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  • X Factor will never be the same again after this news

    Get rid of Cheryl, get rid of Simon, we’d even trade in Olly Murs - just not this guy. Peter Dickson is leaving the X Factor after 11 years. For those of you who are not familiar with his name, Peter Dickson is the famous X Factor voiceover artist that makes the hair stand on the backs on our necks. The news comes ahead of the show's 12th series, which has received a huge revamp following the departures of judges Louis Walsh and Mel B - who have been replaced by Rita Ora and Rick Grimshaw - and host Dermot O'Leary - who is being replaced by Olly Murs and Caroline Flack.

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  • 'No evidence' that remains of girl found in Australia are those of Madeleine McCann

    There is "absolutely no evidence" that the remains of a young girl found by a suitcase in Australia are those of Madeleine McCann, an Australian Police official has said. The decomposed body of a young, fair-haired girl aged between two and four, who was killed in at least 2007, was discovered in a suitcase next to a remote motorway in Wynarka near Adelaide in South Australia earlier this month. British police officers investigating the Madeleine McCann disappearance have contacted Australian authorities over the discovery, Scotland Yard said.

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  • Jennifer Lopez - Is it time to cover up?

    Jennifer Lopez celebrated her 46th birthday at the weekend, wearing a daring little black dress with cut-out and see-through panels. Certainly no wallflower, J-Lo has always been proud of her enviable curves, and done her best to flaunt them at any given opportunity. And the diva certainly showed no signs of changing, as she snuggled up to her 28-year-old on/off toyboy boyfriend Casper Smart and cavorted on the dancefloor at the New York club in the fitted dress that appeared to show off more than it covered up. So, as she enters her late 40s, should J-Lo be thinking about opting for outfits with a little more material and a slightly more demure style?

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  • ISIS militant 'Jihadi John' flees terror group

    British terrorist belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), popularly known as Jihadi John, has fled the militant network and gone on the run in Syria, according to reports.

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  • WATCH: Pirlo tells his ‘keeper exactly where Kaka will aim free-kick

    Former AC Milan team-mates Andrea Pirlo and Kaka were reunited in the MLS at the weekend, and at least one of them was willing to use his inside knowledge for his team’s advantage. Pirlo made his debut for New York City on Sunday against Orlando City, the team Kaka joined in 2014. The pair, who won the Champions League together in 2007, shared a friendly greeting when Pirlo came on as a second-half substitute. The Italian legend may have been pleased to see Kaka, but he was also happy to use his knowledge of the Brazilian to help his new side.

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  • Eircom and Vodafone convicted of overcharging customers

    Eircom and Vodafone have been convicted and fined for ripping off customers who continuously received overcharged bills. Following an investigation by industry watchdog ComReg, the telecom giants, along with Three Ireland, pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to charges under Section 45 of the Communications Act. Vodafone was fined €10,000, and Eircom received fines totalling €21,000 after they each pleaded guilty to seven charges.

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  • Katie Hopkins: Use euthanasia vans on old people

    Katie Hopkins is “super-keen on euthanasia vans” and says there are “far too many old people”. The media personality – who launches her own panel show If Katie Hopkins Ruled The World next month – said it is “ridiculous” to live in a country “where we can put dogs to sleep but not people”. Her comments come shortly after she admitted regretting some of the extreme language she used against migrants in a column she wrote in The Sun entitled ”Rescue boats?

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  • Who is Gigi Hadid? Here are six things you need to know

    Gigi already has an impressive career. But there’s more to the 20-year-old model than you may think.

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  • Ireland's standard of living below EU average

    The standard of living experienced by Irish citizens is below the EU average, despite Ireland having the second highest GDP among the 28 member states. Using a new measure used to determine household wealth, Eurostat, the EU’s statistics office, has found that the Irish standard of living per inhabitant in 2014 was 10% below the EU average, and on a par with per capita living standards in Spain and Cyprus, but below those of Italy. At the same time, price levels in Ireland were the fifth highest among the EU’s 28 member states. In GDP terms, Ireland comes second after Luxembourg, at 32% above the EU-28 average, followed by the Netherlands at 30%.

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  • Five superstar signings who could be Man Utd's marquee man

    Louis van Gaal’s admission that Manchester United need a player with “speed and creativity” opens the debate as to who the Dutchman may pursue. United have done plenty of business already this summer but Van Gaal’s stated admiration of game-changing players in the mould of Gareth Bale and Arjen Robben, and even Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, shows he has not yet settled on his current squad. We look at some possible contenders to be United’s marquee signing.

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  • Ordinary hero Ed Sheeran rocks Croke Park

    A scruffy young man with a grab-bag of agreeably shaggy tunes, Ed Sheeran is surely the least likely candidate ever for stadium rock stardom.

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  • Vicar refuses to sell English country pub to George Clooney

    If you found George Clooney pulling pints at your local pub, you’d probably do a double take. But it seems the 54-year-old has ambitions to own the “greatest pub in the world” – if it wasn’t for divine intervention. The Tomorrowland actor and his wife Amal Alamuddin have become regulars at the Bull Inn in Sonning-on-Thames, Berkshire, after buying a £10 million manor house in the village. But the country pub is owned by nearby St Andrew’s Church, and the vicar has vowed never to let it change hands, explaining: “It’s been in the church for 600 years.

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  • A profile ofthe wonderfulJK Rowling as she turns 50

    A profile of JK Rowling as she turns 50

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    Few people realize these stocks exist. But many of the richest, most successful investors have been cashing in on them for decades. Now you can too...

  • Navy ship LÉ William Butler Yeats to arrive in 2016

    THE latest addition to the Naval Service fleet, which is due to arrive this time next year, will be captained by an officer who lives in Glanmire, Co Cork. Lieutenant Commander Eric Timon, who is originally from Howth, Co Dublin will take command of the newly-built LÉ William Butler Yeats. Lt Comdr Timon, who is an avid hillwalker and marathon runner, joined the Naval Service in 1992. After being commissioned two years later, he completed the International Sub Lieutenants course with the Royal Navy in Britannia Royal Naval College and was awarded his Naval Watchkeeping Certificate.

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  • Pro-gay faith groups say Catholic Primate meeting ‘important’

    Member of delegation says Archbishop Martin concerned about pastoral care of gay persons

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  • Lesser Spotted Ireland: ‘Everyone who comes to Donegal falls in love with it’

    Instead I drive on to Killybegs, another 30 minutes up the road. This southwest region of Donegal is my favourite refuge, to rest, or be alone, or fall in love. I park on the street outside the Bay View Hotel in Killybegs and ask Holly at reception if she has a room.

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  • Child's body found in search for missing seven-year-old

    UK detectives looking for a seven-year-old boy who vanished after playing with friends in a park have found the body of a child on a construction site. South Yorkshire Police believe the body to be that of Conley Thompson, from Barnsley in England, who was last seen on Sunday evening playing with friends a mile away from the construction site. Conley’s family have been informed. Detective Inspector Victoria Short leading the investigation said: “We deployed our full resources with officers searching throughout the night to find Conley and we are deeply saddened by this tragic development.

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  • Gardaí uncover animal cruelty at Carlow farm

    Gardaí uncover animal cruelty at Carlow farm

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  • Paper Review: Man Utd eye Galactico, £26m Chelsea bid, Wenger unsure on Arsenal star - Irish Daily Star

    STARSPORT take a look at this morning’s papers. THE SUN: Louis van Gaal still has his eyes on a Galactico signing for Manchester United despite splashing the cash this summer.DAILY STAR: Roy Hodgson is said to be fuming after the Football Association delayed contract talks with his current deal set to expire in 2016. DAILY ...

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  • Three arrested after Carlow puppy farm raid

    Three people have been arrested after a raid of Co Carlow puppy farm in April which saw 362 animals rescued. Gardaí said a man and two women, all aged in their 40s, were arrested this morning as part of an animal cruelty and neglect investigation which arose from the discovery of 351 dogs and 11 horses at the farm in Myshall. The nine-day rescue operation involving gardaí, the Irish Society for the Protection of Animals (ISPCA) and Carlow County Council was of an “unprecedented scale”, representatives from the ISPCA said at the time.

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