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Here's What Happened Today: Thursday

The death of Nelson Mandela has dominated today’s headlines. Barack Obama said the leader had achieved “more than could be expected of any man”.

Updated at 10.38pm

NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.

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[Uncredited/AP/Press Association Images]

IRELAND

WORLD

imageA tree lands on a car in Davidsons Mains, Edinburgh after Scotland is hit by strong winds [David Cheskin/PA Wire/Press Association Images]

#UK: A lorry driver was killed as a major storm swept across the UK — more than 25,000 homes were left without power in Scotland and Northern Ireland

#LONDON: Nigella Lawson told a court in the fraud trial of her former assistants that she was being treated more like a defendant than a witness

#FRANCE: French President Francois Hollande promised to double the number of his country’s troops in the Central African Republic

#VATICAN: The Pope set up a commission to advise him on sex abuse

INNOVATION

  • It was revealed the NSA is gathering nearly five billion call records a day across the globe
  • A Russian startup has released a smartphone with two screens — one a regular LED screen, the other an eReader
  • Twitter appointed former Pearson CEO Marjorie Scardino to its board — she’s the first woman to become a director at the company [Buzzfeed Tech]

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PARTING SHOT

This is how the BBC covered Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, after 27 years, on 11 February 1990…

(Youtube: JiuValley)

Originally posted at 9.23pm

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