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Here’s What Happened Today: Friday

The death of Nelson Mandela has dominated headlines worldwide today…

Updated at 11.03pm

NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.

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Flags fly at half-mast at Government Buildings [Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images]

IRELAND

WORLD

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A child looks up at a giant bronze statue of former president Nelson Mandela, on Mandela Square in Sandton, Johannesburg [AP Photo/Athol Moralee]

#SOUTH AFRICA: President Jacob Zuma announced plans for the state funeral and other memorial services in honour of Nelson Mandela

#CHINA: Legal action was launched against a well-known film director over claims he has fathered too many children

#BRAZIL: Ireland won’t be there, but the show must go on: the draw for the 2014 World Cup Finals took place today

INNOVATION

  • It was revealed that smartphone users are 33 per cent more likely than others to fall victim to identity fraud
  • ‘Progress’ report: A Facebook engineer says the social network has informally experimented with bringing in a “sympathise” button [Huffington Post]
  • Innovation, or horrifying foretaste of things to come? A gaming chain has introduced ‘Christmas dinner in a tin’ [Buzzfeed Tech]

PARTING SHOT

Education Minister Ruairí Quinn and TD John Lyons have some unique decorations to hang on the Labour Party Christmas tree.

They were each presented with an elvish ‘mini-me’ by the junior infants at St Joseph’s during a visit today.

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[Image: John Lyons TD via Twitter]

Now everyone’s going to want one.

First posted at 9.30pm

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