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TOP STORY - PARIS ATTACKS

Two more of the suicide bombers responsible for the Friday the 13th terrorist rampage across Paris that killed 129 people have been named. Meanwhile France launched air strikes against Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria.

An international manhunt was continuing for a suspect linked to the Paris attacks. Police across Europe are searching for Salah Abdeslam, 26, who rented a car used to carry gunmen to the Bataclan music venue in Paris which became the scene of a massacre.

The US and European allies are combining in a drive to persuade Vladimir Putin to co-operate with them in the struggle against terror group Islamic State in the wake of attacks in Paris and Egypt. A meeting between the British Prime Minister David Cameron and Mr Putin on the fringe of the G20 summit in Turkey comes after Mr Putin and US president Barack Obama met on Sunday for talks on the civil war in Syria which US officials characterised as “constructive”.

The Taoiseach has promised the vetting process for refugees coming to Ireland will be “very thorough and very comprehensive” after fake Syrian passports were found close to the bodies of suspected Paris attackers. Elsewhere, President Michael D Higgins will add his name to a book of condolences for the victims of the Paris attacks today.

A friend of a Briton killed in the massacre at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris has described how she held him in her arms before he died.

IRELAND

The children of a mother of eight, who died in suspicious circumstances in Holland, have paid tribute to their “amazing” mum who loved them all unconditionally with her “healing hugs”.

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive is already trying to put contingency plans in place to find rooms for families living in hotels that are due to close over the Christmas period or have been booked out in advance.

Gardaí have launched a murder investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a 43-year-old woman in Co Westmeath at the weekend.

It is an historic day for lesbian and gay couples who are now legally entitled to get married in Ireland. The last legal hurdle was cleared last week when Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald signed the commencement order for the Marriage Equality Act.

WORLD

Two Palestinians have been killed in clashes with Israeli troops in the West Bank, a Palestinian health official said.

The death toll from a landslide that buried homes in eastern China has risen to 25 people with 12 others still missing. A torrent of mud and rocks unleashed by heavy rains buried nearly 30 homes in a village in Zhejiang province on Friday night

SPORT

Ireland managers present and past, Martin O’Neill and Giovanni Trapattoni, would surely be in agreement about one thing going into tonight’s defining game against Bosnia at the Aviva Stadium. Even with an away goal in the bag, the cat is most definitely not in the sack. At 1-1 and, notwithstanding Robbie Brady’s best effort in Zenica, this play-off is still balanced on a knife-edge, the idea that the home side might not need to score to progress, simply anathema to the current occupant of the hot seat.

They were selected as the nation’s sports team of the year, and exist on a Ladies Football plateau of their own making. But as this extract from Mary White’s new book ’Relentless’ shows, before there was serial All-Ireland success, there was a Rebel rebellion.

BUSINESS

Glanbia has announced that the company has agreed to buy thinkThin for $217m. thinkThin sells protein enriched bars in the US and recorded net sales for the 12 months to the end of September 2015 of $84m, with a compound average growth rate for the previous three years of 31%.

More than 80% of credit union applications, seeking the removal of lending restrictions reviewed by the Central Bank, have to date been approved as the sector battles for greater freedom to lift lending levels from a 15-year low.

ANALYSIS

Emotions are running high in the capital and expressions of love and hope must do battle with calls for a policy U-turn and a closing off of borders, writes Europe Correspondent Ann Cahill in Paris

LIFESTYLE

Exercise is proven to get happy hormones pumping, but motivation isn’t great when your mental health is suffering. In Bressie’s new TV show, he helps depression and anxiety sufferers to rise to the challenge of an Ironman, says Colette Sheridan

VIDEO

The message tied to the back gate of the French embassy in Dublin showed shock and grief has no borders. On a Polish flag, written in French, secured to an Irish gate, it said: Pologne toujours avec La France — Poland, always with France.

VIRAL

Give a man a GoPro and he will record many videos. Give an Irish daddy one, and set him loose in Vegas and you will have comedy gold!

In scenes reminiscent of the Madagascar films, a group of cheeky penguins has tried to stage a mischievous jailbreak from a zoo in Denmark.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Xbox One owners can now play 104 Xbox 360 titles on their console thanks to backwards compatibility. Here are five titles that we’d like to see supported.

MOVIES: We review the new film based on Apple founder Steve Jobs.

TECH: Snapchat is all about the dollars these days. The social messaging service recently made it possible to pay real world money to watch back messages that had expired and now they’re reaching for your wallets again.

SHOWBIZ

A leather jacket that belonged to former US president John F Kennedy is now thought to be worth a six-figure sum.

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Two more of the suicide bombers responsible for the Friday the 13th terrorist rampage across Paris that killed 129 people have been named.

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