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IRELAND

Another 3,000 people get a place in college

Just over 3,000 people have been offered a chance by the Central Applications Office (CAO) today to begin study on a third-level course.

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'Middle Ireland fights back'

A trust set up to help "middle Ireland fight back" and which is estimated to control €2bn in assets and have almost 2,000 members last night prevented gardaí and receivers from entering a farm in Co Kildare.

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Foreign hauliers get Garda escorts as they breach EU law, say Irish firms

A number of foreign haulage firms are receiving Garda escorts while they break EU legislation and put Irish drivers and haulage firms out of business, according to the Irish Road Hauliers Association.

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Priests slam religious show as vehicle for Browne attack

TV3's religious show has been slammed by the Association of Catholic Priests as a vehicle for Vincent Browne to "coax a series of likely suspects into a studio and attack them for their beliefs".

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'Surprise' as public sector salary rise outstrips private

Economists have expressed "surprise" that, in spite of the drive to cut the State's pay bill, public sector wages rose more than private sector pay over the past year.

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WORLD

President Obama speaks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

Obama: US struggling to realise Martin Luther King's dream

The US is struggling to fully realise the vision that civil rights leader Martin Luther King described in his 'I have a dream' speech 50 years ago, as the goal of economic security for all remains elusive, President Barack Obama said yesterday.

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Syrians stock up as US plans air strikes

People in Damascus stocked up on supplies last night and some left homes close to potential targets as US officials sketched out plans for multi-national air strikes on Syria that could last for days.

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A man looks at an artwork representing Russia's president Vladimir Putin and  prime minister Dmitry Medvedev by Russian artist Konstantin Altunin. Picture: Getty Images

Putin lingerie artist flees Russia after police raid

Russian police raided an exhibition and confiscated a painting that portrayed president Vladimir Putin and prime minister Dmitry Medvedev lounging together in women's lingerie.

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Guo Bin recuperates from an attack in the rural area of Linfen city that left him blind.

Blinded 6-year-old does not know his eyes were gouged out

A six-year-old Chinese boy who had his eyes gouged out does not know he has been blinded and asks his family why the sun has yet to rise, state media said.

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Patient speaks of noise of saw during surgery without anaesthetic

Most surgeons expect complete silence from their patients when they are in the operating theatre.

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SPORT

Donegal look hell-bent on alienating Jim

It must be the northern air. It must be something. What else can explain the way successful managers are treated at the tip of the country?

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Exile takes on TV rights down under to Ireland v Sweden

An Irish soccer fan has bought the Australian TV rights for the Republic's World Cup qualifier against Sweden to ensure that Irish down under don't miss the crunch clash.

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Angry Blues boss Clark demands action after 'unsporting' goal

Yeovil let Birmingham walk in a goal unopposed to make amends for their own "unsporting" equaliser — but were still knocked out of the Capital One Cup on penalties on Tuesday night.

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€100m Higuain injury claim

Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis is demanding €100m in compensation after striker Gonzalo Higuain injured himself in the region of Campania.

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Parry regrets Gillett-Hicks era

Former Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry has no doubt the Reds are still feeling the effects of the period when they were overseen by George Gillett and Tom Hicks, who he says "we all wish passionately had not owned the club".

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BUSINESS

The Treasury Building where NAMA's offices are located on Grand Canal Street, Dublin.

Court dismisses investors' claim of unfair treatment by Nama in sale

A group of "heavy-hitting international investors" has lost a High Court claim that it was unfairly treated by Nama in the sale of a valuable London development site to a rival bidder for a lower price.

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Lending to SMEs down €364m in Q2

Irish banks' lending to SMEs, not trading in either the property or financial sectors, fell by €364 million — or 1.4% — during the second quarter, when compared to the preceding three-month period.

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Paddy Power bets on gaming stateside

Betting services giant Paddy Power hopes to make meaningful progress on plans to expand its online gaming business into the US by the end of the year.

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 Workers at the large state-run mining and metallurgical company LARKO hold a banner reading 'No to layoffs' in central Athens during a rally against the privatisation of the company. Picture: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Rehn: Too early to know how much Greece needs

European Union Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn said it's too early to judge how much extra money Greece will need to plug an emerging hole in its €240bn rescue programme.

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No botulism threat from dairy giant's whey product

Dairy giant Fonterra's products at the centre of a global contamination scare this month did not contain a bacteria that could cause botulism, and posed no food safety threat, New Zealand officials said yesterday.

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OPINION

Fee-paying pupils are collateral damage in phoney school class war

WHO created the fee-charging schools? The State, not parents speeding up to the school gates in red Ferraris and not Protestants in wide-brimmed, black hats.

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Delayed discharges - Cost over patient care?

With an overnight in hospital now costing more than a room at a five-star hotel, delayed discharges are draining the country's ailing health service of money it can ill afford, according to Home and Community Care Ireland, which represents private home care organisations.

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CSO wage report - Pay gains for public sector perplexing

There is both good news and some that can only be described as downright perplexing in the latest report on wage trends from the Central Statistics Office.

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FEATURES

Apple tree leaves beautiful memories

A serenely graceful old apple tree is the queen of our old cottage garden. She is a Beauty of Bath, and a beauty indeed, through all the seasons of all the years.

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The West Cork Carers Support Group organised this sailing excursion for male carers, a category which has increased 20% since 2006.

Male carers Ireland's unsung heroes

We all have roles, identities that we grow into as we move through life.

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IFA eyes rural development funds

IFA President John Bryan and Farm Business Committee Chairman Tom Doyle recently led a delegation to meet Department of Finance officials to discuss the IFA's pre-budget submission.

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Polish baler launched

Made in Poland, the new Unia fixed chamber baler has come on the Irish market at €25,000 (excluding VAT).

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CAP funding must prioritise active and productive farmers, says IFA

Active, productive farmers must be prioritised for all monies available through Pillar 1 and Pillar 2 of future CAP funds, according to the IFA's executive council.

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