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  • FF will not go into Government with SF ‘under any circumstances’

    Micheál Martin has said Fianna Fáil will not go into Government with Sinn Féin “under any circumstances”. Mr Martin said he also will not go into Coalition with Fine Gael. Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams called Fianna Fáil’s stance as a “mistake”. He said this position made Fianna Fáil irrelevant in the general election and said Sinn Féin would enter Government as the largest party. Speaking during TV3’s leader debate on Thursday night, Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and Labour leader Joan Burton said their proposition to the electorate was to re-elect the current Government. Mr Adams has said the party’s proposals to abolish the Special Criminal Court is one they have long held and insisted it was

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  • What issues do you care about most in #GE16

    Everyone's talking about the first leaders debate so we thought you shoud be given the opportunity to have your say. The debate between Enda Kenny, Joan Burton, Micheal Martin and Gerry Adams threw up many claims and counter claims, much heat and perhaps not as much light ... but what did you make of it? Are you any the wiser as to the issues that matter to you? Do you think debates of this nature are useful? Was it handled fairly? Did someone emerge victorious? What are the issues you'd like to see addressed on the second debate? Are you annoyed at any claims that were made? So many questions. So let's hear some of your opinions.   Feel free to leave a comment below and vote in our two polls.

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  • South Korea to shut down joint industrial park with North Korea

    Japan also followed the suit and imposed sanctions against North Korea amid growing regional tension after North Korea recently launched a rocket to put a satellite in orbit which is being suspected of actually being a ballistic missile test. South Korea accused the North of using hard currency from the Kaesong Industrial Complex to develop its nuclear and missile programmes. South Korea's Unification Ministry, which handles inter-Korean relations, said it would "completely shut down" operations at the industrial park, which sits just north of the demilitarized zone that separates North and South Korea. The complex was opened in 2004 when the divided rival neighbours had friendly inter-Korean

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  • Japan announces new sanctions on North Korea over rocket launch

    Japan announces new sanctions on North Korea over rocket launch - South Korea says it will shut

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  • Tougher sanctions against North Korea approved by US Senate

    The Senate approved the bill 96-0 after lawmakers repeatedly denounced Pyongyang for flouting international law by pursuing nuclear weapons. The House of Representatives passed a similar legislation last month. Differences between the two bills are expected to be resolved quickly and Senate Democrats said they expected President Barack Obama would sign the measure into law as the White House has not threatened a veto. Senator Bob Menendez, who is the co-author of the bill with Cory Gardner, said for too long North Korea has been dismissed as a strange country run by irrational leaders. "It's time to take North Korea seriously," Menendez said. The bill targets North Korea's ability to finance

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  • South Korea retaliates for missile test by shutting down industrial centre in North

    South Korea retaliates for missile test by shutting down industrial centre in North The Telegraph

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  • World briefs South Korea shuts down joint complex

    World briefs: South Korea shuts down joint complex Post-Gazette Thursday 11th February, 2016

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  • Mumbai face Punjab in exciting HIL tie

    Mumbai started their campaign on a wrong note after losing four back-to-back matches but came back strongly thereafter winning all three to keep their semi-final hopes alive. The team is placed fifth with 19 points in the standings from seven games, having won three and lost four. Whereas the visitors are also in good form and are fourth with 22 points, having won four and lost four from eight games. Mumbai come into Friday's match after hammering home side Delhi Waveriders 8-3 while Warriors lost their last match 1-4 to hosts Uttar Pradesh Wizards. Warriors' squad is a perfect mix of the most talented 12 Indian and seven Australian players with Mark Gleghorne being the sole Englishman in the

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  • Odd-even scheme to return April 15-30 Kejriwal

    He told a news conference that this was decided following feedback from the people of Delhi in the wake of the January 1-15 experiment which he and his ministers said had proved to be a hit. "The next phase of the odd-even scheme will start from April 15," he said, adding that two-wheelers and women motorists would continue to be exempted. He said the scheme cannot be implemented on a permanent basis in Delhi -- home to nearly 90 lakh vehicles -- till public transport was in a position to cope with all those who would take to it. "If we implement the scheme on the nearly 30 lakh two-wheelers, there will be chaos." Kejriwal said the Delhi government was discussing whether the scheme -- under which

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  • Facebook announces auto captioning video updates for ads

    "Creatively, mobile video draws on the craft skills and experience we have developed as an industry building for film, TV and the traditional web and compresses them into a new form designed to immediately connect with an audience," Mark D'Arcy, chief creative officer, creative shop of Facebook, said in a statement. The new tool generates captions for video ads and delivers them to the advertiser within the ad creation tool to review, edit and save to their video ad. The other updates include reporting and buying options for video ads. Advertisers will now be able to see the percentage of people who have viewed their videos with sound globally. In a research, Facebook found that when feed-based

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  • Russia Warns US Over Deployment Of Missile System To South Korea

    In a February 10 statement, the Foreign Ministry accused Washington of using Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests as a pretext to expand its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. China has also argued that the deployment of the THAAD system to South Korea would undermine regional stability. South Korean and U.S. defense officials said they would begin formal talks on the deployment of the THAAD system to counter the growing threat of North Korea's weapons capabilities, after Pyongyang's launch of a long-range rocket into space on February 7. Based on reporting by AFP, TASS, and Interfax

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  • Japan enforces new guidelines for human pyramids in schools

    Building human pyramids, known as Kumitaiso in Japan, is a popular and long-standing practice in Japanese schools but has come under fire after an incident in September 2015 left several students injured. The incident occurred in Osaka when a 10-story human pyramid collapsed during a junior high school's sports festival injuring five students and leaving one with a broken arm. City government in Osaka responded to the incident by creating new guidelines that limited the size of human pyramids to five students and human towers, which feature the student on top standing, to three. Osaka is now seeking to have the practice banned entirely as other areas are filing with the Japan Sport Council to

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  • Politics rsaquo Japan announces new sanctions against North Korea

    Politics › Japan announces new sanctions against North Korea Japan Today Thursday 11th February

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  • Ryan Phillippe Omar Epps to star in USA Network Shooter series

    Ryan Phillippe and Omar Epps will play the leads in the small-screen adaptation, which is a joint venture by Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions. John Hlavin wrote the first episode and will also executive produce the series, while Simon Cellan Jones directed the pilot. Phillippe will star as Bob Lee Swagger, "an expert marksman living in exile who is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the president," press notes said. Epps plays Isaac Johnson, "an ex-Marine and former commanding officer of Swagger. Now a Secret Service Agent, he solicits Swagger's expertise for a clandestine operation that has disastrous results." "Shooter is an uncompromising exploration

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  • Indian filmmakers look forward to next edition of IFFLA

    Since its inception in 2003, IFFLA has spotted numerous talented indie filmmakers through their critically acclaimed films much before the rest of the world discovered them. Notable films showcased at IFFLA include Kashyap's "Black Friday", Nishikant Kamat's "Dombivli Fast", Vishal Bhardwaj's "Maqbool", and several career-defining short films including Ritesh Batra's "Gareeb Nawaz's Taxi", Raam Reddy's "Ika", Neeraj Ghaywan's "Shor", Umesh Kulkarni's "Girni", and Shlok Sharma's "Tubelight Ka Chand" to name a few. Kashyap credits the film fest for giving him global acclaim, and a new lease of life in showbiz. "Getting the film noticed helped me a lot to gain credibility back home in India. IFFLA

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  • UAE focuses on happiness with projects and indices

    Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced on Twitter Wednesday that his new cabinet includes first-ever "minister of state for happiness". The announcement, at least it appears, was not to make just headlines like Dubai's wacky plans of man-made island shaped like palm trees and a map of the world. The prime minister insisted that happiness was more than a wish and would be guided by "plans, projects, programs (and) indices". And to top the icing on the cake, the job was given to a woman. Ohood Al Roumi, who is director-general of the prime minister's office, has been nominated as the happiness minister. She will also continue with her earlier role. Roumi was recently selected

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  • 1982-A Love Marriage 1942-A Love Story poles apart Amitkumar Sharma

    "We have been pestered by comparisons with '1942-A Love Story' since the time we announced that our film will be titled '1982-A Love Marriage'. Yes, the title is similar and our film is also a period love story but that's where the comparisons end... the story is poles apart," Sharma told IANS. Sharma plays a character who is overenthusiastic about love marriage in the film and even watches Kumar Gaurav's "Love Story" 22 times. When he eventually has an arranged marriage, he gets disheartened, but as seen in the trailer, he jumps with joy, when after several instances he believes that it is a love marriage with his wife. "Frankly speaking, getting associated with a film such as '1942-A Love Story'

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  • Spain Court orders puppeteers freed

    The decision came after prosecutors recommended setting them free but ordering them to hand in their passports and report to the court daily while the investigation continues. The puppeteers were detained without bail last Friday for using a sign during their performance saying, "Long Live Alka ETA," a word-play reference to Spain's armed Basque group ETA and al-Qaeda. Praising terrorism has been a crime in Spain since 1995. The satirical theatre piece funded by Madrid's city government also featured the hanging of a judge's effigy and police beatings, prompting parents attending with children to complain. Spain's caretaker national government run by the conservative Popular Party backed the

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  • Social Media Reunites Homeless Man With Family He Hasnt Seen in 40 Years

    Social Media Reunites Homeless Man With Family He Hasn’t Seen in 40 Years Huffington Post Thursday

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  • McEntee one of the best - Keaney

    McEntee one of the best - Keaney11 February 2016 Andy McEntee manages Ballyboden St Enda's in their Dublin SFC final win over St Vincents ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan Conal Keaney has described Ballyboden boss Andy McEntee as one of the best managers that he has ever worked under. The pair are currently gearing up for the Dublin champions’ All-Ireland club SFC semi-final showdown with Clonmel Commericials this Saturday and needless to say Keaney is delighted that he was persuaded to continue his dual club commitments. “Andy kept at us and kept at us to come back, ‘just come along to a training session’ and when you come along then he nearly sticks the boots on you himself. Next thing you know you’re

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