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

IRELAND

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny says the Government cannot be held to ransom every week by Independent Ministers. Junior Minister John Halligan has threatened to "rain hell" on the Government if services at his local hospital are not expanded.

Enda Kenny has signalled he is not in favour of a hard border between the North and the South in the wake of the Brexit vote. But the outgoing UKIP leader in Northern Ireland David McNarry (pictured) says he needs to stay out of it: “Leave Northern Ireland alone, stop going into fantasy politics."

The latest trolley and ward watch survey has shown that more than 270 people are waiting for hospital beds today.

Tax proposals currently under consideration by Government should be rejected says Social Justice Ireland.

The number of assaults causing harm rose by one fifth between 2012 and 2015 in greater Dublin. Gardaí are today launching a new awareness campaign targeted at men to reduce the number of assaults.

M50 toll charges could go up to €3.20 per journey if the EU gets its way.

WORLD 

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A ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia is set to begin in Syria at sunset today.

Hillary Clinton has called off a campaign visit to California after suffering a health episode at the September 11 memorial in New York.

Several people have been injured in an explosion near the Turkish ruling party headquarters and the governor's office in the eastern province of Van, according to Turkey's state-run news agency.

SPORT

There is plenty of Irish interest in Rio today, with 15 athletes in action across six sports.

Michel Platini has been given permission by FIFA's ethics committee to address the UEFA Congress in Athens this week despite his four-year ban from all football-related activity.

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Crystal Palace defender Pape Souare was taken to hospital on Sunday after being involved in a car accident, the club have announced.

BUSINESS

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has described the European Commission's recent Apple tax ruling as "profoundly wrong".

More than 7,000 jobs are at risk in Ireland following the UK's Brexit vote, business leaders warned.

LIFESTYLE

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The principal at Columbine High School had to forgive those behind the attack there to rebuild the community, writes Jonathan deBurca Butler

ANALYSIS

Liz Farsaci looks at cases of complaints that have come before the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland in the past year, in which inadequate care and financial abuse of elderly people by nurses were two prominent emerging themes.

VIDEO

The pace at which Irish construction firms hired new staff quickened to a six-month high in August as builders saw new business orders rise at their fastest pace since March.

VIRAL

Mayo is preparing to face Dublin All-Ireland Football Championship Final on Sunday - and it seems like everyone is getting on board.

After last month’s unexpected viral hit, there’s another gas ’Longford Tourism’ video, this time promoting the unique qualities of the county’s muck.

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Lezlie Bauler works at a gym in Maryville, Tennessee. Yesterday, on the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, a firefighter came in by himself with a special request.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Gears of War 4 is out on the October 11, and those who pre-order the game are in for some treats.

MOVIES/TV: Kubo and the Two Strings is out in cinemas right now, and we're going to go ahead and say that it's one of the best films of the year.

TECH: Microsoft pushed its way into the smartphone market in recent years with the Lumia brand but it seems like that might be a thing of the past.

SHOWBIZ

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Brian McFadden has sparked rumours of a new romance. The ex Westlife star was spotted getting cosy with blonde beauty Danielle Parkinson at Keith Duffy’s charity golf classic over the weekend.

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