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Dublin: 12 °C Thursday 18 December, 2014

International - Today’s News

From Business ETC Drivers warned airbags could have an expiry date Out Of Date

Drivers warned airbags could have an expiry date

Gradual deterioration, rather than a manufacturing fault, is being blamed for motor recalls.

‘Our nativity donkey was literally squashed by an overweight man’

A man has been charged following the animal’s death.

From Business ETC Bewley’s Hotels are about to disappear as a new Dublin hotel king is crowned All Hail

Bewley’s Hotels are about to disappear as a new Dublin hotel king is crowned

Ireland’s biggest hotel operator has agreed to buy 9 hotels for €455 million.

From Business ETC Flying home for Christmas? There will be strikes at some UK airports Cargo Handlers

Flying home for Christmas? There will be strikes at some UK airports

Unite members are going on strike on December 23.

More than 200 people killed by IS ‘found in mass grave’

The ground that found the grave said the “vast majority” were civilians.

International - Yesterday’s News

Hackers have scared Hollywood into not releasing Seth Rogen’s new North Korea film

It comes after cinema chains all over the US dropped plans for ‘The Interview’ from their screens.

From The Score Easy wins for Liverpool and Spurs in tonight’s Capital One Cup quarter-finals Easy

Easy wins for Liverpool and Spurs in tonight’s Capital One Cup quarter-finals

The Anfield side will now face Chelsea in the semi-finals.

From The Score We’ll Leave it There So: Kimmage on BOD’s book, McGregor’s RTÉ documentary and all today’s sport Wednesday

We’ll Leave it There So: Kimmage on BOD’s book, McGregor’s RTÉ documentary and all today’s sport

Also, Andy Lee returns home and Alan Brogan contemplates his Dublin future.

New York to ban fracking over health fears

New York to ban fracking over health fears

“We can’t afford to make a mistake. The potential dangers are too great.”

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Man who attacked women for gold had pics on his phone linking him to the crimes

He would sit on public transport assessing his target and what jewellery they were wearing and attack them a short time after.

End of an era: After more than 50 years, the US and Cuba are talking again

“These 50 years have shown that isolation hasn’t worked. It’s time for a new approach,” said Barack Obama.

Video shows terrifying scenes inside airplane forced to make emergency landing

Passengers can be heard screaming and praying.

New footage emerges of police storming Sydney siege café with sniper waiting opposite Fatal Raid This post contains videos

New footage emerges of police storming Sydney siege café with sniper waiting opposite

The Australian Prime Minster has promised an urgent inquiry into why Man Haron Monis was not under surveillance.

McDonald’s is having to ration fries in Japan

Customers have been restricted to small portions of fries.

EU removes Hamas from terror list (for now) and votes to recognise Palestine

The vote was in principle, and a watered-down version of the original motion.

Police are looking for Santa Claus because he robbed a bank

You’d think he’d stick out, right? Read on…

Midwives ‘forced to leave profession because they refuse to partake in abortions’

The UK’s highest court ruled on the matter this morning.

From Business ETC Sony Pictures is being sued by former employees over private info leak More Headaches

Sony Pictures is being sued by former employees over private info leak

Two former employees are filing the lawsuit on behalf of others in a similar situation, and described the leaks as ‘an epic nightmare.’

Guess who’s been named Russia’s Man of the Year?

Guess who’s been named Russia’s Man of the Year?

What was that about the Rouble?

From The Daily Edge Hackers threaten attacks on US cinemas showing James Franco’s new film Threats

Hackers threaten attacks on US cinemas showing James Franco’s new film

The New York premiere of The Interview has been cancelled as a result.

Pakistan begins 3 days of mourning after 132 children killed in Taliban school carnage

There has been worldwide condemnation of the attack, that killed 141 people in total.

Australian PM: ‘I will not rest until the public is as safe as possible’

An inquiry will also take place into action by police prior to the siege.

International - Tuesday 16 December, 2014

Mother calls American TV show to yell at her arguing pundit sons

The brothers may be divided by politics but they were brought together by mortification.

From The Daily Edge US state rules that ‘leggings are not pants’ Leggings This post contains a poll

Christmas has been cancelled in Guinea’s capital and Sierra Leone

It’s in a bid to combat the spread of the Ebola virus.

A L’Oreal executive really hates the smelly chip shop below his Alpine retreat

The smell is an “abnormal disturbance to the neighbourhood”, apparently.

132 students and 9 staff slaughtered in terror assault on Pakistan school

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation has described it as an “outrage that beggars belief”.

Here’s just how bad the Russian crisis is… in three graphs

The Russian Rouble has lost 20% of its value today.

From Business ETC No sympathy from central bank as Russians told to ‘get used to it’ Free Fall

No sympathy from central bank as Russians told to ‘get used to it’

The Russian rouble lost 20% in value today, suffering its steepest drop in 16 years.

‘I’ll Ride With You’: A blueprint for how we should deal with terrorism

Yesterday’s gesture by a Sydney commuter was an extraordinary show of solidarity and humanity – showing what differentiates us is negligible in comparison to what unites us.

From The Daily Edge ‘Serial’ fans set up scholarship to honour victim Hae Min Lee Serial

‘Serial’ fans set up scholarship to honour victim Hae Min Lee

Listeners are hoping to raise $25,000 to give back to Lee’s community.

The Morning After: Australia remembers heroes of Sydney siege In Pictures This post contains images

The Morning After: Australia remembers heroes of Sydney siege

Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson were killed yesterday.

Offensive letters, sexual assault and murder: The man who held a Sydney café hostage

Man Haron Monis was well known to police and had a significant number of charges against him before yesterday’s siege.

Bill Cosby’s wife: ‘The question should be asked – who is the victim?’

Camille Cosby has suggested that her husband, not the women, is the party being harmed.

Search continues for ‘armed and dangerous’ suspect after six die in US shooting spree

All six dead in Pennsylvaia have a “familial relationship” to the suspect Bradley William Stone.

Sydney hostage victim died while ‘shielding pregnant friend’

The siege ended after 16 hours when police stormed the cafe.

International - Monday 15 December, 2014

Gunman dead, two other fatalities as police storm Sydney siege café

Seven hostages ran from the building — just seconds before police entered with stun grenades and live fire.

Rupert Murdoch tweets ‘congrats’ to his newspaper after ‘bloody outcome’ to Sydney siege

Rupert Murdoch tweets ‘congrats’ to his newspaper after ‘bloody outcome’ to Sydney siege

The Australian-born media magnate has been criticised by some for being insensitive.

From Business ETC Skype’s newest feature will translate English-Spanish video chats in real-time

Skype’s newest feature will translate English-Spanish video chats in real-time

As well as supporting two spoken languages, Skype Translator Preview also supports more than 40 languages on its instant messaging service.

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