Morning top 5: Manhunt continues for Berlin lorry suspect; Home Sweet Home group call for meeting with Coveney; Putin to attend ambassador's funeral

The top stories this Thursday morning...

An international manhunt is continuing for a Tunisian man who has been identified as a suspect in the Berlin lorry attack.

12 people died when the truck ploughed into a Christmas market on Monday.

Germany has issued a reward of up to €100,000 to find Anis Amri, who arrived in Germany in July 2015 and is the main suspect in the attack.

German security services have come under fire after it emerged the man was known to the authorities and had been under surveillance.


The group behind the occupation of Apollo House in Dublin have called for the Housing Minister Simon Coveney to visit the site.

Yesterday the High Court granted an injunction to the receivers of the NAMA owned building, ordering homeless campaigners who have been occupying it to vacate by January 11th.

Minister Coveney has said there are sufficient emergency beds in Dublin for anyone sleeping rough who needs one this Christmas.

He said Apollo House is not the answer as it does not provide all the support services that people need.

Home Sweet Home spokesperson, Rosi Leonard said the occupation has become a symbol of a national housing movement.

She said people will no longer accept “excuses” from the authorities over Ireland’s housing crisis.


The Peter McVerry Trust will today open the final 25 beds promised for the Ellis Quay Hostel, in Dublin 7.

It brings the unit to its full capacity of 70 beds before Christmas - after opening on December 9th.

The charity's CEO Pat Doyle says the new service offers high quality, safe and secure accommodation with professional experienced staff.

Meanwhile, the annual Belvedere College 'Sleep Out' is taking place over the next few days in Dublin to raise awareness and funds for the city's homeless.

Over one hundred students, teachers, past pupils and parents will be sleeping out at two locations - outside the Bank of Ireland on College Green, and at the GPO on O'Connell Street.


The funeral for the murdered Russian Ambassador to Turkey will be held in Moscow later.

President Putin will attend the ceremony for Andrei Karlov who was shot dead by an off-duty police officer at an art gallery in Ankara.

The Russian President has cancelled a major annual press conference to attend the service.

The alleged attacker shouted slogans about Aleppo in Syria moments after the shooting.


US President-elect Donald Trump has claimed Monday's attacks in Berlin and Ankara prove he was right to propose a ban on Muslim immigration in the US.

Asked if the attacks had changed his stance on a "complete shutdown" of Muslims entering the US, the President-elect said he was "100% correct" over the proposal.

During the election, his stance prompted a wave of criticism on both sides of the Atlantic, with former Prime Minister David Cameron calling the potential policy, "divisive, stupid and wrong".

Overnight, Mr Trump added that the Berlin Christmas market lorry crash "was an attack on humanity and it's got to be stopped."