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International - Thursday 26 November, 2020

Revered but not emulated: the many Maradonas of an Irish childhood

In the World Cups that were contested on the streets, if you weren’t Maradona, you were no one.

Mike Ryan says there's a 'genuine desire to offer people the hope of Christmas' but risks remain

Dr Ryan said he doesn’t “envy” the Irish government and there are “no easy answers”.

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Here’s what’s making headlines this morning.

Germany wants all EU ski resorts closed to stop spread of Covid-19

Ski slopes could be shut until 10 January.

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International - Wednesday 25 November, 2020

Johnny Depp denied appeal against 'wife beater' libel ruling

A judge refused the actor permission to appeal against his ruling, but Depp can still apply directly to the Court of Appeal.

From The42 Lacklustre Liverpool suffer shock Champions League defeat at Anfield Unexpected

Lacklustre Liverpool suffer shock Champions League defeat at Anfield

The Reds were beaten at home by an Atalanta side they defeated 5-0 in Italy three weeks ago.

Trump says he has pardoned former aide Flynn who lied to FBI over Russia

Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI over his Russian contacts.

From The42 The legacy of Diego Maradona RIP

The legacy of Diego Maradona

Maradona embodied so much of his people and his country that he elevated football to beyond just a game and the World Cup to a level it will perhaps never again reach.

UK Foreign Office minister resigns over plans to slash aid budget

Baroness Sugg, whose brief included sustainable development, said promises should be kept in the ‘tough times as well as the good’.

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'Thank you for everything' - football figures around the world pay tribute to Maradona

The football icon has passed away at the age of 60.

'Are they bouncing satellites off it?': Metal monolith discovered in Utah sparks mystery

The object was discovered by local officials who were counting sheep from a helicopter.

Denmark's culled minks rise from mass grave

The macabre phenomenon was observed at an improvised mass grave in a military training field

Car with 'stop the globalisation policies' written on it hits gate outside Merkel’s offices

The car had the slogan ‘You damned murderers of children and old people’ painted on the other side.

Meghan Markle reveals 'unbearable grief' of miscarriage

Markle said in an article for the New York Times that she lost her second child in July.

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The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Here’s what’s making headlines this morning.

Ghislaine Maxwell faces more restrictive prison conditions than killers, says lawyer

Bobbi Sternheim told a Manhattan judge that Maxwell is awoken every 15 minutes to ensure she is breathing.

Two women injured in terror attack in Switzerland department store

The suspect was known to police and had recently been investigated.

Joe Biden says Northern Ireland border must remain open after Brexit

Biden told reporters yesterday that he did not want to see “a guarded border”.

International - Tuesday 24 November, 2020

Macron outlines France’s baby steps out of lockdown

France’s infection rate per 100,000 people is now less than a third of what it was at the start of November.

Biden says his team will show the US is back on the world stage

Joe Biden said that his team would ’embody my core beliefs that America is strongest when it works with its allies’.

Taoiseach will 'make clear' to Boris Johnson the need for public inquiry into Pat Finucane murder

Pat Finucane’s widow Geraldine and son John met the Taoiseach yesterday.

Trump accepts Biden transition must begin - but insists he's still not conceding 'rigged' election

Donald Trump has acknowledged it is time for the General Services Administration to “do what needs to be done”.

Darwin manuscripts reported stolen from university library two decades after they were last seen

Police have launched an investigation and notified Interpol.

From The42 'He’s put me on the ropes, and just as I’m about to verbally swing back… 'Anyway son, it’s great to see you' BTL

'He’s put me on the ropes, and just as I’m about to verbally swing back… 'Anyway son, it’s great to see you'

Andy Mitten grants an insight into how Alex Ferguson operated on the latest episode of Behind the Lines.

Scotland poised to become first country to make period products freely available

The Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill will introduce a legal right of free access to items such as tampons in public buildings.

China's mission to bring back material from moon blasts off

Some experts say the mission could pave the way for a crewed lunar mission.

The Cambridge Dictionary's Word of the Year is... 'quarantine'

It edged out other finalist words “pandemic” and “lockdown”.

International - Monday 23 November, 2020

White House presses on with Christmas tree ceremony despite coronavirus warnings

Public health officials have pleaded with Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving or spend the holiday with people from outside their household.

No 'zero-risk' options to celebrate Christmas this year, WHO says

“There’s lower risk or higher risk – but there is a risk,” Maria Van Kerkhove said.

Joe Biden expected to nominate John Kerry for leading climate change role

The expected nomination of the former secretary of state is the latest of Mr Biden’s key picks for national security and foreign policy roles.

Corruption trial suspended for former French president Nicolas Sarkozy

The trial will resume on Thursday.

Johnson outlines new tougher tiers of restrictions for England and warns of risk of 'New Year surge'

The British Prime Minister said today that the previous regime of restrictions did not do enough to tackle the virus.

Judge to file complaint against ex-South Africa president Jacob Zuma

The former head of state walked out of an inquiry investigating alleged corruption.

Taoiseach warns businesses to 'get it into your heads' that things will be different after Brexit Clock Is Ticking This post contains videos

Taoiseach warns businesses to 'get it into your heads' that things will be different after Brexit

The UK’s post-Brexit transitionary period ends on 31 December.

Oxford and AstraZeneca vaccine can prevent 70% of people from developing virus, data shows

The vaccine has been developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University.

Ice Bucket Challenge co-founder dies aged 37 after battle with ALS

Pat Quinn helped raise millions of dollars to help others with motor neurone disease.

Biden to start naming cabinet picks Tuesday as Trump continues to resist

Trump’s latest legal setback came when a Pennsylvania court threw out his fraud claims in a scathing judgment.

Police arrest 15-year-old boy over Wisconsin mall shooting

The name of the suspect has not been released, and authorities did not announce any charges.

Discussions being held between UK and Ireland over Christmas with Covid restrictions

It comes amid work within the UK to allow people to meet in a “careful and limited way” over Christmas.

International - Sunday 22 November, 2020

From The42 Stephen Kenny's job safe as senior players and staff back Ireland boss in video investigation Latest

Stephen Kenny's job safe as senior players and staff back Ireland boss in video investigation

An FAI statement confirmed that the Republic of Ireland manager has been cleared of any wrongdoing.