Evening briefing: Rent-hikes deal sees 4% cap likely to extended outside Dublin and Cork. Catch up on all the headlines

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Evening briefing: Rent-hikes deal sees 4% cap likely to extended outside Dublin and Cork. Catch up on all the headlines

IRELAND

A deal has been reached over the Government's plans for rent caps, which will see the 4% limit for rent increases remain in place.

The bodies of a woman and her seven-year-old son have been discovered after police forced their way into a house in London.

Dissident republican Aidan O'Driscoll was laid to rest today. The former Real IRA chief was killed in Blackpool, Co Cork last week.

The family of a man who died of a heart attack, after disturbing a gang ransacking his isolated rural home, have hit out at the sentences imposed today on two members of the gang.

The former head of Budget Travel and chairperson of Irish Life and Permanent Gillian Bowler has passed away.

It has been confirmed in the Dáil that a permit for Santa Claus to travel over Ireland has been granted.

WORLD 

The mayor of the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo has given an impassioned statement to European Council president Donald Tusk, pleading with him and other EU leaders to save innocent by-standers by "opening a corridor" for refugees.

Traces of explosives have been found on some of the victims of an EgyptAir flight from Paris that crashed in the Mediterranean Sea in May, Egypt's Civil Aviation Ministry said.

The controversial mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT), also known as three-parent baby treatment, has been given the green light in the UK by the fertility regulator – making Britain the first country to approve the treatment for inherited diseases.

SPORT

Zinedine Zidane praised the way his Real Madrid side delivered the required result to beat Club America 2-0 and book their place in the final of the Club World Cup.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino's plans to expand the World Cup have run into serious opposition from the organisation which represents Europe's biggest clubs.

Munster management will wait until after Saturday’s Champions Cup showdown at Leicester before deciding whether to press for an extension of Jaco Taute’s contract.

Dessie Farrell has ruled out ever becoming Dublin football manager and insists his decision to quit as Gaelic Players Association (GPA) chief has nothing to do with inter-county management ambitions.

OPINION

Arts funding should never be given the agenda of projecting a positive image of its country of origin, writes Victoria White.

Given the fondness that the president-elect and so many of his appointees seem to have for Russian President Vladimir Putin, life may be about to imitate — if not exceed — art, says Nina L Khrushcheva.

BUSINESS

European Affairs Minister Dara Murphy has slammed UK suggestions that Ireland and Britain could cut a separate post-Brexit deal outside of talks with the EU as "nonsensical" and completely unworkable.

Yahoo has revealed one billion users had data stolen in a 2013 cyber attack. Here's everything you need to know about it.

LIFESTYLE

The annual missives are a minefield of social politics, explains Nuala Woulfe

SHOWBIZ

We’ve been pleasantly surprised with The Late Late Show line-up over the last few weeks and tomorrow will be no different.

VIRAL

Sinn Fein’s Aengus Ó Snodaigh was interrupted in the Dáil today by his own fashion choices.

A family from Templeglantine, West Limerick has won a national competition by leading energy provider Energia to find Ireland’s Most Christmassy Home.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

Christmas is fasting approaching and so are the postage deadlines of the festive season. Watch these clips and find out the best way to get your gifts to your loved ones right on time for the 25th.

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: BBC have said that they want to film another season of Planet Earth before the legendary David Attenborough turns 100.

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.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

An Irishman’s colourful obituary has gone viral after being published on Sea Coast Online.

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