Evening top 5: Investigations ongoing in to "suspicious" Waterford death; thousands flee western Mosul; Negga prepares for Oscar night

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Investigations continue after body found in Waterford

Gardaí in Waterford are due to announce details of an investigation into a “suspicious” death in Ballysaggart, Lismore yesterday.

A 90-year-old man was found dead at his home at around 5pm yesterday evening after emergency services were called.

The scene has been preserved and investigating officers have asked for the assistance of the Garda Technical Bureau.

28 injured as truck ploughs into Mardi Gras parade

28 people were injured after a pickup truck ploughed into crowds at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans.

The incident happened shortly before 7pm Saturday evening, local time. Police have arrested a man on suspicion of drink-driving.

Neilson Rizzuto, 25-years-old has been charged with two counts of first-degree vehicular negligence resulting in injury, and one count each of reckless operation and hit-and-run driving.

 

Thousands flee western Mosul as Iraqi forces advance

Iraqi forces captured two neighbourhoods on the western side of Mosul on Sunday as they continued their push deeper into the city.

Thousands of people have been forced to flee the battle in to government-controlled areas, security officials told the Associated Press.

Reuters reports that Iraqi forces – backed by aerial support from the US-led international coalition – are aiming to capture a bridge across the river Tigris which would link the city's government-held eastern bank with the ongoing offensive against remaining militants in the west.

Strong Irish interest at the Oscars

Irish Oscar nominee Ruth Negga is preparing for her first Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles tonight.

The Limerick actress has been nominated in the Best Actress category for her role in the historical drama, Loving.

Negga has been nominated for a host of awards for her turn as Mildred in the acclaimed film - including the Oscars, Golden Globes and Critics Choice awards.

Actor Bill Paxton dies aged 61

Hollywood actor Bill Paxton – best known for his roles in Apollo 13 and Titanic – has died at the age of 61.

In a statement, the actor’s family said he passed away as a result of complications following surgery.

Paxton, a Texas native, became a favourite of director James Cameron through the 1980s and 1990s, appearing in films such as The Terminator and Aliens as well as Titanic.