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The Daily Fix: Wednesday

Catch up on the day’s biggest news stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed.

Pupils in traditional costume photographed during a school enrolment ceremony in Nanjing, China, today.
Pupils in traditional costume photographed during a school enrolment ceremony in Nanjing, China, today.
Image: Qin Huai/ChinaFotoPress/PA

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

  • The latest CSO figures show that the number of people signing on to the Live Register rose for the fourth month in a row in August, bringing the unemployment level to the highest its been since December 2010. An additional 1,600 people signed on this month.
  • Fianna Fáil has announced it will not be running an internal candidate in the presidential election. However, Micheál Martin said that the party was still open to backing an independent candidate.
  • Aer Lingus has defended its decision to advertise an internship position for an Air Safety Assistant. It says the role does not involve any overseeing of safety management at the airline.
  • Finance Minister Michael Noonan said that banks can’t ‘fritter away’ money on a blanket mortgage relief programme, but that banks need to distinguish between those who can pay their debts and those who can’t. Here are the ten things you should know about Ireland’s mortgage debt and arrears situation.
  • Dublin Airport will begin testing full-body security scanners later this year. The 18-month trial will apply only to staff areas and will produce a mannequin-like silhouette of the body.
  • A new survey of parents in Ireland has found that over a third of children aged 8 now owns a mobile phone. In today’s poll on, we asked at what age you thought children should be before getting a phone and the majority (61 per cent) said between ten and 15 years.
  • There has been much speculation about what new features will appear on the next generation iPhone. Here’s one animation company’s imaginative take on the iPhone 5:

  • At least 88 people, including children, are believed to have died while detained by Syrian security forces, according to Amnesty International.The organisation says that some of these deaths could constitute crimes against humanity and criticised the UN Security Council’s response to the situation in Syria so far as “utterly inadequate”.
  • Over €1 billion-worth of Libyan dinars is being flown in cash by the British RAF to Libya after the UN moved to release assets it froze after the conflict erupted in mid-February.
  • It’s transfer deadline day in European soccer. Follow the movers and shakers on‘s transfer liveblog.
  • Sinead O’Connor says that she decided to pull out of this Friday’s Late Late Show after an RTÉ staff member was “patronising, insulting and disrespectful”. The singer had said earlier that the programme “just isn’t a safe situation” for her and would “absolutely” not discuss the reasons for her withdrawal from the show’s line-up, but later relented and posted a blog post about it. She’s due to co-present the Late Show on Classic Hits 4FM tonight, where she is apparently planning to discuss Irish people’s reluctance to discuss sex.
  • Not sure where to go on your next holidays, but fancy something ‘a bit different’? Then check out North Korea’s new cruise ship.
  • The hunt for a meteorite has begun after one spotted over Ireland last week is believed to have landed in the north-west of the country. Meanwhile, this is what the Earth (on the left) and the Moon look like from 9.66 million kilometres away. The image was captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft which is making its way towards Jupiter:

(Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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