February 09: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds
Your speedy summary of today's must-read stories.
Death toll in Turkey-Syria earthquake over 16,000
Turkey’s disaster management agency has said that the death toll from Turkey-Syria earthquake has surpassed 16,000 as more bodies were pulled from the rubble of collapsed homes. The agency said 12,391 people had been confirmed killed in Turkey after Monday’s early morning earthquake and series of aftershocks. On the other side of the border in Syria, another 2,902 people have been reported to have been killed.
Zelenskyy addresses UK parliament
Volodymyr Zelenskyy has received a standing ovation and cheers from parliament during a historical address, calling on the UK and the West to provide Ukraine with fighter jets during a surprise visit to London. He said, “We will always come out on top of evil … We know freedom will win. We know Russia will lose.”
Walt Disney will be cutting 7,000 jobs as part of an effort to save $5.5 billion in costs and make its streaming business profitable under recently reinstated CEO Bob Iger. These layoffs account for 3.6% of Disney’s global workforce.
Renewed appeal for information on anniversary of Andrew Allen’s murder
A fresh appeal for information has been made 11 years after the murder of 24-year-old Andrew Allen, who was shot in front of his partner at his home in Links View Park, Buncrana, on February 9, 2012. Gardaí believe a number of people were involved in the murder, destruction of evidence and later sheltering the killers.
Bertie Ahern rejoins Fianna Fáil
Bertie Ahern is back in Fianna Fáil after resigning from the party in 2012 before Micheál Martin moved to expel him following the publication of the Mahon Tribunal report. It is understood that Mr Ahern paid the €20 membership and rejoined the Dublin Central branch of the party at the end of 2022.