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Protesters removed from UK's Covid inquiry as Boris Johnson says ‘sorry’ to pandemic victims
Four people were removed from the Covid-19 inquiry as Boris Johnson began his evidence with an apology to victims of the pandemic.
Israeli forces encircle Khan Younis in southern Gaza
Israeli forces have pushed civilian populations further south in the continued conflict.
The focus of the conflict has shifted into the besieged territory's south.
Israeli tanks, armoured personnel carriers and bulldozers were seen yesterday near Khan Yunis.
Dozens of people were killed and injured in heavy strikes on areas east of Khan Yunis yesterday, Hamas said.
UN warns Gaza to become 'even more hellish' as Israeli troops continue to push south
Documents retrieved from Hamas by Israel reveal 7 October attacks were planned years in advance
5th December 2023
UN warns Gaza to become 'even more hellish' as Israeli troops continue to push south
International aid organisations have warned that civilians in the densely populated Strip are running out of places to flee to.
Documents retrieved from Hamas by Israel reveal 7 October attacks were planned years in advance
The devices and documents were discovered by Israeli intelligence officers.
UK salary threshold for overseas workers to raise to €45,100 under plans to cut migration
There are also plans to stop health and care workers from bringing family dependants.
Operators of UK nuclear plant denies reports its IT networks have been attacked by cyber groups
The cyber groups are linked to Russia and China.
Ukraine says two people killed in Russian shelling in Kherson
Meanwhile, Russia said it neutralised 35 Ukrainian drones over the annexed Crimean peninsula and the Sea of Azov.
Man jailed six months for deliberately crashing his plane to boost his views on YouTube
Trevor Jacob lied to investigators about the crash and hid evidence.
Apparent death toll from volcanic eruption in Indonesia rises to 23 after more bodies found
More than 50 climbers were rescued after the initial eruption on Sunday.
World could breach 1.5C warming threshold in the next seven years, study warns
The latest draft agreement from COP28 has the clause to do nothing to phase out fossil fuels.
4th December 2023
International concern deepens over civilian death toll as Israel expands offensive in Gaza
Tanks, armoured personnel carriers and bulldozers were seen this morning near the city of Khan Yunis.
White House warns US aid for Ukraine will run out by year's end if Congress fails to agree more funding
National Security Advisory Jake Sullivan suggested that voting against aid for Ukraine was effectively voting to make it easier for Russia to succeed.
Former US ambassador charged with spying for Cuba for 40 years
The charges against Victor Manuel Rocha “exposes one of the highest-reaching and longest-lasting infiltrations of the United States government by a foreign agent”.
COP28 president defends position on science of phasing out fossil fuels
COP28 president Sultan Al Jaber is under heat for comments he made about the justifications for cutting fossil fuels.
Ryanair reveals 960 flights were axed in November due to Gaza conflict
The Irish carrier also cancelled over 870 flights in October as a result of the conflict.
White House warns Ukraine aid will run out by year's end without Congress deal
Congress has been paralyzed for months, with hard-right lawmakers particularly opposing any further assistance for Kyiv as the war drags on.
'Some of us couldn't leave Gaza': The Palestinians fighting for climate in face of Israel's 'violations'
“We had lots of initiatives from youth and from women who were going to talk about their work here – but they can’t leave Gaza.”
Ryan to remain at COP28 after SocDems TD offers to pair with him for McEntee confidence vote
He will not need to return to the Dáil and then fly back to Dubai, as initially suggested.
‘Rizz’ named Oxford’s Word of the Year for 2023
Other contenders included Swiftie, situationship, and beige flag.
Eleven people dead after volcanic eruption in Indonesia, with 22 reportedly missing
About 75 climbers started their way up the mountain on Saturday and became stranded.
3rd December 2023
6 goals shared as Tottenham hold Man City in enthralling affair
Dejan Kulusevski rescued the visitors with a goal in second-half stoppage time.
Sitdown Sunday: Three men scale Nepal's Mount Jannu with two ropes and a sleeping bag
Settle down in a comfy chair with some of the week’s best longreads.
Suspected bomb blast kills at least four worshippers during Mass in Philippines
The explosion happened during Sunday morning Mass in a gymnasium at Mindanao State University in Marawi city.
Police in Paris arrest man who killed one person and injured two more
The anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office confirmed it has opened an investigation.
Irish consumers paying more than UK shoppers for some products this Christmas
A report by
Órla Ryan
Traders have no obligation to honour the current currency exchange rate, according to Ireland’s consumer watchdog.
Companies which operate in both Ireland and the UK often charge different prices for the same products
Supply chain issues, VAT and increased business costs post-Brexit can all play a role
Consumers have been urged to be aware of their rights during the busy Christmas shopping season
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26th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Here's what happened today: Saturday
Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.
Israeli forces move towards crowded southern Gaza after pulling negotiators out of truce talks
Israeli forces claimed they were hitting “terrorist targets” inside the Gaza Strip.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu directed Mossad negotiators to leave Qatar.
Over 200 people have been killed since fighting resumed yesterday.
A small amount of aid has passed through the Rafah crossing in the last day.
Israel resumes fighting in Gaza, with airstrikes and artillery fire reported as truce expires
Spain, Italy and Croatia in the Group of Death: here's the full Euro 2024 draw
Ireland’s qualification rivals France and the Netherlands have been drawn together again in Group D.
'Profound responsibility on our shoulders': Taoiseach pledges €25 million to climate damage fund
Leo Varadkar has told the World Climate Action Summit at COP28 that countries must “rise to the challenge” of the climate crisis.
No plans for Ireland to commit to further cuts in methane emissions at COP28 - Taoiseach
Eamon Ryan: 'If we crack energy, we can crack climate'
Appeals court rules lawsuits against Donald Trump over US Capitol riot can move forward
The former US President has said he cannot be sued over the riot that left dozens of police officers injured.
'Crook' congressman George Santos expelled from US House of Representatives
Santos has become notorious for a series of bizarre fabrications, including claiming to be Jewish and having been a college volleyball star.
Ukrainian special forces reported to have ‘bombed two Russian trains' on Siberian railway
Ukrainian media has cited unidentified sources for the attack.
Brexit backer James Dyson loses libel claim against Daily Mirror publisher
The inventor appeared at the Royal Courts of Justice in last month.
New Zealand to ban phones in schools under new prime minister
Luxon’s conservative government, sworn in on Monday, has been mired in controversy during its first week in power.
US judge temporarily blocks ban on TikTok set to take effect next year over free speech concerns
TikTok has been accused by a wide swathe of US politicians of being under Beijing’s tutelage, something the company furiously denies.
Four police officers injured, 39 people arrested amid violent scenes before Aston Villa match
Police said fans of the Polish team Legia Warsaw were not allowed into the stadium after missiles were thrown at officers.
Israel and Hamas agree to a day-long extension to ceasefire as eight more hostages are released
The extension was agreed minutes before the original agreement was due to expire.
Hamas has freed 102 hostages over the last week while Israel has freed 210 Palestinian prisoners.
Hamas claimed last night that Israel initially refused to extend the truce.
Mediators and negotiators struck the deal this morning, minutes before the ceasefire was due to end.
Two dead and eight injured after shooting in Jerusalem
Hamas hands over released hostages to Red Cross in Gaza
Millions pledged to new climate damage fund amid warning 2023 to break 'cacophony' of weather records
A long-awaited loss and damage fund has been officially signed off at COP28 in Dubai.
Former British chancellor Alistair Darling dies aged 70
The long-serving MP died after spending time in hospital being treated for cancer.