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  • Ruling on Irish Water 'a minor setback'

    The Health Minister Leo Varadkar’s description of the EU’s surprise ruling on Irish Water as a “minor setback” has come under fire for being out of touch with reality. The utility’s plans for massive borrowing were thrown into disarray when the agency Eurostat insisted it was not independent of Government debt. The ruling meant money raised on the markets in order to finance an ambitious repair programme would have to be lumped in with State debt. Clare TD Michael McNamara — who hopes to stand again as a Labour candidate in the general election despite having the whip taken away from him for voting against Government policy on the Aer Lingus sell-off — warned Mr Varadkar was not facing facts.

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  • Cilla Black has reportedly died in Spain aged 72

    Cilla Black has died at her home in the south of Spain, according to reports. The former pop star and television presenter, who lived in Estepona on the Costa del Sol, was 72. Several national newspapers quoted a police spokeswoman as saying: “I can confirm the death of British national Priscilla White, aged 72. When contacted by the Press Association, police in Estepona said they were not authorised to give out information over the phone, while police in nearby Marbella said they would not hold records of deaths in Estepona.

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  • Kate Moss cancels Ibiza trip after Jamie pictured with another model

    Kate Moss cancelled a trip to Ibiza this weekend after her estranged husband Jamie Hince was spotted with Victoria’s Secret Angel, Jessica Stam. The British supermodel was meant to heading to White Isle with Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw for the BBC Radio 1 DJ’s event. Kate’s pal Rita Ora tried to persuade her to go to Ibiza as it would “cheer her up” but it didn’t change her mind. The source told The Sun newspaper: “Rita was desperate for Kate to still come to Ibiza, as she thought it would really cheer her up.

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  • Sergio Ramos to Man United back on after major Real Madrid contract twist - Irish Daily Star

    The Real Madrid captain reportedly agreed terms for a new contract earlier this week, but now radio station Cadena SER claim that the deal was not finalised and Ramos is still keeping his options open.The Spanish defender was a major target for the Red Devils, and Louis van Gaal hoped to sign him if David de Gea went in the opposite direction. De Gea is apparently no longer wanted by Van Gaal, who has decided it is better to persist with Sergio Romero as first choice now rather than keep an unhappy player at Old Trafford.The Spanish keeper has one year left on his contract, and United were planning to keep him to the end of that, but his poor performance in the friendly defeat to Paris St-Germain this week has made the manager rethink.

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  • MH370: door of plane reportedly found on Reunion

    A second piece of suspected debris from Malasyia Airlines flight MH370 has been washed ashore on the island of Reunion, according to reports. Airplane debris that washed up on the Indian Ocean island and may belong to the vanished Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 arrived in France on Saturday for investigators to study its origin.

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  • Low turnout for parade to honour UDA killers

    LOYALISTS have staged a march through south Belfast in honour of notorious UDA members linked to scores of sectarian murders during the Troubles. Crowds took part in the parade amid the rain through the mixed Ormeau Road area, 21 years since the deaths of Joe Bratty and Raymond Elder. The UDA men were linked to scores of Troubles killings including a 1992 gun attack on a Belfast bookmakers in which five Catholics were killed. Around 10 bands were seen marching along the Ormeau Road before parading through quiet residential side streets.

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  • Katie Hopkins fears she might die during brain surgery to cure her epilepsy

    Katie Hopkins has spoken of her fear that she may die during brain surgery to cure her epilepsy. The 40-year-old former Apprentice TV show contender revealed that she had made the decision to undergo the procedure later this year. This is the fear, it makes me sweat just thinking about it,” the controversial columnist told The Sun. Hopkins explained that her epilepsy is so severe that it causes her to fit every night.

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  • Wenger gets first win over Mourinho who snubs Frenchman afterwards

    Arsene Wenger finally secured victory over Jose Mourinho as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first-half goal was enough to give Arsenal a 1-0 win against Chelsea in the FA Community Shield at Wembley. Goalkeeper Petr Cech lined up against his old club following a £10million summer move across London, while Theo Walcott, who has just signed a lucrative new deal, led the Arsenal attack. q
  • Palestinian toddler killed in West Bank 'price tag' attack

    An 18-month-old baby was burnt alive and three of his family member injured on Friday when suspected right wing Israelis set fire to their home in the Duma village of the West Bank, officials said. The attack in the Israeli-occupied West Bank sparked global condemnation with the United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon calling it a "terrorist act". "The absence of a political process and Israel's illegal settlement policy, as well as the harsh and unnecessary practice of demolishing Palestinian houses, have given rise to violent extremism on both sides," Ban's spokesman said.

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  • James Packer's ex-wife Erica and Heidi Klum's former husband Seal all but confirm their romance as they put on an intimate display holidaying in Italy  - Big News Network

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  • Mary Feely: The local post office offers a safe haven from the banking scandals

    On Tuesday, Permanent TSB said sorry to the customers it had cheated. Now it owes customers more than €35 million compensation, as well as Central Bank fines of up to €20 million. My bank somehow lost a cheque that was lodged in Dublin; more than a year later, it has yet to show up in our branch in Drogheda.

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  • I Am Cait: Jenner’s journey

    Six months ago, Bruce Jenner was best known as the US athletics champion, whose family life was laid bare for our viewing pleasure on Keeping Up With The Kardashians. From trips to the golf course to rows with wife Kris, it seemed Jenner’s every move was carried out in front of paparazzi lenses and TV cameras. After decades hiding the truth, Jenner decided to undergo gender transition and become a woman, Caitlyn, earlier this year – but not before opening up to his family, and the world. In an interview with veteran TV journalist Diane Sawyer in April, Bruce revealed he’d lived most of his life feeling that he was a woman, and didn’t want to keep it a secret any longer. q
  • iPhone is found after 9,300ft drop from plane

    A Texas businessman used an app to find his iPhone in a rural pasture after it fell about 9,300 feet during a flight from Houston. The Wichita Falls Times Record News reported that Ben Wilson says his mobile phone still works. Wilson says he and a pilot were travelling home Monday in a Beechcraft Bonanza when a pressure change caused the passenger door to open slightly. Wilson didn’t realise his phone fell out until after landing.

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  • The Big Read: The most humane prison in the world

    Like everything else in Norway, the two-hour drive southeast from Oslo seemed impossibly civilized. My destination was the town of Halden, which is on the border with Sweden, straddling a narrow fjord guarded by a 17th-century fortress. On the outskirts of town, across from a road parting dark pine forest, the turnoff to Norway’s newest prison was marked by a modest sign that read, simply, HALDEN FENGSEL. This was the outer wall of Halden Fengsel, which is often called the world’s most humane maximum-security prison.

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  • David Cameron draws up plans to stop Channel Tunnel migrants

    avid Cameron has drawn up plans to help France tackle a spike in attempts by migrants to enter Britain illegally via the Channel Tunnel

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  • Nobody willing to take blame for Water shambles

    Ex-Anglo director Fintan Drury summed up the situation best when he insisted at the banking inquiry that Brian Cowen attended a dinner at Anglo HQ after its share plunge in 2008, and then had a lovely little golf outing to Druids Glen with the Anglo boys when Taoiseach three months later, but the subject of Anglo, or indeed banking at all, was never even whispered. The banking investigation has achieved notoriety as the only entity in the country with more leaks than the Irish Water delivery system. Obviously, it would not be under the farcical structure of Irish Water which was made even more ludicrous by the panic-induced changes thrown together to clear up the monumental mess left by Phil Hogan, who was duly rewarded by Enda Kenny for the chaos he left at home by being put in charge of the EU’s agriculture €60bn. Again, we don’t, because this Government has hit on the wheeze of taking some €600m from motor tax receipts, not to make driving easier in this country, but — of course — to fund the lavish consultancy fees and bonus culture at Irish Water.

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  • Joe Biden braces himself to step into Democrat race for White House

    It turns out Tom Brady and Hillary Clinton have more in common than you would think. Brady – the New England Patriots quarterback – had his assistant terminate his Samsung phone the day before he talked to an investigator about Deflategate. Hillary set up a home-brew private server, overruling the concerns of her husband’s aides, and erased 30,000 emails before the government had a chance to review them.

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  • Jungle trek to rediscover Colombia's Lost City

    Founded in 800AD, 650 years earlier than Peru's Machu Picchu, the mountaintop, forest-swathed citadel was abandoned by the ancient Tayrona civilisation in the 16th century when the Spanish conquistadors reached coastal city Santa Marta. In 1976 the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History stepped in but it took several helicopter searches to relocate the overgrown ruins. Many riches had already been plundered, although several gold pieces are now on public display at the excellent Santa Marta Gold Museum. Since the early 80s, tourists have attempted the arduous but overwhelmingly spiritual 44km hike to Ciudad Perdida, although a kidnapping incident in 2003 put the site off limits to European travellers for several years.

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  • Bin Laden relatives reportedly killed in plane crash in England

    The sister and stepmother of former al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden are believed to have died after a private jet crashed in southern England on Friday. Saudi and British media said relatives of Bin Laden were among the four passengers on board.

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  • Social media reacts to Donegal’s victory over Galway

    Donegal were criticised for their style of play at times, playing a possession game for lengthy periods, but they got the job done at Croke Park leaving Galway to lick their wounds. Ryan McHugh’s goal with 10 minutes pushed Donegal six in front and proved the decisive moment of the game.

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