Lunchtime briefing: Aleppo evacuations suspended after shots fired at convoy. Catch up on the headlines

Good afternoon. Here’s all the news you need to know this lunchtime.

IRELAND

Offaly GP Dr Bernadette Scully has been found not guilty  of killing her disabled daughter.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has defended Government plans to cap rent rises in Cork and Dublin for the next three years,  The Irish Examiner's Fiachra Ó Cionnaith in Brussels.

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by TD Joan Collins regarding the legality  of the promissory notes.

Enda Kenny has ruled out looking for a before the Brexit talks begin.

An Irish mother shared a disturbing message about her future just days before police discovered her body  and that of her young son in their London home.

A NAMA controlled building has been taken over by a group hoping to use the building to  house the homeless.  High profile figures such as musicians Damien Dempsey and Glen Hansard and actor John Connors were present at Tara Street where a group entered Apollo House.

WORLD 

Lunchtime briefing: Aleppo evacuations suspended after shots fired at convoy. Catch up on the headlines

The evacuation of civilians and opposition fighters from eastern Aleppo  have been suspended  after rebels opened fire on a convoy at one of the crossing points of the rebel-held enclave, according to Syrian state TV.

The implication Russia interfered through hacking to affect the result of the US presidential election sounds more like something from House Of Cards than real life.– here’s all you need to know about it.  

Gunmen have shot and killed a local radio station's chief  in Afghanistan's eastern Logar province, officials have said.

French police are investigating a fire that broke out in a migrant workers' centre  near Paris and left two people seriously injured.

SPORT

Lunchtime briefing: Aleppo evacuations suspended after shots fired at convoy. Catch up on the headlines

Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus has named an  unchanged starting XV  for Munster's Champions Cup clash against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road tomorrow.

There’s been little time to digest an action-packed few days of Premier League action that has left fantasy managers distraught  and elated in equal measure. Here are this week's tips.

Maybe it’s just as well the League of Ireland top brass have yet to ratify the branding report  unveiled yesterday as the elements contained ranged from the impractical to the ridiculous.

OPINION

With everything else that has gone on, it is easy to forget we actually had a general election this year,  writes Alison O’Connor.

There is a long history of the CIA briefing presidents-elect on foreign policy. Donald Trump has rebuffed  the agency’s advice. Tim Weiner asks why

BUSINESS

The introduction of transatlantic flights from Cork Airport may negatively impact Shannon,  the chief operating officer of Aer Lingus has conceded.

Vietnam is expected to be the fastest-growing destination  for Irish exporters in the next decade — closely followed by China, India and Malaysia — as companies continue to look east to boost trade levels, a new survey has found.

LIFESTYLE

Lunchtime briefing: Aleppo evacuations suspended after shots fired at convoy. Catch up on the headlines
 

Cork Simon relies heavily on fundraising by ordinary people  embracing the extraordinary time that is Christmas, writes John Tynan

SHOWBIZ

Fans of The Great British Bake Off can rejoice in the fact there are two more episodes with full cast Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins  on the BBC before the show moves to Channel 4 next year.

VIRAL

Think all good photography are of subjects like sweeping landscapes or intimate portraits? Think again, and think smaller.  Trust us: you’re going to be wowed by Nikon’s Small World In Motion competition.

Whether your parents separated 20 years ago or this year, Christmas is still a totally awkward time.  Here’s our ultimate list of ups and downs for people from a broken home.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

We're almost half-way through the Premier League season and Chelsea have emerged as the dominant team at the top of the table. BallTalk look at the top six teams  and discuss how they've performed so far and if the table will have a similar shape come May. 

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TECHNOW

GAMING: GTA V online is some of the most fun you can have on the internet and the makers of the game are always endeavoring to give you a better experience.

MOVIES/TV: Amazon has been making serious waves of late, despite everything they are doing on the retail side of things their studio has been making some moves.  First the got Top Gear, well it’s not quite Top Gear but the Grand Tour is pretty much Top Gear now. The first episode of which was the most pirated episode of television ever.

TECH: It looks like live video is really kicking off, with Facebook announcing it’s live video was so successful it’s making its own shows now, and Twitter streaming live NFL games.

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