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  • How did David Beckham's 40th birthday turn into a Spice Girls reunion?

    David Beckham’s 40th birthday celebration in Marrakesh seems to have turned into a bit of a Spice Girls reunion, at least based on the pictures he and his wife put on Instagram. Victoria Beckham posted images today on the social network showing her with former bandmates Mel C, Geri Halliwell and Emma Bunton. Ex-Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria, food writer Tana Ramsey, and model and actress Denise Vasi are also in the pictures, which show them having what looks like a great time at some Moroccan venue.

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  • Rio Ferdinand's 'wonderful wife and soulmate' passes away

    Rio Ferdinand’s wife Rebecca has died following a short battle with cancer. “My soulmate slipped away last night,” the QPR defender said in a statement. Former Manchester United centre-back and England captain Ferdinand, who won 81 caps for his country, expressed gratitude to the staff at the Royal Marsden Hospital. “I would also like to express my gratitude for the dedication and expertise of the staff led by Professors Johnstone and Clarke at the Royal Marsden.

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  • 150,000 mortgage holders have option to switch for better rates: Harris

    Junior Finance Minister Simon Harris has warned banks to "cop on", or face losing hundreds of customers looking for better rates. Bank Of Ireland and Ulster Bank said they had no plans to do likewise. "Banks need to realise if they don't cop on, and if they try to extort their customers, their customers are going to get up and go somewhere else," Mr Harris said. "The Government needs to foster competition (and to) present, through the Central Bank, honest data of what exactly the gap is, and we need to start seeing phased reductions.

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  • Britain's Got Talent: Five dancing middle-aged men steal the show

    A group of dancing dads and grandads provided the biggest surprise in the fourth episode of series 9 of Britain’s Got Talent. Old Men Grooving, five balding blokes wearing woolly jumpers, managed to trick everyone including Simon Cowell by starting slow but then erupting into a mash up of hit songs including James Brown’s Get Up and Eminem’s The Real Slim Shady. And Simon Cowell added: “I was not expecting that but you tricked me.

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  • Chelsea's starting XI ranked in order of their contribution to the Premier League title win

    Chelsea have won the title with one of the most settled sides in the Premier League. The Brazil midfielder is the only player from Chelsea’s first-choice XI who you feel is still some way short of his potential. It would be harsh to call Cahill the weak link in Chelsea’s defence – clearly it doesn’t have a weak link – but he is the one most likely to lose his place, especially with Kurt Zouma emerging so rapidly. It’s been between Courtois and David De Gea for the Premier League’s best goalkeeper this season.

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  • Why the new royal baby would probably make a better monarch than Prince George

    Just hold on before you lock us in the Tower and throw away the key! This may sound like treason, but it’s treason grounded in cold, hard historical fact. The basic theory is that, historically, monarchs who weren’t born under the assumption they

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  • Ireland’s digital dilemma – this is still a tale of two economies

    Ireland’s contribution to, and dependence on, the global economy is greatly underestimated in its own country. Aside from the tens of thousands of people who work in technology or are in some way linked to it, the evidence is there that knowledge and understanding of the digital economy, and e-commerce in particular, hasn’t really pervaded the general mindset or zeitgeist of the business classes. According to the Second UPC Report on Ireland’s Digital Economy, published last year, the internet economy in Ireland employed the full-time equivalent of 49,000 people in 2012 and more than 150,000 new jobs could be created in the area by 2020. The value of Ireland’s internet economy is forecast to grow from its current level of €8.4bn to an estimated €21.1bn by 2020, with consumer spending contributing 60pc (€13bn) to this figure.

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  • Our wedding story: 'Growing up in Ireland I never thought that I could have a wedding day'

    Roger Wheeler and Mike Wall Shortly after meeting in Dublin during Easter 2004, Mike Wall and Roger Wheeler began travelling between Galway and Brighton to see each other. A few months in, Mike moved to the UK.

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  • Brian Lenihan's family criticises Trichet over phone call

    Mary O’Rourke says the former finance minister did receive a call ordering him to ‘save the banks’

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  • the IRISH NEWS: Published 05/03/2015 - Alienation radicalising young British Muslims

    JIHADI John, the ridiculous almost comic book name given to the masked Islamic State fighter named recently as Mohammed Emwazi, is public enemy number one. A recording of Emwazi talking to the campaign group Cage has emerged where he discusses his fear of being set up by MI5 who tried to recruit him as an agent in 2009. The 26-year-old claims that members of British intelligence approached him at an airport and knew personal details of his life. Some would say this indicates that Emwazi had already come to the attention of MI5 through his actions in the UK and therefore was a danger to the public.

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  • Kate and William present their daughter

    The UK's Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have presented their new baby daughter to the world. As the world caught the first glimpse of the tiniest member of the royal family, William and Kate spent a few minutes on the steps of the private maternity wing before returning into the hospital. The Duchess, wearing a yellow dress, held the tiny princess, who appeared to be asleep wearing a bonnet and wrapped in a shawl, and waved to the crowd. The Duke and Duchess did not speak to the crowd but released a statement earlier thanking everyone for their warm wishes.

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  • Crusheen man wants billboard removed

    Michael Hickey believes the billboard at the railway bridge is no longer relevant and that it is having a negative impact on the look of the village. “I was moved to start the petition after passing the billboard on foot with my kids and seeing the torn pieces of posters strewn all over the briars and gathered behind the stone wall at the foot of the billboard,” he said. The poster currently on the billboard is one advertising Clare County Council’s own ‘Respect the Banner’ anti-litter campaign. “It is a joke at the moment because there is an anti-litter poster on the billboard and there are lumps of torn poster up in the briars,” Mr Hickey added.

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  • SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Suddenly you can't escape Diana's niece, Lady Kitty Spencer - Big News Network

    Big News Network - The gleaming blonde hair and piercing blue eyes are eerily familiar. They belong to Lady ...

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  • IS militants open first five-star hotel for fighters in Iraq

    Islamic State (IS) militants have opened its first five-star hotel for fighters in need of rest and recreation in war-ravaged Iraq. The Ninawa Hotel's 262 rooms have been reserved for visiting commanders but it will be opened for weddings so that jihadi brides can marry fighters. IS had earlier closed down all hotels in its captured regions of Syria and Iraq.

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  • Friendly face a huge success for Ryanair, says Michael O'Leary

    Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary admits the airline would have ditched its cold and inflexible approach years ago if they had realised the positive spin-offs. Crews and passengers are happier now, with a 5% increase in load factor, Mr O’Leary told flightglobal.com interviewer David Learmount. Ryanair is looking to expand its present fleet of 309 Boeing 737-800s to 550 aircraft, carrying 160m passengers, by 2024. Mr O’Leary said a major part of expansion plans is to set up Ryanair operations at Europe’s “major bases”, undercutting EasyJet and legacy carriers in their home territory.

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  • New York City named world's best for young people to live in

    There is good news for young people residing in New York City or planning to move to the city as it has been named top city for youth. According to a survey, the New York City grabbed the top spot in the world's top 55 cities for youth list followed by London and Berlin, News.com.au reported. Sonja Miokovic, co-founder of Youthful Cities said that half of the world's population is under 30 years old and half now live in cities and youth and cities especially the largest ones will together shape the future of the planet. San Francisco, Paris, Toronto grabbed the next three spots in the survey conducted of over 10,000 people.

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  • Islamic State militants reportedly kill 300 Yazidi captives

    Islamic State militants are reported to have killed at least 300 captive Yazidis at a prison camp in northern Iraq, the latest mass killing carried out by the extremists targeting the sect. Yazidi politician Mahma Khalil said 25 people had been shot dead.

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  • Dave Goldberg, husband of Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, dies at 47

    Dave Goldberg, head of survey company SurveyMonkey and husband of Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, has died aged 47. The company did not disclose the cause of death. Mr Goldberg and Sheryl Sandberg had two children.

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  • Lily Allen's style evolution: from prom dresses and trainers to Chanel bags and Louboutins

    From a scruffy young songstress with a penchant for neon eyeshadow, trainers and ballgowns to a Chanel-toting, Louboutin-wearing yummy mummy, Lily Allen’s been on quite a style journey since bursting onto the music scene almost 10 years ago. To celebrate the sassy singer’s 30th birthday, we bring you Lily Allen’s style file – a look at the good, the bad and the ugly ensembles she’s donned over the years. After her demos clocked up tens of thousands of hits on Myspace, Lily was suddenly projected into the public eye aged 21. Labelled by tabloids as Keith Allen’s potty-mouthed, hard-drinking diva daughter, Lily was keen to reject the typical pop princess look and carve out her own distinctive style.

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