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Wednesday 8 February 2023 Dublin: 5°C

International

# Brexit
UK Supreme Court challenge on lawfulness of Northern Ireland protocol is dismissed
The appellants argued that the legislation passed at Westminster to give effect to the Withdrawal Agreement conflicts with the 1800 Acts of Union.
# State of the Union
Biden claps back to heckles from Republicans during State of the Union address
Mr Biden ignored the bitter divisions between Republicans and Democrats and his own low standing with the public.
# surprise visit
Zelenskyy to visit UK today as Sunak promises Ukraine extra military aid
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will meet Rishi Sunak and address The UK Parliament.
# anne o'rorke
Irish woman in Turkey in race to get supplies to earthquake victims in rebel-held Syrian region
Anne O’Rorke runs a non-profit working with Syrian refugees, and is trying to get medical supplies to Idlib.
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# met police
Victims of serial rapist David Carrick say he was 'a beast' and 'evil'
The 48-year-old was handed 36 life sentences and will serve a minimum term of 32 years.
# Church of England
Church of England considering alternatives to calling God ‘he’
Any potential alterations would mark a departure from traditional Jewish and Christian teachings dating back millennia.
# Recovered
US navy releases first pictures of Chinese spy balloon recovery
The US navy has used underwater drones, warships and inflatable vessels to gather all of the pieces.
# Death Toll
Children pulled from rubble as Turkey-Syria quake death toll tops 8,300
It is feared that the current death toll could double.
The World Health Organization has warned that up to 23 million people could be affected by the earthquake.
Dozens of nations have pledged support.
In 1999, a 7.4-magnitude earthquake killed more than 17,000 in the same region.
Yesterday
7th February 2023
# inequality
UK study finds minority defendants ‘more likely to be charged than white British people’
Carribean suspects were 12% more likely than white British suspects to be charged for a comparable crime.
# basil fawlty
John Cleese to star in Fawlty Towers reboot with his daughter
The return will feature Fawlty teaming up with his long-lost daughter, played by Cleese’s own daughter Camilla, to run a hotel.
# drug trafficking
EU warned that organised crime is 'as big a threat' as terrorism
The EU’s home affairs commissioner gave the warning today at a major drug smuggling hub.
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# Rescue Effort
Earthquake death toll passes 7,300 as countries pledge support for Turkey and Syria
Rescuers are racing frantically to find more survivors but their efforts are being impeded by low temperatures and some 200 aftershocks.
Rescuers are racing frantically to find more survivors but their efforts are being impeded by low temperatures and some 200 aftershocks
The earthquake struck early yesterday, bringing down thousands of buildings
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared a three-month state of emergency in 10 affected provinces
Tánaiste announces €2 million in emergency aid for Turkey and Syria following earthquakes
# Job Cuts
Video conferencing company Zoom cuts staff by 15%
Zoom Video Communications chief executive Eric Yuan is also taking a 98% cut in salary this year.
# nicola bulley
UK police investigating 500 lines of inquiry in search for missing woman Nicola Bulley
45-year-old Nicola Bulley of Inskip, Lancashire, went missing on 27 January in nearby St Michael’s on Wyre.
# fly on the wall
Bono will be among guests attending Biden's State of the Union address tonight
The State of the Union is an annual address delivered by the US President to Congress.
# France
French strikes hit trains and schools as a million protesters push back on pension age increase
An unpopular pension reform would increase the retirement age.
# Netflix
X-Files star Gillian Anderson to play Emily Maitlis in Prince Andrew drama
Prince Andrew was interviewed by presenter Emily Maitlis over his relationship with late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in November 2019.
# Wikipedia
Pakistan PM Shahbaz Sharif orders lifting of country’s ban on Wikipedia
The country’s media regulator had blocked the website last week over fears it hurt the sentiments of Muslims.
# West Bank
Israeli troops kill teenager in West Bank raid, according to Palestinian Health ministry
The Israeli army said troops had ‘responded with live fire towards an armed suspect who fired at them’.
# good news
Former Newcastle footballer Atsu pulled alive from earthquake rubble in Turkey
The Ghana international is currently playing with Hatayspor.
# AI
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# Tighthead
'I'll be settling in Galway post-rugby... it's a beautiful place'
Finlay Bealham is moving to the next level with Ireland and enjoying life off the pitch.
# Profits
BP profits more than double to €26 billion on runaway gas prices due to Ukraine war
The business pledged to up its spending by billions on both green and polluting energy.
# UN
United Nations chief fears world is heading toward a wider war
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said experts who surveyed the state of the world in 2023 set the Doomsday Clock at 90 seconds to midnight.
Monday
6th February 2023
# Les Bleus
'If we don't sort it out, we'll ship 15, 20 or even 30 points in Ireland'
Shaun Edwards wasn’t happy with France’s performance in Rome yesterday.
# Rescue Effort
Ex-Newcastle winger Atsu 'in earthquake debris' - Vice-president of Turkish club
The 31-year-old, now playing with Hatayspor, was said to be missing after team-mates had reportedly been pulled from rubble.
# Earthquake
Rescue efforts continuing in Turkey and Syria following large earthquakes as death toll rises
Ireland, the US, the EU and Russia have all sent condolences and offers of help.
The first quake was centred about 96km from the Syrian border outside the city of Gaziantep.
Ireland, the United States, the European Union and Russia have all sent condolences and offers of help.
The Embassy of Ireland in Turkey has said Irish citizens who are in the affected area and need urgent consular assistance can make contact.
Tánaiste announces €2 million in emergency aid for Turkey and Syria following earthquakes
# Relief Efforts
Tánaiste announces €2 million in emergency aid for Turkey and Syria following earthquakes
Countries around the world have rushed to dispatch aid, personnel and equipment to help rescue efforts in the regions.
# Ukraine
UN chief says prospects for peace in Ukraine 'keep diminishing' as anniversary nears
It comes after Ukrainian officials said Russian forces are preparing for a large-scale offensive in the coming weeks.
# Brexit
Progress being made to hammer out NI Protocol deal but difficulties remain, says Sefcovic
The European Commission vice president said Brussels would ‘spare no effort’ to reach a settlement.
# tech layoffs
US tech giant Dell to cut 5% of its global workforce, around 6,650 employees
The computer firm employs over 5,000 people in Ireland.
# Probe
Manchester City charged by Premier League after more than 100 alleged rule breaches
The alleged breaches span a period from the 2009-10 season to the 2017-18 campaign.
Sunday
5th February 2023
# Mediterranean
Woman and three children drown in migrant shipwreck off Greece
Eye witnesses reported seeing an inflatable boat carrying around 40 migrants, including children and people with reduced mobility aboard.
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# Protests
Thousands of protesters in Iran pardoned by country's supreme leader
Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, meanwhile, has agreed to pardon or commute the sentences of a ‘significant number’ of people.
# Joy
Harry Kane makes history as Spurs stun Man City
Tottenham did a favour for bitter rivals Arsenal with a win today.
# Domestic Violence
Iraqis protest in capital against gender based violence following murder of YouTuber
Tiba al-Ali, 22, was killed by her father on 31 January in the southern province of Diwaniyah.
# Ukraine
New long-range weapons will not target Russia, says Ukraine defence minister
The United States on Friday announced a new $2.2 billion package of arms and munitions for Ukraine.
# Austria
Eight dead after weekend avalanches in Austria
The eight deaths came as resorts are filled during the February school holidays in Vienna.
# prosecutor general
Germany says it has 'hundreds' of pieces of evidence of Russian war crimes in Ukraine
In the Kyiv suburb of Bucha alone, hundreds of bodies were discovered after the Russian army was driven out last March.