Evening top 5: Turkish authorities close in on News Year's Eve gunman; government urged to pause repossessions

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Turkish authorities "close to identifying Istanbul gunman" responsible for nightclub attack

Turkish officials say they are close to identifying the gunman who killed 39 people in a New Year attack on an Istanbul nightclub.

Deputy prime minister Numan Kurtulmus said authorities have the fingerprints and a basic description of the assailant who fled the scene after the massacre.

It comes as eight suspects were held in the country over the atrocity at the Reina club in the early hours of New Year's morning which has since been claimed by Islamic State.

Earlier, Turkish media reported that the gunman, who shot dead 39 people and injured 69 others, is not one of those in custody.

At least 32 dead following car bomb attack in Baghdad

At least 32 people have been killed in a bomb blast in Iraq this morning. 

A suicide car bomb in a densely-populated neighbourhood of Sadr City in Baghdad has left dozens of others wounded. 

It is the second major attack in three days in the Iraqi capital. 

28 people were killed on Sunday after two blasts targeted a busy market in the Sinak neighborhood.

Government urged to pause home repossessions amid concern over legal process

The co-leader of the Social Democrats has called on the government to introduce a temporary pause on home repossessions following revelations that the legal process may be flawed.

The Master of the High Court, Edmund Honohan has told The Irish Times that thousands of Circuit Court orders granting home repossessions may be open to challenge as the courts are not correctly applying the law.

He said the majority of repossession orders in the Circuit Courts are granted by county registrars who “should not be dealing with these cases at all,” as they do not have the legal training or discretion to apply EU law.

Israeli Prime Minister interrogated amid corruption allegations

Police are reportedly questioning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his official residence in Jerusalem over allegations of corruption. 

Local media outlets are reporting that the investigation stems from suspicions Mr. Netanyahu inappropriately received expensive gifts from two businessmen. 

According to local reports, the questioning by senior police investigators began on Monday evening and is expected last several hours.  

Liverpool falter at Sunderland as Aguero comes to the rescue for City

Liverpool's title hopes were dealt a pretty substantial blow on Monday afternoon, twice relinquishing their lead away to strugglers Sunderland and settling for just a point at the Stadium of Light. 

Everton made the most of their recent good form with a 3-0 win over Southampton who now have lost their last three games on the bounce.

Manchester City will bemoan Fernandinho's discipline after today's 2-1 win over Burnley. The Brazilian picked up his third red card in his last six games. Sergio Aguero scored the winner after being dropped from the starting line-up this afternoon.