Morning top 5: Man fatally injured in Carlow crash; powerful earthquake hits northeastern Afghanistan

The top stories this morning...

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a 29-year-old man was fatally injured in crash near Carlow Town last night.

The male pedestrian was hit by a vehicle on the Carlow to Castledermot road at approximately 7.20am last night.

The 29-year-old was pronounced dead at scene, and his body was taken to Waterford Regional Hospital where a post mortem examination is to be arranged.

He is the second person to die on our roads on Christmas day - a teenage boy also died when his motorcycle crashed into another bike on Cherry Orchard Avenue in Dublin.

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Russia has released new pictures of airstrikes it has carried out across Syria.

The defence ministry says it targeted sites in Aleppo and Damascus.

They claim the attacks were carried out on oil transport convoys and production facilities run by Islamic State - as well as 'other targets'.

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A 6.2 magnitude earthquake has hit northeastern Afghanistan.

It struck last night and tremors were felt in the Afghan capital Kabul as well as the Pakistani capital Islamabad.

There were no immediate reports of casualties in the area, but at least 17 people are said to have been injured in the city of Peshawar in Pakistan.

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The Taoiseach has put paid to any prospect of an early election - saying there are 14 bills to be published before the election is called.

Enda Kenny's comments mean there is now virtually no prospect of the election being called before the end of January.

The Taoiseach has also planned a series of engagements for January which could not go ahead if an election had been called.

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More than 100 homes have been destroyed as bushfires sweep across southern Australia.

Flames were sparked by a lightning strike earlier this month, with a huge area affected in the state of Victoria.