Evening top 5: Nearly 30 dead in "catastrophic day" for Aleppo; New Zealand overcome Ireland in hugely physical contest

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Nearly 30 dead in "catastrophic day" for Aleppo

At least 27 people have been killed in what has been described as a "catastrophic day" for Aleppo as Syrian government troops continue to bombard rebel held areas of the city.

The only specialised paediatric hospital in the area is now out of service after airstrikes destroyed three floors of the building according to reports from Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF).

Three other hospitals have also taken direct hits, resulting in casualties among staff and patients and leaving two key surgical hospitals and the largest general hospital out of service.

Murphy warns of "renewed campaign of protest" if government attempts to re-introduce water charges

Independent TD Paul Murphy has warned of a renewed street protest campaign if any attempt is made to re-introduce water charges.

The Expert Commission established to examine funding options for Irish water services may conclude that a “modest” charge will be required to guarantee Ireland meets its legal obligations under EU directives, according to reports from RTÉ.

The commission is expected to deliver its report on water services to an Oireachtas Committee in the next fortnight.

Facebook reveals new strategy to target fake news

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced plans to counter fake news on the social media platform.

The move comes after US President, Barack Obama spoke out about the problem and suggested misinformation on social media was undermining the US political process.

Zuckerberg had initially rejected the accusation, calling it a "pretty crazy idea."

Social Democrats call for immediate introduction of rent controls

The Social Democrats are calling for the immediate introduction of rent controls linked to the Consumer Price Index - “until there is sufficient housing to drive down rents.” 

The party has brought forward a range of proposals to deal with the housing crisis - including increasing the level of social housing in all new private developments from 10% to 20% and funding developers earlier in the process.

A recent report by property website Daft.ie found that Ireland’s average rent is now €1,077 - an increase of 11.7% on this time last year and a new all-time high.

New Zealand overcome Ireland in a hugely physical contest

Ireland were unable to keep up with New Zealand in a punishing encounter at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. 

New Zealand started with a huge intensity from the very first kick, challenging Sean O’Brien and retaining possession, owning the ball for the first few minutes.

They were laying down a marker for what they wanted to do, and threatened Ireland’s line several times before they eventually put a crossfield kick over to the left to Malakai Fekitoa for an early try.