Newsround: what Wednesday's papers say

Police release Berlin attack suspect and Amazon orders extra jets to hit Christmas targets

21st December, 2016
Wednesday's papers

The top stories in Wednesday's papers:

THE IRISH TIMES

- Berlin police have admitted they are not sure who carried out the Monday evening attack on a Berlin Christmas market that killed 12 after releasing their only suspect yesterday evening, the paper says in its front page lead.

- It also reports that Wexford TD Mick Wallace, who was declared a bankrupt on Monday, has arrears totalling €235,571 on mortgages associated with three houses he owns, according to his statement of affairs.

- The former owner of Apollo House, Garrett Kelleher, says he supports the aims of Home Sweet Home, a group of housing activists who have occupied the vacant office building since Thursday, to accommodate rough sleepers.

- The paper also says that British prime minister Theresa May has declined to rule out a change in the status of Irish nationals living in Britain, suggesting the issue is part of a broader negotiation about the rights of EU citizens after Brexit.

FINANCIAL TIMES

- Facebook faces a potential fine after Brussels accused the social network of misleading it during the approval process of its $19 billion takeover of WhatsApp.

- The paper also reports on Brexit, saying that Theresa May has said she wants an "implementation phase" to help smooth Britain's exit from the EU after 2019, giving business time to adapt to a new trading and regulatory regime.

- Amazon is stepping up its own air freight operation as it gears up to deliver 220 million packages before Christmas in the US alone. To help it meet the challenge, the company has doubled its own flight operations, signing lease deals for up to 40 jets.

- The FT Big Read focuses on US policing under the headline "Being black and blue", as it reports that the relationship between African-Americans and law enforcement has always been fraught and now a wave of police shootings has made life even harder for those in the black community who straddle the thin blue line.

IRISH INDEPENDENT

- New passport checks, linked to an Interpol database and targeting jihadis, are being carried out at Dublin Airport amid the heightened threat of global terrorism, the paper reports on its front page.

- It also says that around 100 people, mostly families, lost their homes through lenders denying them low-cost tracker mortgages, twice the previous number thought to have lost their homes, the Oireachtas Finance Committee was told.

- Director Jim Sheridan had admitted the Apollo House occupation is merely a "band aid" and not a solution to the homeless crisis. He was speaking after a concert outside the premises in Dublin as receivers launched a High Court action aimed at regaining possession of the property.

- New mobile phone licences will require mobile operators to cover all of rural Ireland rather than the biggest population centres as Communications Minister Denis Naughten said Ireland would become the first European country to base licences on geographical rather than population coverage.

IRISH EXAMINER

- The paper leads with the story that the Central Bank governor has said that up to 15,000 mortgage holders were wrongly moved off tracker loans. It also reports that the banks may have to pay out more than €500 million in compensation and fines after wrongly overcharging customers.

- Homeless campaigner Father Peter McVerry has warned that another 25,000 families could lose their homes unless the government takes drastic action.

- The paper also reports that it's more than 20 years since Sophie Toscan du Plantier was battered to death at her holiday home in Schull in west Cork and there are still more questions than answers.

- In its Business Section, the paper reports that Lloyds Banking Group has agreed to buy Bank of America's MBNA credit card business in the UK for £1.9 billion in cash, its first major purchase since being bailed out eight years ago.

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