Catch-up with what you've missed so far today with our lunchtime briefing

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

IRELAND

Flags are flying at half mast on public buildings across the country as a mark of respect to Caitriona Lucas   who will be laid to rest this morning.

Hours before the removal took place of the volunteer coastguard who died in the line of duty on Monday,  the wreckage of the Irish Coast Guard rescue boat was recovered.

A German woman has died in an explosion on a tourist boat in Bali.  Two Irish people are understood to have been on the boat.

A mother and her three children are facing eviction on Christmas week  after their landlord gave them three months to quit the rented house so he can move in family members.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has decided not to prosecute two parents  accused of sexually abusing their children.

The Taoiseach will meet opposition leaders this afternoon to discuss the sale of Nama's Northern portfolio.  Meanwhile, Mick Wallace said this morning that we are "still a long way from the truth" behind the sale.

WORLD 

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Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte ordered a liquidation squad to kill criminals  and opponents in gangland-style assaults that left about 1,000 dead, a former militiaman has told the country's Senate.

A man and woman shot dead at a home in north London have been identified as a mother of nine  and her nephew by members of the victims' family.

SPORT

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Jim Gavin insists Dublin’s legendary sides of the 70s will always occupy a singular place in the county’s affections,  regardless of what the current generation may achieve on Sunday, or further down the line.

We’re used to the sight of victorious athletes biting their medals, but the Paralympics this year has thrown up a new trend.  Every medal has tiny steel balls inside it so when they’re shaken they make a noise.

BUSINESS

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has defended her finding  that Ireland granted illegal state aid to Apple.

Consumer spending may not be as robust  as once thought even as employment continues to grow, economists have warned.

LIFESTYLE

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Eczema affects one in five children and one in 12 adults. It is a life-altering and expensive condition,  writes Helen O’Callaghan

ANALYSIS

There will be some fallout but the publication of the C&AG’s report into Nama’s disposal of assets  in Northern Ireland could have come at a much worse time for the Finance Minster — two years ago he would have been finished, writes Michael Clifford

VIDEO

A good balance of work and play is key to doing well at exams, according to two of the top achievers  in Junior Certificate 2016.

VIRAL

No matter how well travelled you are in adulthood, everybody loved guessing the capitals of various countries in primary school geography.  See if you retained all that knowledge through the years and give this Playbuzz quiz a go.

Going off to college and moving in with roommates for the first time can be a steep learning curve.  wRespecting boundaries, food-stealing and loud music - there can be a lot of challenges.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Skateboard company, The Berrics, is the latest to get behind the push  to get EA to create a new Skate game with a topical campaign slogan.

MOVIES/TV: Star Trek Discovery has been delayed.  The new TV series from CBS was set to debut in January 2017 but the official news now is that it won't arrive on smaller screens until May of next year.

TECH: Anti-virus experts Kaspersky Lab highlighted that a malicious Pokemon Go companion app  was downloaded more than 500,000 times.

SHOWBIZ

Catch-up with what you've missed so far today with our lunchtime briefing

Adele is set to take another major break from the music business, as she won’t tour again for another DECADE.  The Hello singer, who disappeared from the stage for five years back in 2011, has told family and friends that she’s set to return to normal life after her current world tour – as she wants to be a full-time mum to her son Angelo.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

No matter how well travelled you are in adulthood, everybody loved guessing the capitals of various countries in primary school geography.  See if you retained all that knowledge through the years and give this Playbuzz quiz a go.


Lifestyle

We catch up with Bushmills’ master distiller, who tells Sam Wylie-Harris more about this liquid gold.Irish whiskey masterclass: 11 things you need to know

Temples, beaches, and several nations with new names.From Bhutan to Costa Rica, Lonely Planet reveals its top countries to visit in 2020

Columnist and trained counsellor Fiona Caine offers guidance to a woman who’s unsure how to manage her mother’s dying wishes.Ask a counsellor: ‘Is it appropriate to notify my mother’s friends of her death by email?’

‘The Big Yin’ talks to Luke Rix-Standing about living with Parkinson’s, the power of forgiveness, and why he will never, ever stop swearing.Billy Connolly: ‘You don’t wake up famous, you wake up scratching yourself like everybody else’

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