Newsround: what Tuesday's papers say

Truck ploughs into Christmas market in Berlin and Russian ambassador shot dead in Ankara

20th December, 2016
Wednesday's papers

The top stories in Tuesday's newspapers:

THE IRISH TIMES

- The attack in Berlin dominates the front page as the paper reports that police in the German capital are questioning a man believed to have driven an articulated lorry into a crowded Christmas market in a possible terrorist attack that killed nine people and injured at least 50.

- Apple also makes the front page as the paper reports that the European Commission has accused Ireland of "inconsistent" application of tax structures to multinationals in a move that could have implications for other US companies operating in Ireland.

- The paper also reports that Independents4Change TD Mick Wallace has been declared bankrupt at the High Court following a €2 million judgment. The Wexford deputy's total debts exceed €30 million, the court was told.

- In its business section, the paper reports that former finance director of Anglo Irish Bank Willie McAteer has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining an €8 million loan from the bank. McAteer entered the plea at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday ahead of his trial which was due to start in January and last for one month.

FINANCIAL TIMES

- The paper leads with the death of Russia's ambassador to Turkey who was shot dead during a public appearance in the capital Ankara last night, a year after the two countries came close to hostilities over the conflict in Syria.

- It also reports that Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, was found guilty yesterday of negligence in public office during her time as French finance minister by a special Paris court.

- Australia's government has downgraded its growth forecasts and predicted larger-than-expected budget deficits over the next four years, heightening concerns that the country could lose its coveted triple A credit rating.

- In its Companies & Markets section, the paper reports that superfast 5G ambitions risk getting ahead of demand with mobile groups in danger of investing billions in services that nobody will pay for.

IRISH INDEPENDENT

- The newspaper also takes Berlin as its lead story, reporting that terror again struck at the heart of Europe as a truck ploughed into a packed Christmas market in Germany while a leading Russian diplomat was shot dead in Turkey.

- It also reports that an Irish unit of Apple made a Revenue settlement two years ago, including paying tax, interest and penalties to authorities here.

- In the cash-for-ash- scandal, it reports that Stormont's First Minister Arlene Foster faced down a motion of no confidence during a day of drama that included a mass walkout from the North's Assembly chamber.

- Dunnes Stores and SuperValu now hold an equal share of the Irish grocery market as the pair battle it out for supremacy among consumers over Christmas, the paper's business section says.

IRISH EXAMINER

- The HSE and children's charity Barnardos are providing supports for the family and school friends of an 11-year old boy who died by suspected suicide in Cork city at the weekend.

- Its front page also reports on the triple attacks that spread fear across Europe, a reference to the truck attack on the Christmas market in Berlin, the death of the Russian ambassador in Turkey and an attack on prayers at an Islamic centre in the Swiss city of Zurich.

- The paper also reports that there has been a 14 per cent rise in murders in the last year, fuelled by the Kinahan-Hutch feud, while there was also a significant increase in reported sexual offences but burglaries and thefts fell.

- In its business section, the paper reports that the Central Bank has laid bare the extent of the tracker mortgage scandal but only expects its investigation to lead to the 15 lenders under inquiry to start compensating customers by the middle of next year.

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