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Today’s News

Three arrested after 'largest drug seizure ever made' in Northern Ireland

An estimated 600 kilos of herbal cannabis was discovered among vegetables on a lorry stopped in Co Antrim.

New Hong Kong law bans insults to China's national anthem

Today protesters defied a ban against a mass vigil commemorating the Tienanmen anniversary.

German police treating Madeleine McCann investigation as murder, prosecutors 'assume she is dead'

The suspect has been described as a “sexual predator” who has in the past been convicted of crimes against children.

Varadkar: 'Racism too is a virus... We don't need to look across the Atlantic to find racism' Dáil This post contains videos

Varadkar: 'Racism too is a virus... We don't need to look across the Atlantic to find racism'

The Taoiseach today spoke at length about racism at home and abroad in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.

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Pandemic Unemployment payment to be extended, death toll in UK over 50,000: Today's Covid-19 main points

Ireland is on course to enter Phase Two of re-opening next Monday.

Pandemic Unemployment Payment to be extended for months, but reduced for part-timers

The Taoiseach made the announcement at midday today.

From The42 ‘The only time I got near George Best was in the queue for the jacks’ Genius Week

‘The only time I got near George Best was in the queue for the jacks’

How do you stop the best players on the planet weaving their magic? Garry Doyle spoke to the men who got up close and personal with George Best, Pele, Maradona, Rory McIlroy and Jonah Lomu.

Court rules Gemma O'Doherty and John Waters must pay costs for Covid-19 legal challenge

The judge said that the costs should be limited to the two-day hearing of their application only.

Tyrone midwife on cover of British Vogue: 'I imagine my mum will be in Tesco buying all the copies she can'

Rachel Millar had no idea she’d be on the cover when a photographer came to the hospital she works in a few weeks ago.

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Searches resume after reports of young boy entering the River Boyne in Drogheda

Gardaí received reports that a young boy had entered the water last night

37 children injured in school stabbing in southern China

The victims, including teaching staff, were sent to hospital but were not in a life-threatening condition.

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Here’s what’s making headlines this morning.

Poll: Have you curbed your water use after the hosepipe ban warnings? Irish Water This post contains a poll

Poll: Have you curbed your water use after the hosepipe ban warnings?

Irish Water has been urging people to conserve water.

From The42 'Maurice was my favourite footballer, I'm in awe of the man and I played with him' Genius Week

'Maurice was my favourite footballer, I'm in awe of the man and I played with him'

Kerry team-mates recall Maurice Fitzgerald’s brilliant performance as he hit 0-9 in his first All-Ireland final in 1997.

27 female victims of trafficking assisted by Immigrant Council of Ireland last year

The council’s impact report for 2019 has been published today.

Handful of Covid-19 cases found as Wuhan tests 10 million residents

The city found no infections among 1,174 close contacts of the people who tested positive.

Clashes with police after thousands join Black Lives Matter rally in London

Videos shared on social media showed protesters and police clashing outside Downing Street.

'Racism is the knee on our neck, making it hard to breathe'

Seeing that police man kneeling George Floyd’s neck, that’s an image of what it feels like living in Ireland sometimes, writes anti-racism activist Diane Ihirwe.

UK warned to brace for 'many job losses' as deaths pass 50,000

Boris Johnson said the UK government will take an ‘interventionist’ approach to support the economy.

Former Pentagon chief launches blistering attack on Trump for trying to 'divide' America

James Mattis said the tear gassing of peaceful protesters to allow a Trump photo op was an “abuse of executive authority”.

Debunked: No, Italy hasn't discovered that Covid-19 is a bacterium rather than a virus

The Covid-19 disease is caused by a virus, not bacteria.

Coronavirus: Irish researchers develop drone that can deliver UV light to disinfect public spaces

The drones could be used at night time to sterilise empty trains, buses and restaurants.

April figures show a drop of over 40% in mortgage approvals being granted in Ireland

In total, 2,200 mortgages were approved in April.

'We can't just pause our emotions': Protest organiser not deterred by calls to stop event due to Covid-19

A series of demonstrations are expected to take place across the country on Saturday.

Ibec warns of the 'sharpest compression of economic activity in living memory'

The business lobbying group forecasts Irish unemployment to level off at 16% and GDP to contract by 11% for the year.

Yesterday’s News

Barack Obama: 'As tragic as these few weeks have been, it's an incredible opportunity to awaken' US

Barack Obama: 'As tragic as these few weeks have been, it's an incredible opportunity to awaken'

Obama has urged every US mayor to review its use of police force and commit to reforms.

Man dies in road crash in Cork

The collision occurred just after 6pm this evening.

From The42 Quiz: How much do you remember about Euro 88? Euro Stars

Quiz: How much do you remember about Euro 88?

The tournament, which was won by the Netherlands, featured the Republic of Ireland for the first time.

47 new cases and a Black Lives Matter protest set to go ahead: Today's Covid-19 main points

Three deaths were confirmed by health officials today.

Three-month immunity advice for healthcare staff not to be extended to general population

Healthcare staff have been told they can act as if they are immune from Covid-19 for three months after recovering.

Simon Coveney hasn't spoken to US ambassador yet, but says 'it's clear where Irish people stand'

The Tánaiste said that he has a “very good relationship” with the US ambassador, and they “can speak very bluntly to each other”.

Simon Harris back at work after Covid-19 test comes back negative

The health minister said that he was ‘delighted’ to be back at work.

UK and China clash as Boris Johnson offers 'route to citizenship' for 3 million Hong Kong residents

The UK offer follows China’s decision to impose a new security law on Hong Kong.

Quiz: How well do you know your Coronation Street characters?

Cast members are set to return to the cobbles for filming next week.

Four police officers to be charged in relation to George Floyd's death; one charged with second-degree murder

George Floyd’s family described news of the new charges as a “bittersweet moment”.

Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday

Here’s what made the headlines today.

From The42 The man who didn't give a f**k Maverick This post contains videos

The man who didn't give a f**k

As part of Genius Week, we chat to Paolo Hewitt about his biography of Robin Friday, one of the great footballing cult heroes.

Black Lives Matter protest still set to go ahead on Saturday after separate demonstration cancelled

A protest on Saturday is still scheduled to go ahead, despite concerns from health officials.

Your evening longread: Meet the extreme night owls

It’s a coronavirus-free zone as we bring you an interesting longread each evening to take your mind off the news.

German prisoner identified as suspect in Madeleine McCann disappearance

Her parents Kate and Gerry said they will “never give up hope” of finding their daughter alive.

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