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Good afternoon. Here’s all the news you need to know this lunchtime.

IRELAND

Waste companies have agreed a 12-month price freeze on waste charges after negotiations with Environment Minister Simon Coveney.

Former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter is appealing the High Court’s decision not to quash certain parts of the Guerin report at the Court of Appeal today.

Police kept a close eye as pro-choice activists delivered abortion pills to women in the North using a drone. The stunt, described as an act of solidarity, aimed to highlight the strict laws around terminations that exist on both sides of the Irish border.

A man has been remanded in continuing custody charged with stabbing a man with a large butcher’s knife during a burglary at a house in Limerick.

In a failed attempt to fully escape from the office, one in three Irish adults have admitted to taking both work calls and emails whilst on holidays, new figures suggest.

Fifteen cases of measles have been confirmed in county Kerry. It is understood that a person infected with the highly contagious illness traveled from Dublin to the county in May by plane and others became infected as a result.

WORLD 

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A man has been arrested near a shopping centre in Brussels. The man was initially suspected to have been wearing an explosive belt., but it was later realised the belt was fake. The shopping centre has been evacuated as a precaution.

In the UK more than 27,000 people have now signed a petition calling for a pensioner who tried to save murdered MP Jo Cox to be officially honoured for his bravery.

SPORT

Olympic leaders have met to consider further measures to crack down on doping ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in the wake of the ban on Russian track and field athletes.

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The United States Golf Association has expressed its regret over the rules controversy that threatened to overshadow Dustin Johnson's victory at the US Open.

EURO 2016

There have been many, many viral videos involving Irish fans over the last week or so and one of the most popular saw a young French woman being serenaded en masse. The woman, Carla Roméra, also recorded footage of the singing and put the clip on Instagram.

Check out all the latest news, views and banter in our dedicated Euro 2016 section

BUSINESS

Forecasts for economic growth have been reduced slightly, according to the ESRI. Its latest report predicts GDP will grow by 4.6% this year - down slightly on the 4.8% previously predicted - because of the slowdown and possibility of Britain leaving the EU.

Airliner KLM will take off from Dublin Airport for the first time in half a century after sealing a deal on a new route to Amsterdam.

LIFESTYLE

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Should kids be allowed into pubs to watch matches, or is it better to keep them at home? Two mums debate the issue.

ANALYSIS

She deprived her young son of sleep, dressed him in unfamiliar clothes and filled him full of liquids so that he struggled to control his bladder. And she did it out of love, writes Caroline O’Doherty

VIDEO

A British Airways pilot received a turbulent ride from other air crews yesterday after he argued with an air traffic controller at Dublin Airport.

VIRAL

Yesterday in Wales, Tom Bradbury was on a bus when he saw a white man sit in front of a mother and her son. She was "wearing a niqab" and "talking to her son in another language", so the man felt the need to interrupt. What happened next was brilliant.

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The summer solstice was graced by a strawberry moon overnight for the first time since 1967, according to Accuweather.

TECHNOW

GAMING: NetherRealm Studios has teased that some "cool" Mortal Kombat news is coming. And from the letters capitalised in Studio co-founder Ed Boon's tweet, it looks like the announcement is coming at EVO.

MOVIES/TV: Ok so season six of Game of Thrones is almost at an end, which means it was time for the ninth episode last night. SPOILERS WITHIN

TECH: Sony Mobile is releasing its new Xperia X range right now and also has another handset ready to go in Ireland in July.

SHOWBIZ

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Selena Gomez is the latest music star to join James Corden in the hot seat for Carpool Karaoke – taking the TV presenter to new heights.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

If you can’t beat the pervasive Japanese knotweed, eat it. That was one of the solutionsput forward at a meeting of Kerry County Council, which heard parts of the Kingdom are being overrun by the invasive species.


Lifestyle

Keep chomping on those carrots so your eyes will be in perfect working order for that prolonged annual gaze through the keyhole as Home of the Year returns for a sixth series next week.Home of the Year offers a good excuse for a bit of good-natured interiors voyeurism

They differ from the more prevalent oranges we eat because their flesh, and often the skin, is crimson or deep red in colour.Michelle Darmody: The best time of year to buy blood oranges

The annual Members Exhibition now underway at the Lavit Gallery in Cork features 92 works from 72 artists.The exhibition runs until March 7.Under the hammer: Your guide to upcoming auctions

There’s an oriental theme at the James Adam ‘At Home’ auction in Dublin, says Des O’SullivanAuctions: Sale full of eastern promise

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