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  • ‘I am elected to deliver for all citizens,’ says Michelle O’Neill

    Sinn Féin leader Michelle O’Neill is out canvassing in north Belfast, in a commercial part of the Antrim Road, calling into the chemist, the carpet seller, the dry cleaners, the butcher’s and other shops. Storm Doris is hitting Ireland and one can’t resist wondering is this new leader of Sinn Féin in Northern Ireland – known as Michelle Doris before she married Paddy O’Neill – about to kick up an electoral tempest on voting day next Thursday. Whatever about Storm Doris, O’Neill says she is a force for good: “No one has anything to fear from me and I think that people will see over time that I am someone who is elected to deliver for all citizens, and elected to make a difference. I want to drive

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  • Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel tweeted Donald Trump during Academy Awards and it was amazing

    Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel tweeted American President Donald Trump during the live show. Kimmel told the audience: “We’re more than two hours into the show and Donald Trump hasn’t tweeted at us once and I’m starting to get worried about him.” For his first tweet he asked the American President: He then quickly tweeted him a second time writing: Within minutes both of the posts had notched up hundreds of thousands of likes on the social media platform. The Academy also re-tweeted the first message from its official account. Mr Trump tweeted that Meryl Streep was “overrated” after she criticised him during her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes where she was honoured with the Cecil B DeMille

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  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic on winning the EFL Cup: This is what I came for

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes winning trophies gets better with age after firing Manchester United to success in the EFL Cup final. The 35-year-old striker scored twice in the 3-2 victory over Southampton – including a late winner – to give United manager Jose Mourinho his first trophy since taking over at Old Trafford. “It was nice, it was very nice,” the former Sweden international told Sky Sports. “This is a team effort, this is not about an individual. This is collective. “This is what I came for, I came to win and I’m winning so I just have to keep going because the more I win, the more satisfied I get. “I think you appreciate it more the older you get, in the beginning you don’t realise what

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  • Donald Trump looking to raise military spend by $54bn and cut foreign aid

    The White House says President Donald Trump's upcoming budget will propose a whopping $54bn increase in defence spending and impose corresponding cuts to domestic programmes and foreign aid. White House budget officials outlined the information during a telephone call with reporters. Mr Trump's defence budget and spending levels for domestic agency operating budgets will be revealed in a partial submission to Congress next month, with proposals on taxes and other programmes coming later. The approximately 10% increase for the Pentagon would fulfil a Trump campaign promise to build up the military. One official said there will be a reduction in foreign aid and that most domestic agencies will q
  • Five things we learned as Zlatan Ibrahimovic drags Man United to EFL Cup glory

    Manchester United won their first trophy under Jose Mourinho as a late Zlatan Ibrahimovic header secured a 3-2 win over Southampton in the EFL Cup final. Here, we highlight five things we learned from an enthralling encounter which also saw Southampton’s Manolo Gabbiadini hit a brace, with an Ibrahimovic free-kick and a smart Jesse Lingard finish proving just enough for United. ZLATAN STILL LOVES THE BIG STAGE His impact on the final may have dropped as the game progressed and Saints took control of proceedings, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic still had his customary moment in the spotlight. The 35-year-old dispatched a 30-yard free-kick to put the Red Devils in front and notch his fifth goal in his last

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  • People are wondering whether Jose Mourinho was actually happy about winning the EFL Cup

    Phew – after winning a phenomenal EFL Cup final 3-2 against Southampton, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was sure to be delighted, wasn’t he? Mourinho’s side had gone from 2-0 up to 2-2, only for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score late on with a header. That’s got to warrant a grin, hasn’t it Jose? It was a strange sight, as the United players enjoyed their success, to see Mourinho looking so down. Some fans felt that the Portuguese manager, who has won two Champions League titles, could have made a bit more of an effort. It was a good day for Mourinho’s personal statistics as well. The former Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid manager mentioned that he was emotional, so maybe he was just

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  • Lily Cole condemns Trump travel ban at event supporting Oscars boycott director

    Actress Lily Cole has said Donald Trump’s travel ban is “unnecessary in this day and age” because cities like London are “wonderfully open”, and warned we may yet see “more ludicrous policies”. The model made the comments as she was addressing a large crowd gathered in the capital’s Trafalgar Square for the UK premiere of The Salesman, which is up for best foreign language film at the Oscars. Asghar Farhadi, the drama’s Iranian director who won an Academy Award in 2012, is boycotting the star-studded event in California over Mr Trump’s travel ban, which bars people from seven Muslim-majority countries entering America. His latest work was being shown in the public space in solidarity with his

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  • Iranian director who boycotted Oscars over Donald Trump travel ban wins best foreign language film

    The Salesman, directed by Iranian film-maker Asghar Farhadi, who is boycotting the ceremony because of Donald Trump’s travel ban, has won the foreign language film Oscar. His award was collected by Anousheh Ansari, the first Iranian woman to go to space who read a statement on his behalf. In the message, Asghar, whose film A Separation won the same prize in 2012, said it was a “great honour” to receive the prize for a second time. “I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight, my absence is out of respect for the people of my country and the other six nations who have been banned.” He continued: “Dividing the world into the us and the enemy categories creates fear, justification for war.” The statement

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  • White House attempt to kill Russia scandal backfires

    The White House made a messy attempt on Sunday to control public perceptions of a widening scandal over alleged contacts between aides to Donald Trump and Russian intelligence officials during the 2016 election, alleging that the FBI had dismissed reports of such links. The scandal has shown little sign of coming under control, with a Republican congressman calling for an independent inquiry, multiple congressional committees pursuing investigations and Mr Trump escalating a war with the media in an apparent attempt at distraction. While the White House has, by its own clumsy admission, been working behind the scenes to try to manage the conduct of Congress and intelligence agencies in the scandal, those efforts have so far backfired.

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  • Tributes keep rolling in after death of Bill Paxton

    Tributes are continuing to flood in for actor Bill Paxton, who has passed away at the age of 61. Film-maker James Cameron, who directed Paxton in blockbuster movies such as Aliens, True Lies and Titanic, said in a statement to Vanity Fair that he was “reeling” after hearing that Paxton had died after complications from surgery, calling the actor “a creative dynamo”. “The world is a lesser place for his passing and I will profoundly miss him,” he said. Paxton’s Big Love co-star Chloe Sevigny said in a statement that he was “a big-hearted, thoughtful and honourable person”. “He always had a smile on his face and could entertain any room with his wonderful stories of his many amazing years in Hollywood,”

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  • Take cover Matt Damon: Jimmy Kimmel hints he won't hold back as he hosts the Oscars

    Jimmy Kimmel and actor Matt Damon continued their “feud” as the Oscars host tweeted a picture of Damon at the ceremony. Kimmel posted the photograph from his dressing room as he prepares to host the 89th Academy Awards. Damon, 46, didn’t hold back as he spoke to ABC News on the red carpet telling them Kimmel was “talentless,” adding, but “he’s got an incredible group of writers who work for him”. The pair have had a long-standing feud that dates back many years and was sparked when Kimmel started signing off his popular American talk show saying: “Apologies to Matt Damon, we ran out of time.” Asked if he thought Kimmel was going to take aim at him during the ceremony, Damon told E! News: “It’s

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  • Jimmy Kimmel's Oscars opening monologue: Trump jibes and Meryl's 'mediocre' early work

    Jimmy Kimmel poked fun at US president Donald Trump as he delivered a politically charged opening monologue at the Academy Awards. The comedian, who is hosting this year’s ceremony, joked about Mr Trump’s “5am bowel movement” and his criticism of Meryl Streep, who was invited to stand for a round of applause from the Oscars’ audience. On stage Kimmel said: “This broadcast is being watched live by millions of Americans and around the world in more than 225 countries that now hate us. “I want to say thank you to President Trump. I mean remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist?” Addressing potential award winners, Kimmel said: “Some of you will get to come up here tonight and

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  • Storm chasers honour Twister star Bill Paxton with GPS tribute

    Storm chasers in the US have paid tribute to late actor Bill Paxton by spelling out his initials using GPS co-ordinates on a map depicting the heart of Tornado Alley. The actor, who died on Saturday at the age of 61 after complications from surgery, played a storm chaser in the 1996 film Twister, which co-starred Helen Hunt. On Sunday, Spotter Network’s effort saw more than 200 people spell out “BP” in GPS co-ordinate dots in a moving ode to the actor. Most people participating did not travel, but entered co-ordinates manually to spell the letters on a map based around Wakita, Oklahoma. The non-profit organisation’s president John Wetter said storm chasers have spelled out the initials of fellow

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  • Defending right to shine light on Trump

    In some respects, these are dark days for heritage media organisations and some equally forthright digital news outlets as the crusade by US president Donald Trump to curtail robust journalism intensifies. The exclusion of CNN, the New York Times, Politico, the BBC, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian and BuzzFeed from a White House briefing is the latest crude attempt to curtail US media organisations and others with a global reach, which have challenged his chaotic form of government and the pedalling of untruths in response to facts the administration does not like. On the same day that White House press secretary Sean Spicer handpicked a select group of reporters that included a number of

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  • Watch Meryl Streep nearly fall over in the dress she snubbed Chanel for

    Meryl Streep arrived at the Oscars in a deep blue gown by Elie Saab following hours of controversy about her outfit for the prestigious event. All the attention was on the Hollywood veteran, 67, after she fell out with Chanel’s head, Karl Lagerfeld who labelled her “cheap” for supposedly demanding money to wear one of his dresses. Meryl denied the claim and accused Lagerfeld of “defaming” her. As she stepped on to the red carpet in the beautiful Elie Saab gown, the actress took a stumble before steadying herself. On Saturday, Women’s Wear Daily reported she had ordered a dress from Chanel, designed by Karl, but then withdrew the request because another designer had offered to pay her to wear

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  • Katie Taylor's opponent for this weekend has been announced

    Italy's Monica Gentili will be Katie Taylor's opponent for her third professional fight this Saturday. The bout will be on the undercard of David Haye versus Tony Bellew at London's O2 Arena. Former world amateur and Olympic champion Taylor eased to victory in her first two fights as a pro and is expected to push for a world title shot later this year. Gentili has won six and lost six fights in her career. q
  • Jose Mourinho admits that EFL Cup final should have gone to extra-time

    JOSE MOURINHO HAS admitted that the EFL Cup final should have gone to extra-time after his side scored a one goal victory over Southampton in controversial circumstances. Zlatan Ibrahimovic inspired United to victory with a brace of goals, but Southampton had a goal disallowed in the first half that could have seen the tie end in a draw after normal time. Southamptons’s Manolo Gabbiadini hit two goals either side of half-time, which left the scoreline reading 2-2 for much of the second half until Ibrahimovic settled the tie with a header in the 87th minute. He could have finished the game with a hat-trick, but the flag was raised after one of his first half efforts ended up in the net from close q
  • Dancing with the Stars: Teresa Mannion blown away by storm in a dance off

    This week on RTÉ’s Dancing with the Stars, the Dreaded Dance Off – aka The DDO – makes its first appearance and RTÉ news correspondent Teresa Mannion is struck down and out as its very first victim. Mannion and her partner John Nolan were up against Red Rock’s Denise McCormack and Ryan McShane, who are the usually the show’s highest scoring couple. As Storm Ewan rages outside, perhaps Mannion was pulled away from her natural habitat and it affected her paso doble this evening. Mannion’s routines have teetered on the safe side but this week she took some necessary risks as a fiery flamenco dancer, particularly when Nolan flung her like a frisbee on to the floor for their big finish. But for all

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  • Mahershala Ali becomes first Muslim actor to win Oscar

    Mahershala Ali has made Oscar history after becoming the first Muslim actor to win an Academy Award. The 43-year-old American was named best supporting actor for his performance in coming-of-age drama Moonlight. During his acceptance speech, Ali did not mention US president Donald Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim majority countries, which has been a hot topic at awards shows in recent weeks. Instead, he paid tribute to his wife Amatus Sami-Karim, who had given birth to their first child Bari Najma four days earlier. Ali said: “My wife was in her third trimester doing awards seasons, we just had a daughter four days ago. I just want to thank her for being such a soldier through this process.”

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  • Conor O'Shea: We deserve 'a little bit of respect'; Eddie Jones slams Italy tactics

    Italy coach Conor O’Shea was pleased with his side’s display in their 36-15 defeat to England in their Six Nations game today. O’Shea believes they should be taken more seriously in the competition. The win moved England back to the top of the championship table and kept alive their hopes of a second successive Grand Slam. The Italians remain bottom of the table following three successive defeats. “We have a massive job to do but we will do it and we have to think differently like we did today,” he said. “We didn’t come here to make up numbers. “But you’re playing against a brilliant team who are on-form and they worked their way through it. “We thought we might come away with a bonus point but

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