March 31: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds
Your speedy summary of today's must-read stories.
Today is the final day that Ulster Bank customers will be able to carry out in-branch transactions, other than those related to account closures. The bank’s services through An Post outlets will also end today. Transactions can still be conducted online, but no cash or cheque lodgements either at the counter or through internal automation devices will be possible.
Donald Trump indicted
A grand jury has voted to indict Donald Trump over a hush money payment made to the adult film star Stormy Daniels to silence claims of an extramarital sexual encounter during the 2016 election. This is the first time in US history a former president has faced a criminal indictment. The former president is expected to appear in court for his arraignment on Tuesday.
Gwyneth Paltrow was found not liable for a 2016 ski crash at a resort in the US state of Utah in a case brought against her by retired optometrist Terry Sanderson. Jurors sided with Ms Paltrow, who blamed Mr Sanderson for the accident and countersued for $1 plus legal fees.
Greek train disaster
A Greek rail inspector has been detained in connection with last month’s train disaster that killed 57 people. The station manager supervisor, Dimitris Nikolaou, was charged with the crime of “disruption of traffic safety” causing the death of many people. The accident took place on 28 February, when a passenger train and a freight train collided head-on after running on the same track for several kilometres near the city of Larissa.
35 killed after falling into underground stepwell in Indian temple
At least 35 people were killed Thursday after falling into a stepwell at a Hindu temple in central India after its floor covering collapsed “due to the heavy load” on top. Though 19 people had been rescued from the stepwell, two later died. Stepwells are large wells or reservoirs with steps that descend to the water level, and water was reportedly pumped out to help rescue efforts.