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Dublin: 17 °C Saturday 8 August, 2020

Here's What Happened Today: Saturday

Everybody’s talking about the Marks and Spencer strike, major flight problems, and Nelson Mandela’s funeral…

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

imageStaff at Marks and Spencer on Henry Street in Dublin at the picket line during today’s strike by more than 2,000 employees. (Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire)



imageFlowers and tributes at the statue of Nelson Mandela in Westminster Square in central London today. (Pic: Laura Lean/PA Wire)

#TRADE: The World Trade Organisation has agreed a historic global trade deal worth $1 trillion.

#MANDELA: Nelson Mandela’s family has spoken publicly about their grief after his death. [BBC]

#FREE: North Korea has released an 85-year-old American man who was detained in October while visiting the DPRK.


  • With all the focus on PlayStation and Xbox this week, what has happened to Nintendo? [Wired]
  • Google is one step closer to unveiling its own set-top box for streaming videos next year. [Mashable]
  • Thinking about buying a new phone? Here’s our guide to the best – and worst – features of some of the most popular smartphones out there.

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After years of writing about gun atrocities in America – from Columbine to Fort Hood to Aurora – journalist Mathew Lysiak left the newspaper he was working for after covering the massacre at Newtown. In this thoughtful piece, he explains why. [Newsweek]

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