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Here’s what happened today: Friday

Get up to speed on the scrums at Ireland’s tax offices today, the renewed strike threat by doctors and the landmark report on climate change…

Updated at 11.27pm

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  • A landmark report says scientists are now 95 per cent sure humans are the main cause of global warming.
  • Junior doctors have said strike action now appears “inevitable”.
  • Figures showed half of those trafficked into Ireland last year were children.
  • Tax offices were inundated with motorists ahead of Monday’s “off road” deadline.
  • Micheál Martin took up TV3′s debate invitation – but no word from the Taoiseach.
  • A US tech firm announced 50 jobs for Dublin as it opened its new offices.
  • The head of the ESM poured cold water on Michael Noonan’s plans to recoup banking funds.
  • Loyalist protester Willie Frazer turned up at court dressed as Abu Hamza.
  • A man in his 70s was arrested after a cannabis seizure worth €250,000.
  • A protected bird-of-prey was found shot dead, prompting an appeal from a minister.
  • And in sport, Pat McQuaid‘s eight year stint as head of the UCI came to an end.



Storm clouds hang over Capitol Hill in Washington [J. Scott Applewhite/AP/Press Association Images]

#USA: Politicians in the US are deadlocked over budget measures tonight, meaning a government shut-down could be on the cards.

#GOOD CALL: The US and Iranian presidents took part in a historic phonecall — the first between leaders of the two countries since 1979.

#FRANCE: A couple have been charged over the death of a five-year-old girl whose disappearance gripped the country.

#UK: Two men have pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the killing of soldier Lee Rigby.



There are dozens of secret messages concealed around the International Space Station, it turns out.

This image posted on Twitter by astronaut Luca Parmitano shows a a message written on a new piece of equipment bound for the Earth-orbiting spacecraft.


[NASA/ESA/Luca Parmitano] Read the full story at Universe Today.

Originally posted at 9pm.

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