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Friday 2 June 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# North America

This year
# China
White House says US has no intention of returning recovered balloon debris to China
It comes after Beijing confirmed earlier that a similar balloon spotted flying over Latin America is Chinese.
Last year
# hurricane orlene
Orlene upgraded to Category Four hurricane as it heads for Mexico
Orlene is due to make landfall tomorrow night.
# Health
Rare monkeypox outbreaks detected in Europe and North America
Britain has confirmed nine cases of the virus since 6 May, and the United States verified its first on Wednesday.
All time
# Touchy subject
'Is that what was in the media? That my wife got her own way?' - Rooney rebuffs reports of MLS exit
The former England captain bristled when asked about stories that wife Coleen demanded he quits North America when his contract expires.
# decisions decisions
Tomorrow Fifa will choose between North America and Morocco to host 2026 World Cup
On the eve of the World Cup in Russia, 207 Fifa member nations will cast their vote in a congress of world football’s governing body.
# world in peace
This 1979 news report about a solar eclipse had a poignant message for 2017
The report was on a solar eclipse that was moving across North America.
# little swimmers
Warning of 'huge public health problem' as men's sperm counts have halved in last 40 years
Sperm counts among men in western countries dropped by over 50% between 1973 and 2011.
# far north
Scientists baffled by appearance of pink sea creatures off Alaska
The tropical, filter-feeding spineless creatures are usually found along the equator.
# Aer Lingus
What Does Your Favourite Destination Say About You?
We can tell you.
Opinion: Get used to 'freak weather' – that’s climate change, folks
Extreme weather like North America’s current ‘Snowmaggedon’ may be something we should learn to expect.
# winnipeg
Bodies of four babies found in Canada storage locker
Police say they are speaking with “a number of individuals”.
# Taxi
Taxi app Hailo is pulling out of North America because of a price war
The company has also lost one of its CEOs.
# oh canada
Quebec says 'Non': Separatists who want to leave Canada handed crushing defeat
Quebec has had two referendums on sovereignty. The last such vote, in 1995, narrowly rejected independence.
# leo var-glad-kar
Looks like The Gathering worked — last year was officially our best for tourism since 2008…
Tourism bosses say they’re thrilled with today’s official figures. Gabriel Byrne, probably not so much…
# New Job
Ex-CEO of Enterprise Ireland to become chair of IDA Ireland
Frank Ryan will appear before the Joint Committee for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation later today to discuss the appointment.
# Flights
Up and away: Fourth month of air traffic growth at Dublin Airport
Air traffic saw a growth of 3.9 per cent in June – but how many flights were there per day on average?
# Tourism
Trips to Ireland increase – with American visitors leading the way
Tourism Ireland says certain markets, such as North America, were performing particularly well this year and that mainland Europe would be a “critical” area for tourism growth for the rest of 2013.
# new dawn
5 things we learned from Ireland's summer tour
Les Kiss and Joe Schmidt turned down the chance to experiment wildly and Ian Madigan was the go-to guy.
# summer tour
McFadden ends season on hat-trick high as Ireland chisel out win in Canada
Ireland finished strong, with four tries in the final 25 minutes of the season.
# summer tour
No party in the USA as Ireland labour to narrow win
Houston, we had some problems.
# New guys
Olding and Henshaw to make debut in USA as Madigan given the nod at 10
Ian Madigan will make his first start for Ireland as will Iain Henderson and David Kilcoyne.
# hit or kiss
Some pearls of Aussie wisdom from Ireland’s new head coach Les Kiss
The Australian will take charge of the national team for the summer rugby tour to North America.
# Hasta luego?
Raul Castro raises possibility of retiring as Cuban president
The 81-year-old is due to be installed for another five-year term on Sunday – but may not see it through.
# beat girl
Irish-produced DJ drama could be the next Ugly Betty (with decks)
This is the first time an Irish company has sold drama format rights to the US, the company behind Beat Girl said.
# earthquakes
US-Mexico border hit by two offshore earthquakes
The two quakes – which struck only 17 seconds apart – are of magnitude 6.4 and 6.1, but no tsunami alerts have been issued.
# I will find you...
Taken 2 tops North American box office on debut
Liam Neeson’s Taken 2 brought in around $50 million at the US box office this weekend.
# grisly
Canada: Woman's severed head found in park
The grim find comes just one day after a human foot was discovered by hikers near the location.
# Visit Ireland
Latest visitor figures described as 'flat' by Tourism Ireland
Three million tourists came to Ireland in the first six months of the year.
# Ring of Fire
PHOTOS: Last night's annular eclipse as seen around the world
The sun, moon and earth came into specific points of their orbit last night which made it look like there was a ring of fire around the moon.
# Goodbye Riverdance
Riverdance bids farewell to US
After 16 years Riverdance will end its US tour in June. The final St Patrick’s Day performance will take place in Chicago this weekend.
# Tourism
Number of overseas visitors to Ireland up for the first time in four years
The Irish Tourist Industry Confederation said the number of overseas visitors to Ireland had risen this past year.
# Legal Injection
North America's only legal drug injection facility to stay open, says Canadian court
Canada’s Supreme Court ruled today against the government’s efforts to shut down the facility in Vancouver.
# Hurricane Irene
Department of Foreign Affairs advises against travel to Bahamas
A travel advisory warns against all non-essential travel to the Bahamas, with Hurricane Irene set to hit within 48 hours.