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Saturday 3 June 2023 Dublin: 17°C


# India
More than 280 dead and hundreds injured in India triple train crash
Doctors and medical staff were rushed to the accident site.
# Sudan
180 bodies buried without identification in Sudan as blasts rock Khartoum again
Civilians reported escalated fighting after the army quit ceasefire talks on Wednesday.
# This Morning
'Scores being settled' with claims of toxic culture on This Morning, says programme editor
Martin Frizell said he could not comment on the allegations due to an ongoing investigation.
# Surrey
19 animal rights activists arrested over alleged plans to disrupt the Epsom Derby
It comes after activist group vowed to “cancel or severely delay” the race.
A practical guide to reducing energy use in your home
The Government of Ireland has suggested a range of practical advice that will help you save money on your bills.
# Shooting
3 Israeli soldiers and 1 Egyptian killed shooting near shared border
An Israeli army statement identified the assailant as an Egyptian policeman.
# War in Ukraine
Ukraine is 'ready' for counter-offensive, says Zelenskyy but major casualties feared
Ukraine has said it is preparing for a major offensive against Moscow’s occupation forces for months.
# plastic waste
Global negotiators take key step towards landmark treaty to end plastic waste
The negotiators are charged with developing the first international, legally binding treaty on plastic pollution, on land and at sea.
# Texas
Texas becomes biggest US state to ban treatment for transgender minors
Governor Gregg Abbott signed the ban into law yesterday.
Irish officials to review 'safe countries of origin' designation on 8 nations within next year
The designation applies to countries deemed to be safe for the purposes of asylum applications.
2nd June 2023
# Ukraine
Four killed by shelling in Russian border region while Moscow continues attack on Kyiv
Belgorod governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said 2,500 people were being accommodated in temporary shelters.
# Senegal
UN and AU call for calm in Senegal as violence continues after opposition leader's sentencing
There was extensive destruction on the main university campus, where prolonged clashes took place yesterday.
# Space
Rainy weather on Earth interrupts livestream broadcast from Mars
The images that made it through showed about one-third of Mars as the spacecraft circled the planet.
# Sudan
Fighting worsens in Sudan despite US sanctions
Witnesses reported artillery fire in eastern Khartoum and in Omdurman, just across the Nile.
# Disaster
Italy border police ‘under investigation over shipwreck that killed 94 migrants’
80 people survived but the known death toll was put at 94 after the incident in February.
# Backtrack
Polish president backtracks on new 'anti-Russian influence' law after widespread criticism
Poland – a neighbour and staunch ally of Ukraine, which is battling Russia’s invasion – set up the committee to investigate citizens who may have succumbed to Russian influence.
# factcheck
Debunked: Confusion over news article helps spread baseless claims about Pandemic Treaty
A letter sent by Conservative MPs has been used to allege a treaty will cede sovereignty to the WHO.
# Anthony Taylor
'Abhorrent' abuse of Europa League final referee at airport condemned
Video footage emerged of Anthony Taylor being accosted by angry fans at Budapest airport.
# War in Ukraine
Ukrainian air defences thwart sixth Russia attack in six days against Kyiv
A recent spate of attacks on the capital has put strain on residents and tested the strength of Ukraine’s air defences.
1st June 2023
# schofield
'I will die sorry': Phillip Schofield says he is 'deeply mortified' about affair revelations
It emerged last week that the former This Morning presenter had an affair with a much younger man.
# Senegal
Clashes in Senegal after opposition leader sentenced to two years for 'corrupting youth'
The ruling appears to threaten the politician’s eligibility for next year’s presidential election under the electoral code.
# Rough and Tumble
Joe Biden trips and tumbles on stage after delivering address at military academy
The White House said the US president is ‘fine’.
# covid inquiry
Boris Johnson ‘more than happy’ to hand material to UK Covid inquiry amid legal battle
Johnson was forced to change his mobile in 2021 after it emerged his number had been publicly available online for 15 years.
# War in Ukraine
Girl, nine, among the dead after latest Russian bombardment of Kyiv
The casualty toll was the most from one attack on Kyiv in the past month.
# Kosovo
Macron and Scholz urge new polls in tense Kosovo districts
Kosovo’s ethnic Serb minority boycotted April local elections in the north, allowing ethnic Albanians to take control of local councils despite a turnout of less than 3.5%.
# Kosovo
US intensifies diplomatic pressure for peace as Serbs rally in north Kosovo
The town of Zvecan saw clashes between police and Serb protesters.
# influencers
Influencers in France could face jail time under new advertising law
Violators of the rules could face punishments of up to two years in prison and €‎300,000 fines.
# Phillip Schofield
ITV boss called to face MPs’ questions amid This Morning row
Schofield, 61, resigned from the broadcaster last week after admitting to an ‘unwise but not illegal’ affair with a younger male colleague.
Reader Q&A: What do you want to know about Irish neutrality?
Our reporters will put your questions to experts in the field, for a comprehensive and thorough look at what neutrality means for Ireland, and how we would be affected by any possible change to the policy.
# underwater cables
Ireland to consider joining EU or Nato programme to protect undersea cables
Varadkar said that he didn’t believe Ireland was capable of defending cables off its coast without international support.
Tom Clonan: Ukraine's counter-offensive is imminent - but success will come at a terrible cost
The burning question over the coming days will be where, precisely, Zelenskyy’s forces will launch their attack.
# Tennis
Novak Djokovic says 'it's what I stand for' in Kosovo row
He will next face Alejandro Davidovich Fokina for a fourth-round place on tomorrow.
# Diageo
Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs sues Diageo, saying it neglected his drinks brands due to racism
The lawsuit claims the drinks giant starved Combs’ Ciroc vodka and DeLeon tequila of resources.
# the lord's work
Ireland's cricket test match against England in London affected by climate activist protest
Just Stop Oil confirmed that it was behind the protest which delayed the England team bus.
# Australia
Famed Australian soldier loses war crimes defamation case
Three newspapers alleged that the man was involved in the murder of six unarmed prisoners in Afghanistan.
31st May 2023
# South Carolina
Convicted killer Alex Murdaugh pleads not guilty to money laundering charges
Murdaugh is already serving a life sentence in a South Carolina state prison for killing his wife and son.
Struggling with energy bills? Here are some resources which could help you
There are several resources available from the Government and energy suppliers that can help ease the burden posed by energy bills.
# 2024
Former US vice president Mike Pence to announce White House bid next week - US media
The 63-year-old will launch his presidential campaign on 7 June with a speech in Iowa, it’s been reported.
# unidentified flying object
NASA scientists say 'more high quality data' needed on UFOs in first public meeting
NASA announced last year it was analysing observations in the sky that can’t be identified as aerial or natural phenomena.
# Sudan
Sudanese ceasefire fails again as army attacks paramilitary bases
The United Nations says 1.2 million people have been internally displaced and more than 425,000 have fled to neighbouring countries.
# UK
Boris Johnson hands WhatsApps and notebooks to UK Cabinet Office amid Covid inquiry row
Downing Street has already been forced to deny allegations of a “cover-up” amid criticism over the public row with the inquiry.