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  • Man who died in London Tube accident was trying to save his brother

    A British man died after being hit by a Tube train as he tried to save his brother, who had fallen on to the tracks. The 35-year-old from London was trying to pull his 32-year-old brother to safety at London Underground’s Old Street station when they were both struck. British Transport Police (BTP) said they are not treating the incident as suspicious, adding that it appeared to be a “tragic accident”. The London man was taken to the Royal London Hospital, where he later died. q
  • Sir Roger Moore denies being racist over James Bond comment

    Sir Roger Moore has hit back at allegations he made a racist comment when asked about Idris Elba being a future James Bond. The 87-year-old actor, who played the British secret agent 007 in seven films between 1973 and 1985, reportedly made the comments to French magazine Paris Match in an interview, titled Idris Elba: The Next Bond. According to Screen Daily, Sir Roger was quoted as saying: “Several years ago I said Cuba Gooding Jr would make an excellent Bond, but that was a joke. “Even though James has been played by a Scotsman, a Welshman and an Irishman, I think he has to remain English-English. q
  • EU takes Ireland to task on postcode tendering

    The European Commission has described Ireland’s response to its findings on the flawed Eircode tendering process as “unclear” and “not satisfactory”. The commission had ruled that the State wrongly excluded small and medium enterprises from competing for the contract to provide Ireland’s new postcodes by imposing a turnover limit on companies eligible to tender for the project. While the commission did not impose any sanctions on the State or ask that the Department of Communications rerun the tender, it did ask that the department would introduce measures to ensure similar mistakes are avoided in the future.

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  • Ireland in danger of being left behind next summer by nearest neighbours

    The mood in the Republic of Ireland camp may, as you’d expect, still be upbeat despite the points dropped to Poland but any supporters who took particular pleasure from their team having been the only one from this neck of the woods to make it to the World Cup in America in 1994 could do worse than start getting themselves used to the idea that the tables might be turned next summer. England now look to be virtual certainties to be at the European Championships in France but Northern Ireland and Wales are currently in pretty decent positions to make it too while in Group D, Scotland have a significant advantage over Martin O’Neill’s side and, though it counts for little at this stage, presently sit at the top of a tightly packed pile of third-placed teams, a status that would gain them automatic qualification if they could retain it up until the end of the year. Favourites Ireland, meanwhile, are the worst performing second seeds in the competition based on current standing (fourth) in their qualifying group table.

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  • British pilot who killed wife then planned to crash 747 shows airlines weak on mental health: victim’s family - Big News Network

    The case of a British Airways pilot who killed his estranged wife in a hammer attack then planned to crash his jumbo jet ';to make a statement'; shows airlines are not doing enough to monitor the mental conditions of their crews, it was claimed yesterday. Robert Brown, 47, hit his estranged wife Joanna at least 14 times with a claw hammer in 2010, following a bitter and costly divorce battle.

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  • Son of Euromillions winner awaits stables permission

    THE SON of €115m Euromillions winner Dolores McNamara, Gary, will know the outcome of his equestrian plans on April 1. The council is due to make a decision on that date regarding a planning application for the construction of stables and a sand arena. Permission is also sought for an entrance from the public road, garage and 1.8m boundary walls, septic tank and percolation area, at Ruan, Castleconnell. Mr McNamara has extra space after he purchased a parcel of land adjacent to his home.

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  • Niall ‘secretly dating’ ex-Miss Universe contestant; Zayn planning to wed

    Niall Horan enjoyed secret dates with Amy Willerton. The One Direction star is said to have started seeing the British model and former Miss Universe contestant behind closed doors after they met in December last year but the pair were desperate to keep their friendship "under wraps". A source said: "Niall and Amy have done well to keep their friendship under wraps. It is believed the 'Night Changes' hitmaker and Amy, 22, have stayed in contact while One Direction have embarked on their On The Road Again world tour but are yet to discuss whether their secret romance will blossom.

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  • Singapore transport to come to standstill in tribute to Lee

    All Mass Rapid Transit trains will pull to a stop, there will be no aircraft landings and take-offs at airport, and all port activities will come to a grinding halt as Singapore's transport workers pay homage to the city's tallest leader Lee Kuan Yew Sunday afternoon. Singapore's transport sector workers will also observe a minute of silence at 4 p.m. on Sunday as funeral of late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, who died at the age of 91 on Monday after a long battle with pneumonia, is conducted. According to a Singapore government statement, prior to the minute of silence, all Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) trains will pull to a stop at stations and open their doors.

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  • PICTURES: Superstar line-up at Anfield for charity game

    Current and former Liverpool stars and a number of former Premier League opponents took to the field in Anfield yesterday for an All Star charity game. Organised by the Liverpool Foundation and billed as Carragher's XI v. Gerrard's XI - the game was a chance for many former team-mates and foes to say goodbye to club captain Steven Gerrard before he leaves for the MLS in the summer. The match played out in front of a huge crowd at Anfield yesterday afternoon, with both Jamie Carragher and Gerrard having a wealth of talent at their disposal.

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  • Boko Haram 'weakened' but still committing 'horrendous' acts, says UN regional envoy - Irish Sun

    30 March 2015 - As the Security Council met this morning to discuss threats to international peace and security caused by terrorism, top United Nations officials briefed the 15-member body on the impact of Boko Haram in Nigeria and beyond, warning of the group"s intensified violence and brutality. "Though weakened, the group continues to commit horrendous acts against civilians, including against women and children," said Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA). q
  • The Week in Review: RadioShack, American, Toyota steal the headlines - Big News Network

    Big News Network - The RadioShack bankruptcy auction became contentious, with creditors asking for a review of Standard General's ...

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  • Three things we learned from Ireland V Poland

    Liam Brady’s criticism of McCarthy in Saturday’s Irish Examiner shone an even bigger spotlight on the midfielder’s worth to the Irish cause. It’s two years this week since McCarthy gave a masterclass in Stockholm but his input since, mainly due to unavailability, has been meagre. Perhaps the deep role Martin O’Neill assigned him to counteract Poland’s breaks didn’t play to his strengths so apparent in the Everton team.

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  • Top Gear presenters planning to go ahead with live shows in Oz

    Jeremy Clarkson plans to make a Top Gear comeback in Australia in a few weeks. The 54-year-old TV presenter, who was dumped by the BBC last week, plans to travel to Sydney with James May, 52, and Richard Hammond, 45, to host the show in front of 40,000 fans over two days, although he may be forced to scrap the 'Top Gear Live' name. Four tour dates in Norway were scrapped last week after the BBC announced it would not be renewing Clarkson's contract, but the corporation's commercial arm BBC Worldwide could face a huge lawsuit if the events in Australia do not take place.

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  • BBC put director-general under 24-hr guard after ‘death threats’

    Police are investigating threats to kill BBC director-general Tony Hall, reportedly linked to his decision to axe Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson. Scotland Yard confirmed it was looking into allegations made on Wednesday, when Hall confirmed he would not be renewing Clarkson's contract because of his unprovoked attack on producer Oisin Tymon at a North Yorkshire hotel. The Mail on Sunday reported that the director-general - officially crossbench peer Lord Hall of Birkenhead - and wife Cynthia had been under 24-hour guard since the threat was received. A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Police in Westminster are investigating an allegation of threats to kill.

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  • Viewers assure Susanna Reid her glasses have specs appeal

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  • IS beheads eight Shias in Syria

    A new video released by Islamic State (IS) shows its fighters cutting off the heads of eight men said to be Shia Muslims. The video posted on social media said the eight men were beheaded in the central Syrian province of Hama. An IS fighter speaks in the video, using a derogatory term for Shias and calling them “impure infidels”. q
  • Fianna Fáil denies distributing list of children accused of anti-social behaviour

    Fianna Fáil's Justice spokesperson Niall Collins has said that his party was not responsible for distributing a list containing the names of children allegedly involved in anti-social behaviour in Tallaght in Dublin. Deputy Collins was addressing a meeting in the Dublin suburb when the list was distributed. Parents of those named have denied their children are involved in criminal behaviour and are now worried they will be targeted by vigilantes. Deputy Collins said that his party was not behind the list and there was no discussion of its contents at the meeting. q
  • Russian scientists unearth new species of dinosaur

    Scientists claim to have discovered a new species of dinosaur which roamed the earth 100 million years ago. The find was made in Russia when experts discovered fossils encased in rocks on the banks of the Kiya River in Western Siberia in 2008. The rocks could not be removed, so scientists from Tomsk State University extracted fragments of the fossils from the sandstone for examination. Dr Stepan Ivantsov, a scientific researcher in the Laboratory of Mesozoic and Cenozoic Continental Ecosystems, said they originally believed the remains were of a very large herbivore.

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  • Family to fight over Williams estate

    Lawyers for Robin Williams’ wife and children are set for a legal battle over the late comedian’s estate. The lawyers are scheduled to appear before a San Francisco probate judge today, as they argue over who should get clothes and other personal items the actor kept at one his Northern California homes. In papers filed in December, Williams’ wife, Susan, says some of the late actor’s personal items were taken without her permission. q