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# Spying
China has conducted spy balloon programme for years, says Pentagon
Antony Blinken said the US has briefed dozens of countries on the programme, which officials said has been active over five continents.
# Death Toll
Death toll in Turkey-Syria earthquake surpasses 15,000
It comes after the president of Turkey acknowledged ‘shortcomings’ in his country’s response.
Voices
Anti-refugee protests a far cry from grassroots 'say no to water charges' campaigns
“You’d have to have your head in the sand not to notice that Ireland’s emerging far-right is playing a crucial role here,” writes the Dublin TD.
# an coimisiún toghcháin
New Electoral Commission formally established with Supreme Court judge as chairperson
One of the commission’s responsibilities will be reviewing Dáil Éireann and European Parliament constituencies and local electoral area boundaries.
THE MORNING LEAD
Zelenskyy due in Brussels as European leaders set to discuss Ukraine, economy and migration
A report by
Tadgh McNally
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is due to attend his first EU summit since he was re-appointed in December.
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# IT breach
MTU Cork confirms hackers have encrypted university data and demanded a ransom
The university said it is planning for a “phased and managed return” to teaching and learning from Monday.
The university suffered the cyber attack over the weekend.
SPOTLIGHT
Island Nation
Investigation reveals islanders waiting 25 years for policies to thrive and not just survive
PODCAST
Is the State ignoring island depopulation?
HOUSING CONSTRAINTS
'Serious risk’ for islanders trying to sustain populations
'FRAGMENTED & UNPREDICTABLE'
Healthcare services failing island communities
'ON ITS KNEES'
Future of island fishers on a knife edge
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# surprise visit
Zelensky arrives in Paris on first visit since Russian invasion
The Ukrainian president has urged the UK and Western allies to provide ‘wings for freedom’ by supplying his air force with advanced jets.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed UK parliament this afternoon
Zelenskyy then travelled to Buckingham Palace for his audience with the King
The UK has also announced new sanctions targeting those who have helped Russian president Vladimir Putin build his personal wealth
# Gardaí
Gardaí appeal for information ahead of anniversary of murdered man Andrew Allen
Andrew was 24 when he was shot dead at his home in Buncrana in 2012.
# disney dismay
Disney lays off 7,000 as streaming subscribers decline
The layoffs follow similar moves by US tech giants such as Meta and Google.
# All Square
Jadon Sancho earns Man Utd a point as managerless Leeds let two-goal lead slip
Sancho equalised after Marcus Rashford had pulled one back for the hosts.
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Dairy farmer Niall Moore from Co. Waterford describes his life on the farm and the efforts being made by the Irish dairy sector to be more sustainable.
# Fascism
Greek MPs block jailed neo-Nazi from leading a new party in election
Kasidiaris was among several top Golden Dawn members who were handed heavy prison sentences in relation to the murder of an anti-fascist rapper.
# Miriam Burns
Man (50s) released without charge following arrest in connection to death of woman last year
The body of Miriam Burns was discovered at her home in Ardshanavooley, Killarney, on the afternoon of 15 August, 2022.
# montreal
Two children killed after 'deliberate' bus crash into Montreal daycare centre
The driver, a 51-year-old man, was arrested for homicide and dangerous driving.
# Rescue Effort
Erdogan admits 'shortcomings' as Turkey-Syria earthquake death toll tops 12,000
The World Health Organization has warned that up to 23 million people could be affected by the earthquake.
The World Health Organization has warned that up to 23 million people could be affected by the earthquake
The death toll is expected to continue to rise
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has acknowledged "shortcomings" in his government's response to the earthquake
Irish aid organisations seek support for emergency earthquake response in Turkey and Syria
Confusion over former Newcastle midfielder Atsu's safety after Turkey earthquake
SPOTLIGHT
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Magic of music
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Lisa Kelly
Economics
Why news headlines about Irish GDP are still irritatingly misleading
Ciarán Casey
E-scooters
Please legislate to keep e-scooters off footpaths
Anne Marie Kearney
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# evening fix
Here's what happened today: Wednesday
Your roundup of what made the headlines today.
# Space
New planet ring system discovered in our Solar System
The ring system is around a newly discovered dwarf planet, named Quaoar, which is around half the size of Pluto and orbits the Sun beyond Neptune.
# Baltic Sea
White House rejects report that US was behind Nord Stream pipeline sabotage
Investigations by Swedish, Danish and German authorities have not pinned the blame on any one country or actor.
# Possible XV
Doubts over Sheehan and Murray as Ireland get set to name team
Andy Farrell had looked likely to name an unchanged XV but there are a couple of doubts.
# Earthquake
Irish aid organisations seek support for emergency earthquake response in Turkey and Syria
The death toll from the quake has above 11,700 this afternoon.
Voices
Opinion: Attorney General's nursing home fees report largely side-steps the actual criticisms
Máiréad Enright of the University of Birmingham examines the Attorney General’s recent report on refunds on illegal nursing home charges.
# Tallaght
Man hospitalised with serious injuries following collision between e-bike and lorry
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
# Bertie Ahern
Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern rejoins Fianna Fáil after more than 10 years
Ahern resigned from Fianna Fáil in 2012 after the Mahon Tribunal.
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# TG4
TG4 confirms its documentary on Creeslough tragedy will air tonight as planned
The father of one of the ten victims has questioned the timing of the documentary, which is due to air tonight.
# Drugs
Revenue seize MDMA tablets worth over €300,000 in Athlone
A parcel of MDMA weighing 5 kg was found with an address in Kildare written on it.
# Courts
Urantsetseg Tserendorj murder: Sentencing of teen delayed due to 'yawning gap' in legislation
The judge said the Children Act does not deal with young offenders such as the accused in this case.
# Worry
Confusion over former Newcastle midfielder Atsu's safety after Turkey earthquake
The coach of Turkish club Hatayspor said on Wednesday the Ghana midfielder is yet to be found.
# Courts
Human trafficking and prostitution trial of two Brazilian women collapses
The judge said that the case could not proceed due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’ but will begin before a new jury later in the month.
# chat gpt
Microsoft and Google go head-to-head with new products aimed at winning AI tech battle
The two Silicon Valley titans are rushing into the space after the ChatGPT bot caught the imagination of web users around the world.
# anti-racism
Varadkar condemns racism 'of any form' in the Dáil amid anti-refugee protests
The Government plans to unveil an action plan against racism in March.
# Update
Conway out for another 3-4 months while Snyman steps up training with Munster
The Ireland wing underwent knee surgery last week and could miss the rest of Munster’s campaign.
# New Zealand
Enough cocaine to 'service New Zealand for 30 years' found floating in Pacific Ocean
The cocaine is thought to have been dropped there by an international drug-smuggling syndicate.
# Donetsk
International team blames Putin for supplying missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines MH17
The announcement comes after a Dutch court convicted two Russians and a Ukrainian rebel for their roles in shooting down the Boeing 777 almost ten years ago.
# Lia Fáil
‘Mindless’ and ‘ugly’ vandalism of 5,000-year-old Hill of Tara standing stone condemned
The Lia Fáil standing stone was damaged some time between Monday evening and yesterday morning.
# what's the french for yerra
Ntamack inspired by Sexton ahead of showdown with 'comfortable favourites' Ireland
‘Rankings are temporary things,’ said the French out-half. ‘Who is number one in a World Cup year is the one that lifts the trophy.’
# food poverty
1 in 5 parents haven't had enough food for their children, according to survey
A survey on food poverty by Barnardos showed an increase in food poverty, compared with their previous survey.
# rossa fanning
Attorney General: 'Weakness' in State's stance on disability allowance payments
He said that this policy was a “reasonable one” with a “rational basis”.
# Syria
Newborn baby in Syria rescued after mother gives birth while buried in earthquake debris
The girl was found under rubble with her umbilical cord still connected to her mother.
# Disruption
Dublin Airport chief calls for 'draconian' prison sentences for flying drones over airfields
The current maximum sentence in Ireland is seven years, but it’s a life sentence in the UK.
# Brexit
UK Supreme Court challenge on lawfulness of Northern Ireland protocol is dismissed
The appellants argued that the legislation passed at Westminster to give effect to the Withdrawal Agreement conflicts with the 1800 Acts of Union.