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IRELAND

Irish Christmas shoppers in New York rises by 15%

THE number of Irish shoppers heading to New York in the run-up to Christmas has surged by 15% this year, as the result of an increasingly weak dollar and cheaper accommodation.

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Ahern moves to grant Dáil debate after drugs exposé

TAOISEACH Bertie Ahern last night moved to grant opposition demands for a full-scale Dáil debate on the Irish Examiner's searing investigation of the Republic's burgeoning drug culture.

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Rhys Meyers's mother dies in hospital

THE mother of movie star Jonathan Rhys Meyers died in a Cork city hospital yesterday — just days after the actor's drunken outburst at Dublin Airport.

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'Up to 200' sex trafficking victims across nation

REVELATIONS that four sex-trafficked women are being kept in hiding after escaping their pimps has led to claims that up to 200 more women could be enduring brutal captivity in this country.

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Advertisement blitz to target festive shoppers

CORK is about to launch a national TV advertising blitz to attract Christmas shoppers to Leeside.

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WORLD

Cyclone-hit Bangladesh steps up rescue efforts

RELIEF workers and the Bangladesh military yesterday reached the last remaining pockets of the country devastated by a cyclone that killed nearly 3,500 people along the Bay of Bengal.

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This little piggy takes refuge in toilet paper

A PIGLET nicknamed Andrex is recovering after being found in the back of a truck full of toilet paper at a supermarket.

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Retreat not an option, says defiant Sarkozy

SCHOOLS closed, flights were delayed, trains again weren't running, and newspapers weren't printed as civil servants joined transport workers in strikes yesterday to challenge President Nicolas Sarkozy's programme of sweeping reform for France.

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Millions of bank details missing

COMPUTER disks holding sensitive personal data on 25 million people and 7.25 million families have gone missing, British Chancellor Alistair Darling has admitted to MPs.

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Dalai Lama may appoint successor or allow election

THE Dalai Lama says he may appoint a successor, or rely on an election before his death in a break with tradition, a newspaper reported yesterday, following recent orders that China must approve Tibet's spiritual leaders.

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SPORT

Duffy to be new GAA director general

PAURIC DUFFY'S appointment as the GAA's new director general will be ratified today by Croke Park's Management committee.

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French farce damages cup credibility

WHILE few in the Thomond Park crowd last Sunday will complain, the decision of Clermont Auvergne to send what in effect was their second side to Limerick has done nothing for the image of the Heineken Cup.

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Holland takes over Rebel hot seat from Morgan

TEDDY HOLLAND, coach of the Clonakilty senior football team, was appointed Cork senior football manager last night by the Cork County Board to succeed Billy Morgan.

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Kuyt latest Reds star hit as burglars strike again

DIRK KUYT has become the fifth Liverpool footballer to be burgled in less than 18 months.

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Begley against paying players

COLM BEGLEY had to move 10,000 miles away from home to fulfil his dream of being a full-time athlete, but the former Laois player is still against the idea of GAA players turning professional.

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BUSINESS

Coughlan points to research role

THE agri-food industry was urged by Agriculture Minister Mary Coughlan yesterday to develop partnerships with research institutes.

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Beef shortage could boost prices

A POSSIBLE scarcity of beef in the spring could lead to a much-needed rise in cattle prices, the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association suggested yesterday.

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Food for thought as Reox plans cheese sale

THE rapidly evolving nature of food in all its guises has been put under the microscope for the past few days at the sixth Annual World Food Technology and Innovation Forum being held for the fourth successive year in Dublin.

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Spending on property falls 17% to €45bn

IRISH property spending is expected to hit its second highest level ever at just over €45 billion this year despite sales plummeting by 17% from last year.

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Wind energy sector calls for government backing

THOUSANDS of jobs could be created and 40% of our long-term energy needs met by wind energy if Government backs the sector.

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OPINION

Climate change: why I don't go along with all that hot air in Bali

OFF to Bali the week after next? Me neither. Truth is, I wasn't invited. Nor do I suspect were very many other people invited who don't subscribe to the climate change "consensus". (How can you have a consensus that people don't go along with?)

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RTÉ's credibility - Broadcaster has questions to answer

RTÉ HAS earned and enjoys a privileged position. It has informed and entertained us and it has helped us to reach decisions that have shaped our society.

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French lessons - Government can learn from Sarkozy

TIME WAS one of the great questions of the day was "Why is America not socialist?" The European left just could not understand, and in hindsight they might have been unnerved by, why the pre-eminent industrial society was capitalism's greatest champion.

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FEATURES

Ronaldinho would bring problems to Blues' party

I'M usually bored out of my head on international breaks, but this was no ordinary weekend and we were reminded of what a fantastic game football really is; how it can affect the mood of an individual or indeed an entire nation.

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It's like watching Brazil this year

AFTER being starved all day Sunday of my customary diet of domestic footie, it was great to be able to get my fix before hitting the sack, with coverage of the Peru v Brazil World Cup qualifier.

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Points the ideal Christmas present

IT'S 10 days since we left the Stadium of Light deflated after dominating the Newcastle match, but only getting a point, yet the mood around Wearside going into this weekend's fixture at Everton is one of optimism.

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Bet your bottom dollar there's only 100 Uniteds

GREETINGS from a most agreeable sunny spot off the west African coast, to which I have retreated during this current international break, courtesy of my now-emptied BetFair account. ("Put your money where you mouth is," sneered email critics: Well, glad that I did — see previous columns!).

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Fighting the boredom as international reality bites

I'M indebted to the kind soul who inquired after my health recently.

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FARMING

Coughlan points to research role

THE agri-food industry was urged by Agriculture Minister Mary Coughlan yesterday to develop partnerships with research institutes.

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Beef shortage could boost prices

A POSSIBLE scarcity of beef in the spring could lead to a much-needed rise in cattle prices, the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association suggested yesterday.

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