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Irishman arrested in Spain after body is found in suitcase

An Irishman has been arrested following the discovery of part of a man’s body inside a suitcase in a street rubbish container in Barcelona.

The 51-year-old was held along with a second man described as a Ukrainian in connection with the gruesome find.

The unnamed Irishman has been remanded in prison on suspicion of homicide after appearing before a judge in a closed court hearing, it emerged on Tuesday.

The second man has been released on bail.

Rents up 82 per cent in last 12 years

Average rents in the State have increased by more than 82 per cent in the past 12 years, the third-highest increase in the European Union.

The average increase across the EU between 2010 and the second quarter of this year was 18 per cent, according to figures by Eurostat contained in the latest housing market monitor published by the Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI).

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Analysis in the monitor report concluded that housing supply would have to increase substantially to affect soaring prices.

The monitor shows that there was “significant” growth in mortgage drawdown values this year – the highest value for the July-September period since 2008.

Shots fired in Carlow estate

Gardaí are investigating a shooting incident which took place in Co Carlow on Monday evening.

At approximately 6pm, a number of short were fired at a house in the Laurels Estate on Tullow Road in Carlow town.

Gardaí said a window to the front of the property was damaged during the incident, but no injuries were reported.

It is understood that those responsible for the shots fled the scene in a car.

Lawsuit filed with ICC over killing of Palestinian-American journalist

Al Jazeera on Tuesday said it has filed a lawsuit at the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Israeli forces over the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was shot during an Israeli raid in the West Bank in May.

The lawsuit following an investigation by the television news network's legal team, Al Jazeera said on Twitter.

The ICC must identify the individuals who were directly involved Abu Akleh's killing, Al Jazeera lawyer Rodney Dixon KC told a news conference in The Hague on Tuesday.

"The rulings of the International Criminal Court stipulate that those responsible be investigated and held accountable. Otherwise, they bear the same responsibility as if they were the ones who opened fire," Dixon said.

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