Italian Coast Guard operation to rescue 194 Syrian refugees in the Mediterranean    on  December 19th. Photograph: EPA/Italian Coast Guard

Refugee crises and unrest in Asia, Africa driving global trends

Suspect for repeated stabbing of woman on Christmas Eve has been  taken to Cavan General Hospital.

Ex-IRA man a suspect for repeated stabbing of woman known to him on Christmas Eve

The injured woman was taken to Cavan General Hospital, where she continues to undergo treatment. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Man arrested after knife attack in which a woman in her 40s sustained serious injuries

Cornelius (44) and Angelique Billing (27) and who died after being stabbed at their apartment over a shop on the main street of the village of Kildysart, Co Clare, on Wednesday evening. Photograph: Facebook

Angelique and Cornelius Billing died after they were stabbed in a flat in Co Clare on Wednesday

Gardaí at the scene of the robbery of a transit van on Cork Street Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Cash van ambushed in city and staff threatened in attempted raid on Baldoyle post office

The scene in Kildysart, Co Clare, on Thursday afternoon as the bodies of Angelique (27) and Cornelius Billing (44) were removed after Deputy State Patholgist Dr Michael Curtis carried out a preliminary examination on them. Photograph: Brian Arthur/ Press22

No third party sought in Clare deaths of parents Angelique and Cornelius Billing

Lee McDonnell escaped on the way back to Portlaoise Prison on Wednesday. Photograph: Paddy Whelan/The Irish Times

Prison staff transporting Lee McDonnell had stopped to buy him chips

Gardaí are holding six men in the south east in raids on drug laboratories that were believed to be making an ecstasy-style substance sold in head shops as ‘super coke’.

Substance sold in head shops as ‘super coke’ targeted in searches in south east after two-year investigation

The criminal investigation has established a six-figure sum of money disappeared over a lengthy period of time. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Garda investigation complete: recommendation charges pursued against chief suspect

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