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The Daily Fix: Sunday

In today’s Fix: broken election promises, long-lost paintings, the last day of Oxegen and a final hidden message from staff at the News of the World…

The Rubberbandits at Oxegen
The Rubberbandits at Oxegen
Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

EVERY EVENING, brings you a round-up of the day’s news, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed.

  • Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he “regrets any confusion” after apparently backtracking on campaign promises to safeguard A&E services at Roscommon hospital. In a statement this evening, Mr Kenny said he was forced to renege on the pledge after a HIQA report raised safety concerns.
  • Rupert Murdoch has flown into Britain to try and contain the fallout from the closure of the News of the World. This afternoon he was reported by Reuters to have appeared publicly with his arm around Rebekah Brooks, who edited the paper at the time of the alleged phone-hacking scandal.
  • Meanwhile, it’s emerged NOTW staffers may have got their own back. The final paper’s crossword contains clues including “criminal enterprise”, “string of recordings” and “woman stares wildly at calamity”, the Huffington Post noticed. And here in Ireland, we saw candid photos of Irish News of the World staff putting their last edition to bed.
  • An art scholar believes he has found a ‘lost’ painting by Michaelangelo at an Oxford college. Last month he claimed to have located one behind a wealthy family’s sofa, according to the Independent on Sunday.
  • The space shuttle Atlantis has successfully docked with the International Space Station on its last ever mission. NASA are still live-streaming stunning video images from the ISS of the shuttle silhouetted against the turning earth, and the astronauts in zero gravity inside.

A photo taken from a passing plane shows the vapour trail left by the shuttle Atlantis as it took off from Florida (via @ChadGraff on Twitpic)

  • There are fears that Italy could be the next European country to topple off the economic cliff. EU leaders have called an emergency meeting for tomorrow after apparently being spooked by record-high interest rates on the nation’s government bonds.
  • It’s emerged that a Dublin couple successfully negotiated a €200,000 reduction on their mortgage – after reportedly being on the verge of simply handing the bank their house keys.
  • Dozens of people are feared dead after a cruise boat sank on Russia’s enormous Volga river. Passing vessels pulled some survivors from the water, but at least 61 people are still missing.
  • As the final day of Oxegen 2011 drew to a close, we collected the best of your pictures from the festival – and learned that Scooby-Doo spent too much money last night.
  • And finally, if you’re working in a city tomorrow, this beautiful time-lapse video might make it seem more bearable:

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