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  • Putin says Assad open to sharing power

    Russian president Vladimir Putin declared yesterday that his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, is prepared to conduct early parliamentary elections and share power with elements of the opposition. The announcement came as reports emerged that Islamic State forces continued their rampage against the world’s cultural heritage by destroying first- and second-century tower tombs in the ancient ruins of Palmyra, Syria.

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  • Happy ending for girl who lost her job for her Electric Picnic ticket

    You might remember earlier this week Irish student Emily Culhane posted this picture to the Electric Picnic Facebook page. Since the post went viral, Emily has received several job offers. "One was a bar, one is a cafe and one is a recruitment job,” she said speaking to Eoghan McDermott on 2FM. "There’s a job for her when she comes back from Electric Picnic. q
  • Ryanair’s just launched a new route to Amsterdam (and extra flights to Spain and Germany)

    RYANAIR HAS ANNOUNCED yet more expansion, with a new flight route being introduced for Amsterdam from 27 October. The Amsterdam flight will operate four times daily to Schiphol Airport. The new changes follow on from Ryanair’s introduction of its ‘Always Getting Better’ programme, which it introduced last year to improve customer experience. q
  • Emmanuel Adebayor is going to have a lot of free time in the next few months

    TOTTENHAM STRIKER EMMANUEL Adebayor has been left out of his club’s 25-man Premier League squad for the rest of the year. Adebayor had been expected to leave White Hart Lane before the transfer window closed on Tuesday, but Tottenham were unable to find a buyer for the Togo international. The 31-year-old former Arsenal and Manchester City star, who reportedly earns £100,000-a-week (â ¬137,000), has also been left out of Tottenham’s Europa League squad. Adebayor has rarely been selected by Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, who opted to axe the player from his squad despite missing out on a deal for West Bromwich Albion forward Saido Berahino this week.

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  • Lewis Hamilton clarifies his relationship with Rihanna

    Lewis Hamilton has spoken out for the first time about rumours that he is dating Rihanna. The 30-year-old Formula 1 star was pictured dancing with the 27-year-old singer at the Crop Over festival in Barbados last month, sparking speculation they were an item. Lewis split from Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, 37, in February this year, after they dated on and off since 2007.

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  • Ron Perlman: I was ‘scared’ of Hand Of God role

    Hellboy star Ron Perlman has revealed he was “terrified” to agree to star in new series Hand Of God – because he had doubts over his acting abilities. Despite being in the industry for over 35 years, the 65-year-old actor, best known for his collaborations with Guillermo del Toro and starring in dark comedy Sons Of Anarchy, admitted he had concerns about playing morally corrupt judge Pernell Harris in Ben Watkins’ suspense drama, which airs on Amazon Prime from Friday, September 4. “What really scared me most is how emotionally broken you see this character and how compromised he is, how much deep profound pain and sorrow he’s in and how everything he does springs out of that,” Ron explained to the Press Association. Pernell suffers a mental breakdown and goes on a vigilante quest to find the man who raped his daughter-in-law – played by Israeli-born actress Alona Tal – and consequently, caused his son to commit suicide.

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  • Varadkar to press ahead with minimum alcohol pricing plan

    The Government is to press ahead with plans for minimum unit pricing of alcohol despite an adverse ruling on the issue by the European Court of Justice. The court, in a preliminary judgment on a Scottish proposal for minimum pricing, warned it could risk infringing EU rules on free trade. Advocate general of the court, Yves Bot, said minimum pricing would be legal only if it could be shown that no other mechanism, such as increasing taxes, was capable of delivering the desired public health benefits. Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said he was he encouraged by aspects of the ruling that indicated minimum pricing may be compatible with EU law if it could be shown to be more effective than other measures.

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  • Brooklyn Beckham follows in his parents' footsteps with first Vogue cover

    Brooklyn Beckham has made his parents proud with his first Vogue covershoot. The 16-year-old son of fashion designer Victoria Beckham and footballer-turned-underwear-model David Beckham appears on the October cover of Miss Vogue magazine. Brooklyn has been modelling for some time, and has already appeared covers of style and fashion magazines Man About Town and T Magazine. His Spice Girl mother Victoria has graced the cover of Vogue in several countries around the world. q
  • Ireland should accept more refugees and migrants, says Howlin

    The Government should welcome more refugees and migrants than the 600 people the State agreed to accept through the EU relocation programme, according to Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin. Ireland has a responsibility to help people who are in “absolute peril” and must play a role in overcoming what has become “one of the most challenging issues for humankind”, Mr Howlin told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland programme. “I think there is a requirement for Ireland to step up to the plate,” he said.

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  • Wet, cold, sunny... an Irish summer

    It’s official – this summer was a total washout thanks to largely wet and windy conditions putting a dampener on the country’s fine weather wishes. According to Met Éireann, which has just released reports on June, July and August, Cork had the wettest day of the season while Dublin had the sunniest, the hottest, and the coldest. The highest amount of rainfall this summer, 41.3mm, was recorded at Cork Airport on July 6 making it Cork’s wettest summer day in eight years. Dublin was the driest area in the country this summer, with 147.5mm of rainfall recorded at Casement Aerodrome in the south-west of Dublin, the area’s driest summer since 2006.

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  • Call for State to build homes for gardaí struggling on €23k

    The Government is being urged to build homes for gardaí and other essential workers who cannot afford soaring rents. The Garda Representative Association (GRA) claims newly qualified gardaí just out of Templemore will suffer more than most, as the Government has removed their annual rent allowance of €4,115. Dermot O’Brien, president of the GRA which represents rank-and-file officers, said gardaí will be paid just €23,171 in their first year of service. Mr O’Brien said the Government should follow the lead of the authorities in London and Paris which provide central accommodation for essential workers, such as police officers, fire fighters, and nurses.

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  • Nicolas Roche’s Vuelta challenge fades in Andorra heat

    Nicolas Roche’s hopes of bettering his best performance in a Grand Tour are over for another year after he lost over 14 minutes on a hellishly hard day in Andorra. The Team Sky man came into yesterday’s 11th stage of the race well-poised in fourth place, just over a minute back on race leader Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin). Sporting some heavy bandaging on his right elbow following crashes on successive days this week, Roche crossed the line in 52nd, being chaperoned home by two teammates. The result saw him drop 18 places to 22nd and he’s now over 13 minutes down on new race leader Fabio Aru (Astana), who was second yesterday behind his teammate Mikel Landa.

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  • X Factor's Cheryl slams body shaming and says she's 'happy and healthy'

    X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has had enough. “The body shaming has to stop. Every woman has a different body type and handles stress and grief differently. Cheryl took to her Instagram page a few weeks ago, responding to a comment from someone calling her “a bag of bones”. q
  • Djokovic dances Gangnam Style on US Open court with fan

    Serbian tennis star and World No.1 Novak Djokovic showed off his dance moves on court with a fan while celebrating his comfortable straight sets triumph over Austria's Andreas Haider-Maurer in the US Open men's singles second round. The Serb took his time to find his rhythm against Haider-Maurer before shifting through the gears to claim a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 win at the end of Day Three at the Flushing Meadows here on Wednesday, reports The top seed will now play Italian Andreas Seppi in round three, but Djokovic's post-match interview was hijacked as one fan jumped down from the stands to cajole him into showing some dance moves while music blared out around the arena. The nine-time Grand Slam champion seemed only too happy to oblige as the pair performed a short 'gangnam style' jig, which ended with Djokovic high five-ing his partner and putting on an 'I love New York' t-shirt, handily supplied by the fan, who also had one himself.

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  • Latest 'Nazi' reference from gaffe-prone Australian PM draws criticism

    Australia’s prime minister angered some Jewish leaders by suggesting that the Islamic State movement was worse than Nazis during World War II. It is the third time this year that gaffe-prone Prime Minister Tony Abbott has riled Jewish Australians with Nazi analogies. Mr Abbott used an interview with Sydney Radio 2GB to “credit” Nazis with a sense of shame for atrocities they committed. “The Nazis did terrible evil, but they had a sufficient sense of shame to try to hide it,” he said. q
  • Aisling Brady McCarthy says prosecutors’ behaviour ‘scandalous’

    Former nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy has hit out at her “scandalous” treatment by US prosecutors. After charges of murdering a baby girl in her care were withdrawn by US prosecutors on Monday, Ms Brady McCarthy said her nightmare was finally over. Speaking to the Boston Herald earlier this week, Ms Brady McCarthy said she was “overwhelmed” at the pace of events in recent days, after being held in custody for a crime she did not commit. Ms Brady McCarthy is seen getting into a car after arriving at Shannon Airport yesterday morning.

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  • Stephen Hunt discusses ‘GAA gods’ and a very unique piece of John Terry memorabilia

    FORMER IRELAND INTERNATIONAL Stephen Hunt says that GAA stars are rightly revered as ‘gods’ across the country. Hunt came under fire last year when he wrote a column suggesting that GAA players would find the life of a professional footballer tough. “(GAA players) are elite in what they do,” Hunt said.

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  • Beats’ newest ad is all about Serena Williams – and it’s pretty slick

    SERENA WILLIAMS IS on the brink of history — so it’s no surprise that her sponsors are making the most of their affiliation. Beats by Dre are gaining a reputation for making some cool ads around their athletes (we’re big fans of their World Cup 2014 and LeBron James efforts). With Serena gunning for another US Open title and the first women’s calendar slam since 1988, the headphone kings premiered their latest spot yesterday. “The world knows Serenaâ s story,” they said.

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  • Holland beaten as Iceland take step closer to qualification

    Controversial Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty secures shock 1-0 win in Amsterdam

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  • Barack Obama secures vital vote to keep Iran nuclear deal

    US president Barack Obama has secured a landmark foreign policy victory amid opposition from Republicans and Israel. The win was achieved when Democratic senator Barbara Mikulski became the 34th vote to back the Iran nuclear deal. Leading that effort was Israel and its allies in the US, who failed to get traction after spending millions of dollars trying.

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