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International - Today’s News

Opinion: The murder of James Foley will backfire spectacularly on Isis

Western powers were growing increasingly weary of military engagements in the Middle East – but this provocation will ensure a sustained, focused campaign to eliminate Isis.

“Time for peace” as Russian convoy returns from Ukraine

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in talks with Ukraine’s President.

Uh oh: Iceland ups volcano aviation alert to red

That massive groan was Irish holidaymakers.

Urgent action needed to avoid “massacre” in Iraq

The UN says that the town of Amerli is seriously at risk.

Five Palestinians from the same family killed by Israeli warplane attacks

Israel has vowed no let-up until it can guarantee the safety of its civilians.

To pay or not to pay? James Foley’s death underscores an agonising dilemma

It is estimated that terrorists net about $120m between 2004 and 2012 in ransoms.

International - Yesterday’s News

HSE rules out Ebola in death of Donegal man

“Infection control procedures, which had been put in place as a precautionary measure, will now be stepped down,” the HSE said today.

The man who shot John Lennon has been refused parole for the eighth time

Now 59, Mark David Chapman has been in jail for 33 years.

Living forever may never be possible, says scientific study

But we have so many things we were planning to do with our immortality.

National Guard leave town as Ferguson tensions calm

Orderly protests appeared overnight.

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Two-year jail terms for hiding Ebola victims in Sierra Leone

New legislation passed as WHO outlines reasons it believes the current Ebola outbreak is being underestimated.

Islamic State will “have to be defeated” says America’s top general

The militants have an “apocalyptic, end of days vision”, it has been said.

Reports: 70 killed as Shiite militiamen open fire at Sunni mosque

It’s reported that a suicide bomber blew up explosives inside the building, and that the gunmen then fired on the fleeing worshippers.

Teen jailed for stabbing friend to death over £30 breakfast loan

Yusef Al-Jaaf was sentenced to life at London’s Old Bailey.

Hamas executes 18 men in Gaza for alleged collaboration with Israel

A Hamas-linked website claimed men had been killed for allegedly reconnoitering targets for Israeli strikes.

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Death toll from catastrophic Hiroshima landslides could double

The search for survivors was suspended today over concerns of fresh landfalls at the disaster site.

German policeman goes on trial over ‘cannibalism’ murder

“He wanted to kill the man and cut him to pieces,” said the prosecutor’s spokesperson.

Could the UN Security Council do more to stop conflicts?

The body has faced criticism from the outgoing head of the UN’s human rights wing over its inability to stop conflict and save lives.

Read the chilling email IS militants sent to James Foley’s parents

The email says the militant group will “not stop until we quench our thirst for your blood”.

Vatican official uses trucking company to explain why Church is not responsible for child abuse by priests

Survivors have said that he is making excuses for “inexcusable behaviour”.

From Business ETC That’s a lot of stuff!… This ship has set a world record for most containers ever carried Fair Play Mary

That’s a lot of stuff!… This ship has set a world record for most containers ever carried

The Mary Maersk is so big that the Spanish port she left from had to be equipped with new cranes before the shipment could be loaded.

In focus: Myanmar struggles with ancient scourge of leprosy

Around 3,000 new cases are found each year in the country, and medical workers are warning that the debilitating disease could be on the rise once more.

Experimental Ebola drugs shouldn’t just be given to well-off patients, say experts

Two US patients and a number of other doctors have been treated with experimental drug, Zmapp, which has never been used on humans before.

International - Thursday 21 August, 2014

Florida’s state ban on gay marriage has been ruled unconstitutional

The statewide bar is the latest to be overruled by a federal court.

Teenager sentenced to 11 years in jail for carving swastika on boy’s forehead

The 16-year-old told the victim that he was “very sincerely sorry”.

Ebola: What is it? How do people become infected?

Ebola first appeared in 1976. The current outbreak has killed more than 1,300 people, with experts warning it could take six months to bring under control.

ISIS militants holding James Foley captive asked for a ransom of $100m

Foley’s family were in e-mail contact with those holding him.

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Israeli bomb shelter converted to illegal casino and drug lab

Police found gaming boards and chips, bottles of alcohol and a kilo of locally grown marijuana at the shelter in southern Israel.

Russian aid convoy begins customs check after Ukraine border delay

Trucks were deemed a ‘Trojan horse’ by Ukrainian authorities, a claim denied by Moscow.

Three Hamas commanders and four children among at least 15 killed in Israeli strikes today

Air strikes have stepped up on day 45 of the conflict, militants fired 18 rockets over the border since midnight.

US doctor who contracted Ebola in Liberia to be released from hospital

Kent Brantly is one of two American Ebola patients controversially treated with an experimental drug.

Couple charged with theft from passengers of missing flight MH370

Yesterday, Australia’s Prime Minister says there is still “a reasonable chance” of finding the plane.

Debate Room: Was the New York Post’s front page photo of James Foley unethical?

We look in more detail at an issue which has caused widespread anger…

Thailand’s junta leader named PM as Irish warned over travel

Irish travellers are being advised to exercise ‘extreme caution’ when visiting Thailand and to ensure they have the right visa before arriving there.

Poll: Should graphic videos of terrorist acts be banned? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should graphic videos of terrorist acts be banned?

YouTube and Twitter have been removing footage of James Foley’s execution in Syria.

US sent mission to try and rescue James Foley

Sadly, the journalist was killed by ISIS earlier this week.

Massive rise in ‘suicide tourism’ to Switzerland

From 2008-2012, two Irish people went to Switzerland for an assisted suicide.

WATCH: ‘Monsoon’ flood rips through Arizona desert region

“How could the desert flood?” Here’s how…

International - Wednesday 20 August, 2014

Video of journalist James Foley being beheaded is authentic, says White House

Twitter has said it will suspend users who post clips of the video online.

From The Score Celtic hold Maribor in Champions League qualifying first leg Report

Celtic hold Maribor in Champions League qualifying first leg

The Scottish side earned a hard-fought draw in Slovenia this evening.

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