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The Daily Fix: Monday

Our collection of the day’s news, developments and random tidbits.

Never work with Labour or kids: Enda Kenny's launch of the Happy Heart appeal didn't strike a happy tone with everyone...
Never work with Labour or kids: Enda Kenny's launch of the Happy Heart appeal didn't strike a happy tone with everyone...
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EVERY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of the latest news stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed during the day.

  • It’s been a busy day in the race to become Ireland’s next President. This evening David Norris secured the backing of Fingal County Council; if he gets three more councils to do likewise, his name will appear on the ballot. A similar move in Wexford was blocked. Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin earlier said Bertie Ahern won’t be seeking the party’s nod to run this time around.
  • The prime minister of Pakistan has rubbished suggestions that his government was complicit in hiding Osama bin Laden from the United States – but has warned the US not to encroach upon the country’s borders again. Barack Obama says the raid was the “longest 40 minutes of my life”.
  • Ten people have been arrested in Munster following a series of early-morning crime raids by the Gardaí; a large quantity of cash was also seized.
  • In the UK, a teenage girl has been found dead – just three days after she posted a Facebook status complaining about a stalker. Police in Dorset say her death is unexplained.
  • The Queen has gotten so bored waiting for her visit to Ireland (at least, that’s what we heard anyway) that she’s ordered an iPad. Here’s our suggestion of apps she might enjoy.
  • Mel Gibson’s first movie since his acrimonious split from his Russian girlfriend last year has tanked at the box office, earning just over $100,000 in the US in its first weekend. The movie ‘The Beaver’, directed by Jodie Foster, cost $21m to make.
  • The Giro d’Italia has been struck by tragedy on its third day: Belgian rider Wouter Weylandt, who won a stage on the tour last year, died after a crash during a steep downhill descent. His girlfriend is expecting the couple’s first child in September.
  • Der Spiegel caused some waves on Friday when it reported that Greece was threatening to leave the Euro. One economist reckons that the story was a giant, deliberate ruse – and here he explains why.
  • Are you an international terrorist looking to hide from the military forces of another country? Is Abbottabad a little too far out of your way? This house – which turns into a concrete block upon demand – might be exactly what you’re after.
  • What’s the world coming to? These Twitter users had to ask who Osama bin Laden was, and why we should care about his death…
  • The price of oil has begun to creep down – but as yet there’s been no decline in the price at the petrol pumps. In his exclusive weekly column, Nick Leeson asks: why?
  • Finally this evening: do you have a fear of heights? You might not want to watch this video. This is what it’s like to be an electrical engineer who needs to climb 1768ft to get to the top of a broadcast antenna. Watch it on full-screen: you’ll get woozy.

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