Morning top 5: Berlin death toll rises; Russian 'punishment' after shooting; and domestic violence bill

The top stories this Tuesday morning

12 people are now known to have died and around 50 are injured after a lorry crashed into a Christmas market in Berlin.

The suspected driver is being questioned by police, while authorities have confirmed another man was found dead in the vehicle.

German authorities admit there are "many signs" it was intentional - while the White House says it appears to have been a terror attack.


The Taoiseach Enda Kenny  and Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan have extended condolences to those affected by the incident in Berlin.

Minister Flanagan is urging Irish citizens in the city to make contact with their families - while anyone here worried about Irish people in Berlin can call his Department on +353-1-408-2000.

Meanwhile Mr Kenny has also condemned the murder of Russia's Ambassador to Turkey - and the attack on worshippers in Zurich yesterday evening.

The Taoiseach says these acts of violence have no place in society and constitute an attack on our fundamental values.


Russian authorities insist there will be punishment after the country's ambassador to Turkey was assassinated at an art exhibition.

Andrei Karlov was shot while giving a speech at the event in the capital Ankara.

Turkey's leader President Erdogan says the two countries are united in their stance on the attack.


Two new housing units are being opened today in Limerick by the Dublin-based charity, the Peter McVerry Trust.

For the first time in the charity's 37-year history, the trust is helping the homeless outside the capital.

It is part of a €2.5m investment that will also see 40 housing units across Limerick city and county by the end of next year.


New laws to combat domestic violence will be discussed at Cabinet today.

Under the proposals, victims living with their attacker will be able to get barring orders lasting for up to eight days.

And if a case goes to court, a range of supports would be put in place for victims.

Tánaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald is bringing the proposed Domestic Violence Bill to the ministers' meeting this morning.