Your Monday evening catch-up

Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on irishexaminer.com today.

Your Monday evening catch-up

TOP STORIES

A woman was fatally assaulted and her husband injured in a violent incident in the Montenotte area of Cork city this morning where neighbours intervened to restrain an armed man. The victim, a well-known and popular woman in her 60s, died at the scene.

The family of a Dublin man stabbed to death while trying to help his wounded friend during a fight over Christmas 2013 say they will never forgive his killer. Wayne Kennedy of Rathsallagh Park, Shankill, Dublin was acquitted of David Spain’s murder last July, but found guilty of manslaughter.

A former solicitor has been jailed for two years for stealing over €275,000 from clients over a four year period to fund a number of pubs that he was operating.

Eight arrests have been made by gardaí under Operation Trivium which is targeting criminal gangs from foreign countries operating here.

Banking Inquiry chairman Michael McGrath has said that members will hold extra meetings - including over the Christmas period - if that is what is needed to produce a final report.

SPECIAL REPORT: As Bessborough was investigated, the nuns were told don’t co-operate, writes Conall Ó Fatharta

WORLD

The use of chemical weapons is “becoming routine in the Syrian civil war”, a US official has said. Rafael Foley was speaking at a closed meeting of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ (OPCW) executive council, which was called to discuss recent findings including that a “non-state actor” likely used the chemical agent sulfur mustard, or mustard gas, during fighting in the Syrian town of Marea in August.

David Cameron has vowed Britain will do “all in our power” to support France in its fight against Islamic State in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.

Six Iranian refugees have sewn their mouths shut during a protest near the village of Idomeni at the Greek-Macedonia border. They took the drastic action as several hundred refugees, many from Iran and Morocco, protested for a fourth straight day at the border.

SPORT

Four games into the Champions Cup for the Irish provinces and just a solitary win to show for our efforts. Donal Lenihan wonders where it is all going wrong for the Irish provinces in Europe’s top tier competition.

Roy Keane has eased fears that he was ready to quit the Irish set-up for a return to the club circuit following the Euros, saying “If Martin wants me to stay on, it will be very hard to say no."

BUSINESS

US giant drugmaker Pfizer said it had agreed to merge with Irish rival Allergan in a deal worth US$160bn, making it the biggest deal in pharmaceuticals history.

Apple’s retail business has undergone something of an overhaul this year – and it’s now heading into Christmas with a new Store Pick-up scheme.

ANALYSIS

Christopher R Hill argues that only when diplomacy ends the war between Assad and the Free Syrian Army can regional forces be raised to crush the terror of Islamic State.

LIFESTYLE

One of the biggest fashion retailers in the US, who count Michelle Obama amongst their customers, has just hired an Irish child for their latest ad campaign. How big is child modelling in this country and what’s involved for the kid, asks Caroline Delaney

VIDEO

Cork artists Peter Martin and Luke Sisk recreate the Irish Examiner’s Jonah Lomu tribute. It is on display to the public at the Sugarcube Pod, Grand Parade.

VIRAL

A Christmas advert for a Northern Ireland market town struggling after the recession has become an unlikely internet hit. The Ballymena Bear is winning the hearts of people everywhere.

One man made a list of everything that makes his wife cry and some of them seem a little bit surprising...

TECHNOW

GAMING: It’s a pretty amazing time to be a Star Wars fan, with a huge new movie on the way in just a few short weeks. And they’ve also got the chance to play in this universe like never before with Star Wars Battlefront on consoles and PC.

MOVIES: Chris Hemsworth is already well known for the body transformation necessary to become the god of Thunder himself, Thor, for his role in the Avengers movies. But his latest role involved a very different kind of diet program.

TECH: Ever wondered what might happen if you stick an Apple Pencil into an industrial pencil sharpener? Well, rather than risking your own, you can just watch this video for the answer.

SHOWBIZ

Anton Stephans has said The X Factor judge Nick Grimshaw was “unkind” on Saturday night’s show.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

A woman was fatally assaulted and her husband injured in a violent incident in the Montenotte area of Cork city this morning where neighbours intervened to restrain an armed man. The victim, a well-known and popular woman in her 60s, died at the scene.

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