil to form new government'. The newspaper reports that the FF leader has "launched a determined bid to wrest power from Fine Gael".

'Vinnie was quizzed over hotel guns' reads the front page of the Irish Daily Star. According to the newspaper, Real IRA bosses interrogated Vincent Ryan over the guns used to storm the Regency hotel as they believed the weapons were theirs.

Ten years on from a brutal attack, the Irish Sun leads with the poignant headline 'You can't kill our smiles'. The newspaper reports that Gavin and Millie Murray who were sitting in a car that was fire-bombed in 2006 have moved home after the man who attacked them moved into their area.

Finally, the Irish Daily Mirror lead their front page with the words 'No shame'. The photo shows convicted soccer star Adam Johnson pictured partying with a Danish model just days before his child sex trial in the UK.

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