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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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  • 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
  • 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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  • 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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  • The EU’s top court has punched a hole in Leo’s plan for higher alcohol prices

    THE GOVERNMENT’S PLAN to introduce a minimum price for alcohol has suffered a major setback after an advisor to the EU’s top court said the laws could be illegal. In a decision today on Scotland’s move to set a floor price on alcohol, the European Court of Justice’s advocate-general Yves Bot said the scheme was in danger of breaking EU free-trade rules. The ruling effectively means national governments will have to prove minimum unit prices are the most-effective harm minimisation lever before such regulations could be declared legal. The Scottish parliament became the first in the EU to first pass minimum pricing laws when it voted for the measures in 2012.

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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
  • Healy absent as Ireland name strong starting XV to face England in Twickenham

    Cian Healy won’t feature against England but otherwise Joe Schmidt has named a strong team for Ireland’s final game of this warm-up series. Rob Kearney is one noticeable absentee; in his place Simon Zebo starts at full-back and is joined in the back three by Tommy Bowe and Dave Kearney. As expected, Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne appear to be the first-choice centre partnership and start together at 13 and 12 respectively.

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  • Arsenal’s failure to sign a new striker is looking even more bizarre now

    WHEN THE TRANSFER window closed on Tuesday evening, many were surprised at Arsenal’s failure to sign a new striker. While Karim Benzema’s potential move was laughed off by the player, they had been expected to add to their cavalry up front, after selling Lukas Podolski and allowing Yaya Sanogo leave on loan to Ajax. The news comes one year and a day since his €20m move fromm Manchester United to Arsenal, with the attacker sidelined with a knee injury since the end of April.

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  • Meow! Is Perrie Edwards sending a message to Zayn Malik with this cheetah costume?

    Little Mix star Perrie Edwards has sparked speculation that she is having a dig at ex Zayn Malik by dressing up as a cheetah. Pictures of Zayn, also 22, with his arm around another girl had emerged while he was on tour with 1D in Thailand earlier in the year. Perrie and Zayn met on The X Factor in 2011 and began dating in March 2012, before getting engaged in 2013. Perrie recently broke down in tears while performing with Little Mix for the Today Show in America.

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  • How Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are helping keep cigarette butts off the streets of London

    That’s exactly what they’re doing now – albeit inadvertently – thanks to a new cigarette bin that’s appeared near Embankment station. Smokers in Embankment think Ronaldo is a better player than Messi. And on this evidence, the nicotine addicts of the capital are coming out in favour of Ronaldo. Here are some more questions that have been answered by London’s smokers over the past few weeks. q
  • Hey, my ‘Mamie’ Meryl rocks

    MERYL STREEP may be one of the most lauded actresses of all time, but to Mamie Gummer she’s just mum – and a blush-inducing one at times. The pair star alongside each other in new comedy drama Ricki And The Flash, with Streep playing Ricki Rendazzo, a guitar-toting rock singer who left her family behind in pursuit of stardom, and Gummer as her estranged daughter, Julie.

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  • Strictly Come Dancing 2015: Peter Andre is not scared of the ‘Curse of Strictly’

    Strictly Come Dancing contestant Peter Andre has dismissed any concerns about the “Curse of Strictly”, which has seen marriages and relationships ruined when celebrities fall for their professional dance partners. The “Curse” has supposedly blighted contestants’ relationships, with Countdown host Rachel Riley splitting from her husband to start a relationship with dance partner Pasha Kovalev; Susanna Reid separating from long-term partner Dominic Cotton weeks after finishing her stint on Strictly; and Joe Calzaghe confirming he was in a relationship with partner Kristina Rihanoff after splitting with his girlfriend.

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  • Kirsten Stewart tops best-dressed woman list

    Kristen Stewart has beaten ex-boyfriend’s Robert Pattinson’s current flame to the top spot in Glamour’s annual 50 Best-Dressed Women list.

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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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  • What goes on in Diarmuid Connolly’s mind?

    There is no doubting that Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly has a fantastic footballing brain… but it’s what else goes on in the sharpshooter’s brain that makes Brian McGuigan wonder if he will ever fulfill his true potential. Having won three All-Irelands with Tyrone, McGuigan knows the sort of temperament it takes to be a success on the biggest stage and on the biggest days, and writing his column in Gaelic Life, the former playmaker cannot believe that Connolly was stupid enough to jeopardise his place in an All-Ireland final once again. “You really have to wonder what is going on inside Diarmuid Connolly’s head at times. For a man who already almost missed out on an All-Ireland final last time around through suspension to put himself back in exactly the same position again almost defies belief.

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  • Battle is on to get on Fine Gael ticket in Limerick

    WITH just hours to go before the close of nominations for the Fine Gael selection convention in Limerick County, Cllr John Sheahan has announced he will not be putting his name forward. Nominations close this Friday and four names are now in the frame to fight for a place on the party’s general election ticket: sitting TD Patrick O’Donovan, Cllr Jerome Scanlan, Cllr Tom Neville and Cllr Bill O’Donnell. Meanwhile, Finance Minister Michael Noonan TD and Deputy Kieran O’Donnell will be ratified as candidates for the Limerick City constituency at their selection convention in the Greenhills Hotel, Limerick this Friday.

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  • O’Brien returns as Schmidt picks strong Ireland XV for visit to England

    Tadhg Furlong will provide loosehead cover from the bench with Cian Healy still missing.

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  • Fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki dumped out of US Open

    2014 runner-up beaten in final set tie-break by Petra Cetkovska at Flushing Meadows

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  • If Kim and Kanye ruled the White House

    In Washington DC crowds have gathered on the Mall for the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States. The President elect’s plan to arrive by helicopter, bungee jump onto stage and rap the Oath of Office (he’s come up with a sick grime beat for the occasion) are unravelling. The head of the IMF has just scorched the Commander in Chief on Twitter (that’s Nicki Minaj for you) and, in a strop, he refuses to leave his dressing room. When the world’s most famous/controversial/lampooned rapper announced his intention to run for the White House at this week’s VMA awards, you could have heard the titters of derision from Pluto’s moons.

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