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Gardai appeal to taxi drivers

An appeal to taxi and hackney drivers has been made by gardai investigating the frenzied stabbing of Rose Kenny in the stairwell near her home at School Street in Dublin on Tuesday, September 23.

Gardai at Kevin Street are interested in talking to drivers working the area at the time or who may have picked up near Marrowbone Lane/James Street around 7.55am and dropped off in the Phibsboro area.

A man in his 40s has since being charged in relation to this incident.

Baghdad bomb attacks kill 25

At least 25 people were killed in car bomb and mortar attacks in mainly Shi'ite Muslim districts of Baghdad, Iraqi police and medical sources said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks but Islamic State, ultra-radical Sunni Muslim militants who seized swathes of northern Iraq in June, claimed several suicide bombings in the capital earlier this year.

Two car bombs exploded in busy streets in the al-Horreyya district, killing 20 people and wounding 35, according to the police and medical sources.

There was also a mortar attack in the Sab al-Bour neighbourhood of northern Baghdad that killed five people and wounded 15.

€6m Degas painting stolen

A painting by French Impressionist Edgar Degas valued at €6m was stolen from a home in the Cypriot port city of Limassol, police said.

The painting, which is entitled Ballerina Adjusting Her Slipper, was stolen along with items including gold watches and gold opera glasses worth a total of €157,000, according to Cypriot police.

A man has been arrested in connection with the theft.

British planes in IS assault

British warplanes launched airstrikes against fighters from the Islamic State group in Iraq for the first time, according to British defence Secretary Michael Fallon.

Two Tornado jets struck a heavy weapons post and a vehicle mounted with a machine gun being used by the extremists who were attacking Kurdish fighters in northwestern Iraq.