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  • Islamic State releases video of execution of Syrian soldiers

    The Islamic State group has released a video showing the killing of 25 government soldiers in the historic town of Palmyra in central Syria. The video showed the soldiers being taken in pick-up trucks from the town’s notorious Tadmur prison to the amphitheatre.

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  • Sexism — the game's last great hurdle

    The build-up to this summer’s Women’s World Cup was overshadowed by one thing: a dispute about turf. Many of the most high-profile players, including USA stars Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan, put their weight behind a lawsuit that challenged a decision to play the tournament on artificial pitches at venues across six different Canadian cities. Disillusioned with the responses from the requisite authorities, the players’ lawyer, Hampton Dellinger, made a prediction: “Fifa and the Canadian Soccer Association... will fail to host a discrimination-free tournament,” he said. The key buzzword used in advance of the competition was expansion, and this has been the biggest Women’s World Cup yet, in terms of teams and interest.

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  • There's only one Christy Moore

    When the Irish Examiner was offered an interview with Christy, I knew they didn’t mean Turlington. The photographer is placing Christy here and there to compose his shots and the heat in the giant tent is oppressive.

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  • WATCH: Gay Irish man rings Westboro Baptist Church for advice

    Riyadh K went viral last week with a video of his mother reading his Grindr messages. q
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  • Hero boyfriend overpowers gunman in robbery stand-off

    A 29-year-old man was hailed a hero after bravely overpowering a gunman during a hostage incident in Clare in which a weapon was discharged. The boyfriend suffered a leg injury during the scuffle and was admitted to University Hospital Limerick. The incident took place outside a property at Deer-park, between Sixmilebridge and Shannon. Local councillor Alan O’Callaghan said the move by the 29-year-old “to make a dash and overpower” the gunman “was very brave”.

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  • Hammers take up hurling -

    West Ham United star Mark Noble and James Collins tried their hand at hurling in Cork this week.

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  • Robin Van Persie on verge of move to Fenerbahçe

    The Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie is edging closer to a move to Fenerbahce after reaching an agreement in principle with the Super Lig side. It is understood that Van Persie’s agent, Kees Vos, has been in Istanbul for the past two days, involved in negotiations with the Turkish club to secure a deal.

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  • Public allowed in paddock for princess's baptism

    Britain’s Princess Charlotte will be christened tomorrow in front of Queen Elizabeth II and close family. The nine-week-old baby’s baptism will take place at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, which is walking distance from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Norfolk country mansion. The traditional religious service will welcome guests including the princess’s great-grandparents, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, grandparents the Prince of Wales and Carole and Michael Middleton, step-grandmother the Duchess of Cornwall and Kate’s siblings Pippa and James Middleton.

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  • Just who is Miley Cyrus’s Secret Irish girlfriend? - Irish Sun

    The Department of Social Protection's annual Pre-Budget Forum was held in Dublin Castle on Friday. Nearly forty voluntary and community groups participated in the Forum, which was moderated by Ms Olivia O'Leary. The purpose of the Forum was to provide organisations with an opportunity to discuss their ideas and thoughts on the upcoming Budget. Addressing the Forum, Social Protection Minister Joan Burton told the volunteer community groups, "The work of your organisations makes life more manageable for many people, helping them to cope with their particular circumstances.

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  • Businesses affected by Luas line works feel ‘abandoned’

    A number of Dublin city centre business owners are feeling “abandoned” due to Luas line works amid accusations that road closures could provide a “devastating blow” to revenues, new records have shown. Documents obtained by The Irish Times show Dublin City Council has received complaints from a cross-section of groups and individuals in relation to the €386 million project, ranging from sleepless students to an injured cyclist who said works at College Green compromised their safety.

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  • Postmaster accused of €53k theft

    A former postmaster at Crosshaven post office appeared at Cork District Court yesterday on sample charges arising out of the alleged theft of payments to pensioners using the post office. While the sample charges relate to amounts totalling €2,737, Inspector Bill Duane said it was alleged that “up to €53,000 was stolen during a number of years”. Sergeant Gerard O’Callaghan brought the charges against Adrian O’Driscoll, aged 66, of 4 Carrigdhoun, Waterpark, Carrigaline. Judge Leo Malone asked for an outline of the allegations in the case so that he could determine whether it could be dealt with at the district court or Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

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  • US-led coalition airstrikes kill 10 ISIS militants in Syria's Raqqa

    A series of air strikes carried out by the U.S.-led coalition in the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) stronghold of Raqqa in eastern Syria has killed at least 10 of the group members and injured many others. q
  • 'Atletico fans won't forgive de Gea if he joins Real'

    Former Atletico Madrid defender Tomas Ujfalusi on Saturday warned his ex-teammate David de Gea, saying the club's fans will not forgive the current Manchester United goalkeeper if he joins cross-city rivals Real. De Gea has this week been seen here, increasing speculation he will leave United for Spanish football giants Real. The 24-year-old insisted he was there only to "relax', and "on vacation", but he is a target for Real, who rarely fail in their pursuit of players, reports De Gea joined United from Atletico, where he started his career, for 18.9 million pounds in 2011. q
  • Amanda Seyfried teases 'interesting' relationship with Hugh Jackman in Pan

    Amanda Seyfried has revealed working with Hugh Jackman on Pan was very different to their last collaboration on Les Miserables. In the award-winning musical Hugh and Amanda play father and daughter Jean Valjean and Cosette, but in the Peter Pan sequel Hugh is playing pirate Blackbeard while Amanda is Wendy’s mother Mary Darling. The Ted 2 actress has also been working with her other Les Mis co-star Russell Crowe again. q
  • Hat-trick sees Keane share the limelight at Gerrard’s LA unveiling

    The Los Angeles Galaxy introduced new signing Steven Gerrard to their crowd on Independence Day - but Robbie Keane re-asserted his star billing with a hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Toronto FC. Keane, not to be upstaged, completed his hat-trick on the hour helped by a woeful back-pass before Sebastian Lletget added a late fourth. Elsewhere, Kaka scored but was then sent off as Orlando City drew 1-1 with Real Salt Lake.

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  • CORK DOUBLE 1990: 'The Canon' never lost his faith in Cork hurling

    A PHOTGRAPH from the Irish Examiner archives is instructive. The Canon wears the Cork tracksuit top over his priest’s vestments, shakes hands with Cunningham while O’Gorman reaches for the Canon’s hands.

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  • Film set to tackle 'Irish' abortion

    An independent Irish film staring Ardal O’Hanlon and Pat Shortt is to tackle the topic of abortion in Ireland. Twice Shy is being billed as a modern coming-of-age drama that centres around a young couple who set off on a road trip from Ireland to London as a result of an unplanned pregnancy. Shane Murray Corcoran — whose credits include King Arthur and Angela’s Ashes — plays lead character of Andy O’Meara, whose girlfriend Maggie Collins, played by Iseult Casey, surprises him with the news she is pregnant and wants an abortion.

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  • Caroline Wozniacki sees off Camila Giorgi to match Wimbledon best

    It seems a long time since Caroline Wozniacki sat atop the world rankings for 67 consecutive weeks in 2010 and 2011. On a becalmed No1 Court, she progressed effortlessly to the fourth round with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over the Italian 31st seed, Camila Giorgi. The Dane swatted aside the hard-hitting Giorgi to match her best ever performance at Wimbledon.

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  • Chile stun Argentina to win first ever Copa America

    Chile beat Argentina 4-1 on penalties on home soil last night to win their first ever Copa America title. After a goalless 120 minutes in Santiago, it was Alexis Sanchez's audacious chip from 12 yards that proved to be the winner after Matias Fernandez, Arturo Vidal and Charles Aranguiz had all found the target with powerful efforts. Lionel Messi scored the first penalty for Argentina but Gonzalo Higuain blazed over the bar and Ever Banega's weak spot-kick was saved to leave Argentina without a Copa America title since 1993. q