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Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland He didn't tog out, but Chinese vice-president Xi Jinping still gave the ball a fair old whack at Croke Park earlier today.
Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Sunday

Your essential evening round-up of all the day’s main news as well as the bits and pieces that you may have missed.

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

  • Chinese vice-president Xi Jinping’s visit to Ireland continues. Today he took a trip to the Cliffs of Moher and a dairy farm. Later he was at Croke Park but most significantly he is to sign a number of trade agreements with the Irish government today in a bid to boost Irish companies’ ability to operate in China. Here’s a few snaps of what the man likely to be the next president of China has been getting up to so far.
  • AA Ireland has strongly criticised the current cost of petrol and diesel in Ireland. It says that taxes have brought the price of both fuels to an “all-time record”.
  • As he welcomed the new Papal Nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin called on the Vatican’s representatives and the clergy here to work toward a “more humble” Catholic church in Ireland.
  • As tensions between Iran and the West continue to simmer, Iran has today halted oil shipments to Britain and France. It’s a pre-emptive move ahead of all out EU sanctions coming into effect later this year that will block all exports of Iranian fuel.
  • Fianna Fáil has proposed a bill which would protect the rights of lesbian, gay and bisexual teachers working Ireland. The proposal has been widely welcomed.
  • A man is in a critical condition in hospital following an assault in Thurles overnight. Another man has been arrested and is being detained in the Tipperary town by gardaí.
  • It may be helping with the bailout that ensures our country is running but the European Commission is taking €141,000 off of Ireland. Here’s how and why…

This is one from last week but we thought we’d share it for its undoubted comedy value. As British Prime Minister David Cameron tries some porridge during a visit to the Quaker Oats factory in Scotland, his dining partner seems either very angry or very disinterested. (PA)

  • The US sports TV network ESPN has had to apologise after it used a racial slur in a headline on one of its stories about basketball star Jeremy Lin. The headline, which can be seen here, remained online for just over half-an-hour before it was taken down. The offending writer has since been suspended, it had been reported.
  • A battle of two heavyweight boxers grabs all the headlines, yet it’s not the one you’re thinking of as British boxer Dereck Chisora’s defeat to Vitali Klitschko paled into insigificance after his post-match brawl with former champion David Haye. See the brawl here and the read the transcript of the confrontation here.
  • A trade union holds a ballot of its members, who apparently vote in favour of strike action but then the company that employs them decides to hold its own ballot. Here’s the strange case of SIPTU’s dispute with Stobart Ireland.
  • A prison riot in Mexico has left at least 20 people dead. It is reported that the riot broke out at the prison in the early hours of this morning.
  • The Pakistani military is making its own version of the iPad. Why? Find out here.
  • Who said the Taoiseach “looked resplendent”? Who threatened to “physically burn” a competitor? Find out the answers to those two questions and read some top quotes from the week just gone right here.
  • If you’ve had a lovely Sunday, have an even lovelier Sunday evening with our 7 deadly reads. Feet up, kettle on, and clicky clicky.
  • In the FA Cup, high-flying Tottenham were brought back down to earth after they were held to a draw by Stevenage. Not so ‘triffic’ for Harry but better news for Kenny Dalglish who saw his Liverpool side smash Brighton 6-1 at Anfield in a game which included three own goals. The draw for the sixth round or quarter finals is here.
  • Finally, Whitney Houston was remembered at an emotional ceremony in New Jersey yesterday. Today she was buried at a private ceremony attended by her close family. With that in mind, here’s our favourite Whitney track. We’ll miss her:

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