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International - Today’s News

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International - Tuesday 11 November, 2014

From The Score Vanessa-Mae found to have fiddled her way into Winter Olympics Cheating

Vanessa-Mae found to have fiddled her way into Winter Olympics

The violinist has now been banned from skiing for four years.

From Business ETC Taxpayers may never have to bail out ‘too-big-to-fail’ banks again* Too Big To Fail

Taxpayers may never have to bail out ‘too-big-to-fail’ banks again*

*If new laws proposed by the global banking watchdog are brought in… and if they actually work.

From Business ETC Alibaba just racked up a record €7.5 billion in sales for its 24hr Chinese ‘shopping festival’ Chinese Takeaway

Alibaba just racked up a record €7.5 billion in sales for its 24hr Chinese ‘shopping festival’

That’s more than Irish consumers spend online in a year. No wonder its founder is so happy.

‘The Irish men and women who died in World War 1 deserve to be remembered’ Ceremony This post contains images

‘The Irish men and women who died in World War 1 deserve to be remembered’

A remembrance ceremony was held this afternoon in Glasnevin Cemetery.

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From Business ETC Spotify CEO defends free streaming after Taylor Swift removes music catalogue Spotify

Spotify CEO defends free streaming after Taylor Swift removes music catalogue

Daniel Ek defended the company saying it paid out $2 billion in royalties since it started in 2008, half of which was generated in the last twelve months.

Could e-cigarette ads like this showing smoking on air be coming to Irish TV?

Local sellers hope Ireland will follow the UK’s lead in featuring ‘vaping’ commercials on television.

Gary Glitter denies 10 charges of sexual offences against three girls

The 70-year-old former pop star will face trial in January.

Space exploration has a new major player in town…Google

The giant web company is spending nearly €1 billion on a San Francisco air base.

In pictures: 96 years ago today, peace broke out

Today marks Armistice Day.

From Business ETC Google starts helping the fight against Ebola by donating €8 million Fundraising

Google starts helping the fight against Ebola by donating €8 million

The search engine giant launched a public fundraising campaign where it will contribute $2 for every $1 donated to the fund.

From Business ETC Lots of Irish mobile phone users have been ditching Vodafone Switching Over

Lots of Irish mobile phone users have been ditching Vodafone

But it’s not all bad news here for the global telecoms company.

From Business ETC BBC won’t unmask The Sun’s ‘Fake Sheikh’ just yet, but they promise they will Entrapment

BBC won’t unmask The Sun’s ‘Fake Sheikh’ just yet, but they promise they will

Controversial journalist Mazher Mahmood uses a sheikh costume to lure celebrities.

Eight women have died in India after a government sterilisation programme went wrong

Another 64 women are in hospital, with 24 of them in serious condition.

These twins didn’t know they were identical until one needed a new liver

They are the first identical twins to undergo a live liver transplant in the UK.

From Business ETC A tiny firm that saw the 1929 crash coming sees trouble for 2015 Ominous

A tiny firm that saw the 1929 crash coming sees trouble for 2015

Jerome Levy — grandfather of the firm’s current chairman David Levy — saw trouble coming, and sold his stocks before the 1929 crash.

Zero… That’s how many Ebola patients are being treated right now at one centre in Liberia

Progress is being made in the battle against the disease in the African nation. Another 250-bed centre is treating around 50 patients.

MH370 could be declared “lost” – meaning the search would be over

However, the airline says that it is committed to finding the plane.

Hardline Muslim preacher arrested over murder of popular TV host

Sheikh Nurul Islam Faruqi, cleric and host of television shows on Islamic issues, was found tied to a chair with his throat slit at his home in August.

Captain of Korean ferry that killed over 300 escapes death penalty but sentenced to 36 years in prison

A three-judge panel said prosecutors failed to prove Lee Jun-Seok had acted intentionally.

International - Monday 10 November, 2014

Suicide bomber disguised in school uniform kills 48 students at assembly

Today’s high school attack is the latest by Boko Haram militants.

Protesters armed with machetes won’t let anyone in or out of Acapulco airport

On Friday authorities announced that gang suspects confessed to killing 43 students.

Child and three adults hacked to death in the Philippines

They were all members of the same family.

British banker accused of gruesome murder smiles as he leaves court

Vigils have been held for Seneng Mujiasih and Sumarti Ningsih.

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One killed in knife attack as unrest continues across Israel and West Bank Stabbings This post contains images

One killed in knife attack as unrest continues across Israel and West Bank

A solider is also in a critical condition.

Families of Bloody Sunday victims launch legal challenge over ‘end of murder investigation’

Cuts in PSNI funding have lead to a delay in the inquiry into the massacre.

From Business ETC Global oil has entered a ‘new era’ of oversupply – but don’t expect much relief at the pump Pump It Up

Global oil has entered a ‘new era’ of oversupply – but don’t expect much relief at the pump

The government is taking most of the money it costs to fill up your car anyway…

Pistorius appeal hearing set for next month

Under South African law the double-amputee could serve just 10 months in jail.

Catalonia votes for independence, Spain calls the vote “useless”

Spain said the vote was “fruitless and useless”.

International - Sunday 9 November, 2014

The scene at the Brandenburg Gate right now looks pretty spectacular

Germany’s marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with a massive open-air party. The city’s packed, and it all looks incredible.

From The Score As it happened: Swansea City v Arsenal, Premier League Liveblog

As it happened: Swansea City v Arsenal, Premier League

Swansea were looking to overtake Arsenal and Man United into fifth place.

Has the leader of ISIS been hit in a US airstrike?

A US official said he couldn’t confirm if Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was in a convoy destroyed by US-led airstrikes.

Mexican protesters set fire to palace door over student massacre

Violent protests came a day after authorities said suspected gang hitmen confessed to killing the 43 students and incinerating their bodies.

Drone footage shows what it’s like to be a bird flying over an airport

This drone gives us a never-before-seen look at Mexico City Airport.

From Business ETC These are some of the things TripAdvisor is cooking up in its new Dublin office What A Trip

These are some of the things TripAdvisor is cooking up in its new Dublin office

The man in charge of new products at the world’s biggest travel site says he is “really confident” its reviews are fair.

In Photos: 25 years ago today the Berlin Wall fell Cold War This post contains videos

In Photos: 25 years ago today the Berlin Wall fell

It signalled the end of the Soviet Union, which would eventually dissolve in 1991.

Catalonia will vote today on whether to break away from Spain*

*The vote is purely symbolic but the Spanish government will obviously be watching the results closely.

International - Saturday 8 November, 2014

Gorbachev: We’re on the brink of a ‘new Cold War’

The 83-year-old has accused the West, particularly the US, of giving in to “triumphalism” after the collapse of the USSR.

Rough justice: In prison in one of the poorest places on earth

As part of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund, Clare Herbert travels to visit Malawi’s prisons.