Evening top 5: Berlin crash suspect released; reports that explosion at fireworks factory in Mexico injures 60

The top stories this evening...

Police are hunting the driver of the lorry that ploughed into a busy Christmas market in Berlin as Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

The terrorist group said one of its "soldiers" carried out Monday evening's deadly crash "in response to calls for targeting citizens of the crusader coalition".

It comes as officers released without charge the only person arrested over the atrocity - a Pakistani asylum seeker.

Prosecutors said there was not enough evidence to link him to the rampage in which 12 people were killed in the German capital.


An explosion has reportedly taken place at one of Mexico's most popular fireworks markets.

Huge plumes of smoke can be seen coming from the site in Tultepec, on the northern outskirts of the capital.

Local media are reporting up to 60 people have been injured.


The receivers for Apollo House have moved to have a group of homeless people and campaigners removed from the Dublin city building.

Their application for an injunction to have the NAMA owned building vacated is due to be heard tomorrow morning.

The receiver says the building is in poor condition and doesn't meet the requirements of homeless people.

Rosie Leonard from the Home Sweet Home campaign said they’re "not concerned" about the receivers comments that the building is unsafe.


The family of a man killed by the manager of an internet cafe said they're disappointed with the six year sentence handed down today.

Zhen Dong Zhao of South William Street in Dublin pleaded guilty to the manslaugther of Noel Fegan in May 2011.

The court heard Mr Fegan was attacked during a row over payment for a 70c phone call.

Mr Fegan's family afterwards said they didn't feel like justice had been done.


The Central Bank said it could have acted more quickly to stop mortgage customers being unfairly treated by banks.

It's emerged that one in every 50 mortgage customers might have been moved off their tracker mortgage and onto a more expensive variable rate.

The bank also said it's not sure if it has the legal powers to punish banks for any wrongdoing that took place before 2013.

Central Bank governor Philip Lane said the bank would have acted more quickly, but it was handcuffed by a related court case it was already taking against Bank of Ireland.