Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Advertisement

Here's What Happened Today: Thursday

Everyone’s talking about Obama considering hitting Iraq, Russia’s ban on EU food, and Denis O’Brien…

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

IRELAND

File photo: food markets Source: Joe Dunne/Photocall Ireland!

INTERNATIONAL

Obama Veterans Health Care Source: AP/Press Association Images

#ESCALATION: US President Barack Obama is reported to be considering air strikes against extremists in northern Iraq.

#ON TRIAL: Oscar Pistorius has been described as a ‘deceitful witness’ whose version of events was ‘absolutely devoid of any truth’ at the summing up of his murder trial.

#WAR CRIMES: Two Khmer Rouge leaders have been found guilty of crimes against humanity, three and a half decades after the regime’s genocidal rule in Cambodia.

Making a difference

A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article.

Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can make sure we can keep reliable, meaningful news open to everyone regardless of their ability to pay.

INNOVATION

  • How well do you know internet slang? Do you know your smh from your tbh? Take this quiz from the Guardian and see how you do. [Guardian
  • It’s slot machine science: From the carpets to the lighting to the layout of the tables, here’s how casinos get you to spend more money. [Vox]

PARTING SHOT

Philippe Petit Source: Alan Welner/AP Photo

Forty years ago today, 24-year-old Philippe Petit walked across a tightrope suspended between the World Trade Centre’s Twin Towers. In this interview today with The Telegraph, Petit describes how he had spent six and a half years building up to it, the drama of getting to the top of the towers, and how happy he felt to finally get to do it. “There were a few miracles,” he says. “The gods were with me”.  [Telegraph]

About the author:

Christine Bohan

Read next:

COMMENTS (6)