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People dressed as zebras 'smoke' on the London Underground to promote the launch of the Zebra Electric Cigarette. David Parry/PA Wire
Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Friday

Your nightly news round-up…

EVERY EVENING, brings you the day’s biggest news stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed.

  • A group of experts from the HSE, major hospitals and universities has been set up to examine the possible introduction of universal health insurance in Ireland.
  • Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor is calling for the government to look into the possibility of blocking access to certain websites which promote eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.
  • Ireland is among an international coalition of countries aiming to cooperate with Syrian opposition groups in an effort to end the ongoing violence and humanitarian crisis. Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said that today’s meeting had ruled out direct military assistance similar to that given to the Libyan rebels fighting against Gaddafi.
  • A nine-year-old girl in the US has died after allegedly being forced to run around her family home for three hours non-stop as a punishment for eating a bar of chocolate.
  • Clinical psychologist Tony Humphries has defended his controversial remarks about autism, saying his view that autism is caused by environmental factors is supported by current research.
  • A Paddy Power advert promoting Cheltenham Ladies’ Day has been pulled in the UK following a number of complaints – despite a UK advertising standards organisation recently approving the ad for broadcast.

Jedward fans arranged to meet today via Jedward’s ‘Planet Jedward’ Twitter account and marched around Dublin to show their support for the brothers ahead of tonight’s Eurosong contest. (Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)

  • Florence Noonan, wife of Finance Minster Michael Noonan, has passed away aged 68. She had been battling Alzheimer’s for some years and was diagnosed with pneumonia two weeks ago.
  • The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has rejected suggestions that Miriam O’Callaghan treated Martin McGuinness unjustly in a Prime Time debate during the #Áras11 campaign.
  • Here are the new Nike trainers that led to riot police being deployed in Orlando, Florida last night.
  • In today’s poll we asked if you though laws on underage sex should be the same for boys and for girls. At the time of writing, 90 per cent said ‘yes’.
  • Have you seen the latest Apple-branded product confiscated in China? It may say it’s an iPhone, but… In other Apple-related news today, here’s one Italian designer’s visualisation of what the iPhone 5 might look like.
  • It’s Friday – and you know what that means. In today’s cute animal slideshow: sloths. Baby sloths.
  • Five more countries have chosen Ireland as an Olympic training location for their swimmers.
  • It’s been a year since the general election which brought in the Fine Gael-Labour coalition government. How many of these election phrases still sound familiar?
  • Have you seen this incredible monkey attack video yet? The animal’s precision is amazing (or would be, without that pane of glass):

(Video via jalparis004)

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