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Ten confirmed dead in traveller site fire in Ireland

Fire chiefs confirmed the death toll has risen to ten. Credit: PA

Ten people including a mother and father and a five-month-old baby have been killed in a fire at a halting site for travellers in Ireland.

The deaths occurred in Carrickmines in south Dublin after a blaze broke out at about 4am.

A Garda spokesman confirmed the death toll had climbed to 10 after the baby girl died in hospital. Five children are also believed to have died.

President Michael D Higgins said he was shocked and saddened at the deaths.

"My thoughts at this time are with the families and friends of those who have lost their lives and those who have been injured," he said.

Forensic examinations are continuing into the evening to try to determine the cause of the fire.

John Major: Lord Howe 'transformed our nation'

Sir John Major, who succeeded Lady Thatcher as Conservative leader has paid tribute to Lord Howe, describing him as "a man whose political convictions transformed our nation."

Former prime minister John Major has paid tribute to Lord Howe. Credit: PA

The former prime minister said: "As Chancellor of the Exchequer, his brave but controversial policy was the catalyst of economic recovery. As Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary, he was respected in every part of the world.

"Geoffrey Howe was a conciliator, a One Nation Conservative - forever concerned about social advance.

"Geoffrey has left a benevolent mark on our national life, and I hope in death will receive the credit so often denied him in life."

Lord Howe passed away on Friday night aged 88 after a suspected heart attack.


Turkish PM: Strong evidence of two suicide bombers

Turkish PM declares three days of national mourning. Credit: PA

The Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said there was strong evidence that two suicide bombers carried out the attacks in the Turkish capital.

He declared three days of national mourning following the bomb attacks in the capital Ankara.

Man falls overboard from cruise ship off Isle of Wight

A search is underway after a passenger reportedly fell overboard from a cruise ship off the Isle of Wight.

The passenger fell overboard as the Ventura returned to Southampton. Credit: PA

The man is understood to have fallen into the water from P&O cruise ship Ventura as it returned to Southampton from a two-week trip to the Mediterranean.

A Coastguard helicopter and RNLI lifeboats have been involved and the cruise liner retraced its route as part of the search.

A P&O Cruises spokesman said: "Following reports of a missing person earlier this morning, Ventura conducted a full search of the area off the coast of the Isle of Wight.

"As a result of this search, which has now been handed over to the Coastguard as is usual in these instances."

Death toll in Ankara rises to 86 following double blast

Forensic experts examine the scene after the deadly blasts. Credit: Reuters

Eighty-six people have now died following two bomb blasts in the Turkish capital, the county's health minister has said, with 186 injured.

The increased death toll was announced as a senior Turkish security official told Reuters that the blasts in Ankara were the result of a suicide bombing.


PM: 'Kind' Lord Howe had 'huge courage and resolve'

David Cameron said Lord Howe had Credit: PA

David Cameron led tributes to Lord Howe, describing him as "the quiet hero of the first Thatcher government" and said the Conservative family "has lost one of its greats".

The Prime Minister said the former chancellor was "a kind, gentle and deeply thoughtful man" who had "huge courage and resolve".

The Prime Minister said: "His time as Chancellor of the Exchequer was vital in turning the fortunes of our country around, cutting borrowing, lowering tax rates and conquering inflation. Lifting exchange controls may seem obvious now, but it was revolutionary back then. He was the quiet hero of the first Thatcher government.

"He loved his politics and never stopped giving strong and sound advice. George Osborne and I benefited greatly from his wisdom and determination to improve the state of the country.

"Our thoughts are with his family."

Former Chancellor Lord Geoffrey Howe dies, aged 88

Lord Howe died after a suspected heart attack. Credit: PA

Former Chancellor Lord Geoffrey Howe died last night aged 88 after a suspected heart attack, his family has announced.

The Tory grandee was Margaret Thatcher's longest-serving Cabinet minister - but was widely held to have ended her premiership with a devastating resignation speech in 1990.

A statement issued by his family said: "It is with deep sadness that the Howe family today announced that Geoffrey Howe died suddenly late yesterday evening, aged 88, at his home in Warwickshire, of a suspected heart attack, after enjoying a local jazz concert with his wife Elspeth.

"There will be a private family funeral, followed by a memorial service in due course. The family would be grateful for privacy at this time."

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