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Take 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.
Jul 25th 2011, 4:57 PM 2,332 0

EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five stories you really should check out by 5pm.

1. #PAPAL NUNCIO: The Pope’s representative in Ireland, Papal Nuncio Giuseppe Leanza, has been recalled to theVatican today. The Vatican said he was recalled so he could assist in formulating an official reply to the Irish Government on criticism of the Vatican in the Cloyne Report. A Vatican official also took the opportunity to deride “some excessive reactions” to the report’s findings. What could he mean?

2. #NORWAY: A court in Norway has ordered that the man suspected of a bombing in Oslo and gun attack on an island 20 miles away on Friday should be held in isolation for at least a month. The closed hearing of allegations against Anders Behring Breivik, 32, took place as Norway held a minute’s silence for the people confirmed dead in Friday’s massacres.

Meanwhile, the Norwegian authorities have reduced the death toll for Utoya from 86 to 68, while another victim has been confirmed in the Oslo bombing, bring the revised death toll for the attacks to 76.

3. #BUDGET 2012: Lots of talk about welfare payments today. While Enda Kenny spoke of a massive overhaul of the welfare system, Joan Burton was saying she couldn’t rule out cuts to welfare payments in December’s Budget. This is despite both the Taoiseach and Tanaiste’s vow in their 100 Days press conference six weeks ago that there would be no welfare cuts.

4. #AIB: The troubled bank has reported an underlying loss of €2.6bn for the first six months of this year. The losses were reported on the same day that a group of investors came up with €1.123bn to buy out some of the State’s stake in Bank of Ireland.

5. #ROTTEN APPLES: remember the fake ‘Apple’ shops in China, selling what appear to be iPads and iPhones? They have been shut down after attention was brought to them by an American blogger last week.

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