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The Daily Fix: Thursday

Your evening round-up of the day’s biggest news stories, plus the bits you may have missed…

An Indian Kathakali dancer prepares for a performance in Hyderabad today.
An Indian Kathakali dancer prepares for a performance in Hyderabad today.
Image: AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A/PA Images

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

  • Gardaí investigating the fatal shooting of Melanie McCarthy-McNamara, 16, in Tallaght last week have arrested two men in Athy, Co Kildare.
  • Meanwhile, gardaí near Celbridge, Co Kildare discovered three IEDs and a handgun during an investigation into the activities of dissident republicans. The Defence Forces described the devices as ‘viable’ and the army bomb squad made them safe at the scene.
  • The Department of Social Protection says that over €654 million has been saved after a review of welfare payments coupled with a crackdown on fraudulent claims. The department also says that 437 people had their jobseekers’ payments cut for failing to engage with the National Employment Action Plan or for refusing training from FÁS or from the department.
  • The UN General Assembly is set to vote this evening on a non-binding resolution regarding the Syrian regime’s crackdown on pro-reform uprisings. In today’s poll we asked if you thought the UN should take greater action on Syria.
  • Sonia O’Sullivan will be the first person to bring the Olympic torch through Dublin ahead of the London 2012 Games this summer.

North Korean soldiers share a joke at Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang before a parade of thousands of soldiers commemorating the 70th birthday of the late Kim Jong Il today. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

  • The European Court of Justice today ruled that web hosting companies and services cannot be ordered to install filtering software to monitor uploaded content for copyright infringement.
  • If you were going on a tour of the White House, would you have worn this?
  • A European diplomat has warned that the Greek debt deal won’t be enough to save the country from a financial collapse.
  • In this morning’s column, transgender woman Louise Hannon describes how the fight for recognition is far from over.
  • Animal rights group PETA has come under fire for this pro-vegan campaign which critics say promotes violence against women.
  • The children’s rights referendum will be held later this year, though Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald says it will be held in isolation.
  • If you’re planning to visit a cinema in the coming days, you might want to check out our Three Trailer Thursday for some tips on the latest releases.
  • Have you ever heard of the eastern bongo?
  • And finally, check out this video of one man’s year – in backflips. (Although, his technique doesn’t seem to have improved significantly over that period…)

(Video via thetrollmasterflex)

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