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Sunday 5 February 2023 Dublin: 1°C
# pope francis
Pope Francis urges end to ethnic hatred at open-air mass in South Sudan
It was the pontiff’s first visit to the largely Christian country since it achieved independence from mainly Muslim Sudan in 2011.
# it's on
'More than a dream come true' - Taylor-Serrano II set for 20 May in Dublin
The highly-anticipated rematch was confirmed after Serrano became the undisputed featherweight champion last night.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you like Beyoncé?
Queen Bey could make music history tonight and become the most-awarded artist in Grammy history.
# Ukraine
Ukraine says latest Russian assault on Bakhmut beaten back
Russia unleashed a fresh wave of bombardment across the eastern front lines yesterday morning.
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It’s time to take a stand and show anyone subjected to domestic abuse that they’re not alone.
# Trussonomics
Liz Truss: I was never given a chance to implement my tax-cutting agenda
In her first detailed comments since she was forced out of No 10, Truss said she had not anticipated the resistance she would face to her plans.
# 7 great reads
Sitdown Sunday: The spaceport at the edge of the world
Settle down in a comfy chair and sit back with some of the week’s best longreads.
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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# andy farrell
Keenan a beacon of calm amidst some of the chaos in Cardiff
The Ireland fullback covered well and won some big aerial battles.
# Pakistan
Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf dies aged 79
The general became president through the last of a string of military coups in Pakistan.
# balloongate
China threatens ‘further actions’ after US shoots down suspected spying balloon
President Joe Biden ordered the craft shot down yesterday off the coast of South Carolina.
THE MORNING LEAD
Far right protesters aren't just in it for the cause - there's also money to be made
A report by
Eimer McAuley
One agitator asks his followers for support to cover travel and other expenses related to the protests.
Anti-immigration activists monetise their YouTube accounts and ask for donations, reports Eimer McAuley.
Experts say the tactics are imported from abroad but the levels of profit are small at present.
Yesterday
4th February 2023
# Up and Running
Farrell gets the chaos he craves in Cardiff as Ireland pass first test of a huge year
The visitors played some superb rugby despite the absence of key players.
# nothing forever
Quiz: How much do you know about Seinfeld?
Are you a master of your domain?
SPOTLIGHT
Voices
A wide mix of viewpoints, analysis and first-hand experiences
Magic of music
Music can unlock memories and evoke emotions for people with dementia
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
Sultans of Ping
It was a crazy sight to behold – every gig was exciting
Paul McDermott
5 great things to do in Dublin to make the most of the February Bank Holiday
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The Explainer helping make sense of challenging news stories every single week.
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# spying claims
US downs Chinese balloon over ocean and moves to recover debris
President Joe Biden had told reporters earlier that “we’re going to take care of it”.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Saturday
Here’s your roundup of what made the headlines today.
# Collapse
Klopp laments 'horrible' start against Wolves as Liverpool's season hits new low
His Liverpool side slumped to a 3-0 loss away from home today.
# Simon Harris
Harris says decision-making process for those seeking asylum will be accelerated
People seeking asylum will have decisions on their application made more quickly, the justice minister said.
# alpine resort
Five dead after avalanches in Austria and Switzerland
One victim was a 17-year-old New Zealander who was skiing when the avalanche struck.
# Breeding
Gardaí seize six dogs in Sligo in joint operation with ISPCA
A German Shepard Malamute, four American Staffordshire Terriers and one mixed-breed dog are now in the care of the ISPCA.
# Dublin Airport
Ryanair calls for government intervention as flights diverted from Dublin due to drones
Flights were also diverted yesterday for a short time due to a drone sighting.
# war effort
Western allies pledge precision rockets and missile systems to help Ukrainian war effort
Kyiv is also asking for fighter jets.
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# Job Done
Farrell's Ireland get Six Nations tilt rolling with bonus-point win in Cardiff
The visitors played some stunning rugby in the first half but had a wobble after the break.
# freezing cold
Temperatures to drop as low as -51 degrees Celsius as US and Canada experience 'Arctic blast'
Frostbite to exposed skin can occur within five minutes in such conditions.
# Derailed
Residents evacuated as train derailment causes large fire in Ohio
The train was carrying a variety of freight from Madison, Illinois, to Conway, Pennsylvania, rail operator Norfolk Southern said.
# Perth
Shark kills teenage girl in Western Australia
The girl was pulled from the water but pronounced dead at the scene after efforts to revive her failed.
# sport ireland campus
Planning permission granted for Ireland's first indoor velodrome
The facility will include 12 badminton courts and the new headquarters for Cycling Ireland and Badminton Ireland.
# Refugees
Minister asks sports bodies to help provide refugee accommodation during 'time of extreme need'
Sports Minister Catherine Martin has written to over 70 sporting bodies and organisations to seek assistance.
# partnership
A very Irish love story behind Hull's Premier League ambitions
Music, GAA and childhood sweetheart form bedrock of Sean McLoughlin’s rise under guidance of Liam Rosenior.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you going away this Bank Holiday weekend?
Let us know.
# Explainer
Explainer: What is the difference between ‘economic migrants’, ‘refugees’ and 'asylum-seekers'?
False claims about asylum seekers often use terms in confusing and contradictory ways
# memphis
Sixth officer fired after beating death of Tyre Nichols
Five Memphis officers have already been fired and charged with second-degree murder in Mr Nichols’ death.
# operation tara
Organised crime gardaí seize €700k of cocaine in Dublin
A man in his 30s was also arrested.
# impasse
Nobody really to blame for Taylor's Croke Park night falling through
Sometimes, things don’t work out. It’s just a pity that we had gotten our hopes up.
# cleared
Jury clears Musk of wrongdoing related to 2018 Tesla tweets
The trial pitted Tesla investors represented in a class-action lawsuit against Mr Musk.
# Opening Day
Gatland's return gives Wales bounce but Ireland are deserved favourites
Andy Farrell’s men will be targetting a Six Nations title and it all starts in Cardiff this afternoon.
Voices
Recipes: Pastry chef Shane Smith has some seasonal dishes for you to try
If baked cheese and tasty biscuits work for you, you’ve come to the right place.
# Trucking for Creeslough
Truck run organised by one of the first responders to Creeslough tragedy taking place today
It’s being organised by Colin Kilpatrick, who was one of the first people on the scene the day of the explosion.
# troops abroad
Lebanon troops on what the military needs: 'Pay could be better - we're months away from home'
The coming week marks the first anniversary of the Commission on the Defences Forces report.