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The Daily Fix: Sunday

In today’s Fix: The very latest developments from Norway, a miracle rescue in China, and do you fancy your very own floating volcano?

A child cools off in water spray as a heatwave continues in Wisconsin, US.
A child cools off in water spray as a heatwave continues in Wisconsin, US.
Image: AP Photo/Morry Gash

EVERY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of the main news stories of the day as well as the bits and pieces that you may have missed.

  • The death toll in Norway currently stands at 93 after another victim of the Utøya shootings died in hospital. The country’s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has led a memorial service to those killed, calling the events a “national tragedy”.
  • It’s emerged that a manifesto attributed to the suspect in the killings, Anders Behring Breivik, criticises former Taoiseach Brian Cowen and EU Commissioner Charlie McCreevy for their political positions. The Daily Telegraph has also suggested that the document plagiarises the works of Theodore Kaczynski, the so-called ‘Unabomber’.
  • Meanwhile, further shocking eyewitness accounts of the killings have begun to emerge. One survivor told of seeing a ten-year-old boy confront the gunman, before having to play dead to save his own life.
  • Norwegian police carried out raids on properties in Oslo today while investigating the attacks. Six people were arrested but later released, with officers saying they had no connection with the massacre, Sky News reports.

In other news…

  • A survey has revealed that if their house was burning down, men would be more likely to reach for their smartphone than any family photographs or mementos. Women, however, showed a little more heart.
  • A four-year-old child has been pulled alive from the wreckage 21 hours after two bullet trains collided in China, killing 35 people.
  • The parents and brother of soul singer Amy Winehouse have joined a chorus of tributes to the 27-year-old who was found dead yesterday, saying they are “bereft by loss”.
  • If you thought this gold-plated yacht was impressive, hold on to your hat: this conceptual cruiser by Yacht Island Design will come with its very own functioning volcano.
  • Sinn Féin have confirmed that they are considering backing artist Robert Ballagh as a left-wing candidate for the presidency – but said they won’t make a final decision until August.
  • If you think you could fill Michael Healy-Rae’s shoes, now is your chance. The Government is advertising for a replacement for the Kerry South TD after he was dismissed from a quango. But be warned: applicants must have “a strong sense of ethics and integrity”.
  • And finally: are you hearing things go bang in the night? Don’t worry – it’s probably just a sinkhole like the 12-metre-deep one that opened up under this pensioner’s bed…

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