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Here's What Happened Today: Saturday

Moya Doherty defends RTÉ, National Maternity Hospital, Berlin Wall falls 30 years ago.

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


AUTUMN SCENES 758A7850_90584674 The last rays of sunshine iluminate sheep on the Curragh Plains in County Kildare. Source: Eamonn Farrell/


30-anniversary-of-the-fall-of-the-wall-berlin Tourists photograph themselves on the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Source: PA Images

#BERLIN WALL: Chancellor Angela Merkel called for the protection for democracy and freedom as Germany commemorated the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

#POLANKSI: A French former model and actress has accused Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski of raping her in a Swiss ski resort when she was a teenager.

#THOMAS GRIFFITHS: A UK schoolboy who stabbed his former girlfriend to death then placed her hand on the knife in her neck to make it look like a suicide has been sentenced to life.  


crash Scene of the crash in the town Turkey, about 420km from Dallas.

A small plane that crashed in Texas in September was flying “too slow” as part of a gender reveal stunt, a new report from US authorities has found

The NTSB has concluded that the pilot of the crop duster was maneuvering the plane at a low altitude in order to “dump about 350 gallons (1,325 litres) of pink water for a gender reveal”.

The crash is the latest in a series of accidents that have occurred as a result of dangerous gender reveal incidents.

Last month, an Iowa woman was killed when a homemade device that was meant to spray colorful powder into the air instead exploded like a pipe bomb.

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