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Andy Friend gets priorities straight as he bids to bow out with a bang at Connacht
His four summer signings from Leinster start together for the first time against Newcastle Falcons in the Challenge Cup later today.
All time
# mission
Bath prop hopes new Amazon Prime documentary will 'change the perception of rugby'
‘I think rugby has traditionally been a sport played and watched by middle-class white people.’
# suftum
Underdogs Ulster will have the bit between their teeth in Edinburgh
Dan McFarland’s side have yet to show their best since rugby restarted. Tonight’s the night they must change that.
# mission
‘When you lose by a score that big, you feel quite embarrassed’
Jordan Larmour insists Ireland are out for revenge against Wales this weekend.
# Rescue 115
Coast Guard rescues severely injured Russian fisherman 140 miles out at sea in heavy winds
Rescue 115 and Rescue 117 were involved in the mission.
# from laois with love
This Electric Picnic headliner is singing the next James Bond theme
Sam Smith will be the first British male solo artist to record a James Bond theme song since 1965.
# Mediterranean
Ireland will NOT be taking part in a new EU mission to destroy migrant boats
The operation aims to ‘dismantle the business model’ of human traffickers.
# mission
Here's why a very small number of Irish troops are off to Sierra Leone
The move got Cabinet approval today.
# mission
Simon Coveney wants more Chinese people to eat Irish food
There has been “tremendous” progress in the area over the past 12 months.
# Defence Forces
Coveney satisfied UN will review Irish troops' Golan Heights mission
He said that he’s satisfied they acceded to his request for a review.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the Irish UN peacekeepers be pulled out of Golan Heights?
The Defence Minister has called for a UN review of the mission.
# Trapped
Help on the way for ship trapped off Antarctica since Christmas Eve
The ship has 74 people aboard for a scientific mission
# Syria
Syria weapons inspection delayed over safety fears
The investigation has been delayed until tomorrow as rebels fail to guarantee the experts’ safety.
# Taliban
US-Taliban talks 'not scheduled'
The US State Department said that reports of a meeting being scheduled “aren’t accurate”.
NASA's planet-hunting spacecraft is broken - but they're determined to fix it
The planet-hunting telescope is 40 million miles from Earth and searches for Earth-like planets outside our solar system.
# Mars
Mars missions scaled back in April because of sun
For much of April, the sun blocks the line of sight between Earth and Mars, making it difficult for engineers to send instructions or hear from spacecraft Curiosity and Opportunity.
# Environment
EU delegation to visit Shannon estuary on environmental hazards probe
The fact-finding mission this coming September is a response to complaints in relation to Aughinish Alumina plant and plans for a liquefied natural gas terminal.
# need to know
The Evening Fix: Sunday
Things we learned, loved and shared today.
# need to know
The Evening Fix: Saturday
Things we learned, loved and shared today…
# Syria
UN to end Syria observer mission on Sunday
The observers will leave as the conditions to continue the mission were not filled, the UN said.
# marine life
Huge quantities of plankton discovered under Arctic ice
NASA study of tiny algae led to discovery of under-ice ‘bloom’ of the marine food source.
NASA prepares to launch mission to hunt down black holes
High energy X-ray vision will be used in new orbiting telescope to “open a whole new window on the universe”.
# observers
Who can become a UN observer?
And what dangers do they face on the ground?
# Countdown
End of an era: Last-ever space shuttle poised for launch
Hundreds of thousands have packed Florida for Atlantis’ final mission, but there are fears it could be delayed by bad weather.
# Endeavour
Preparations underway for space shuttle Endeavour's final flight
The final mission by Endeavour and its crew will begin this evening at 19.47 Irish time, and among those attending will be Barack Obama.