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Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on today.


An Islamic State suicide bomber has detonated a bomb in a historic district of Istanbul popular with tourists, killing 10 people – at least nine of them German - and wounding 15 others, Turkish officials said. Prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu said IS was behind the suicide attack, adding that Turkey is determined to battle the militant group until it no longer “remains a threat” to the country or the world.

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A man has been jailed for three years for having sex with a 15-year-old girl he met after grooming her using a fake social media profile. Conor O'Keefe, 26, set up a profile as a teenage girl called “Julie” on the website and started chatting with the victim.

The Irish Cancer Society is closing its Financial Support programme. The fund helps cancer patients who face financial hardship as a result of their diagnosis. The charity says it greatly regrets having to close the fund which they said had to close as "the demand has become too big for us to manage".

A former Fianna Fáil member has become the latest addition to the diverse grouping of the Independent Alliance. Launching their ‘Charter for Change’ the grouping, which includes sitting TDs Shane Ross, John Halligan, Tom Fleming and Finian McGrath, introduced its newest addition.

Begging offences in Dublin city centre rose by 415% in 2015, according to new garda figures. The data from the Dublin Joint Policing Committee also shows a 12% increase in crimes against the person, with the greatest increase coming in assaults (15%).

A woman charged with killing her housemate in Limerick has been remanded in custody. 34-year-old Monika Matracka from The Pines, Briarfield, Castletroy will be back in court again next month after her appearance earlier today.


The German government plans to ease the rules for deporting foreign criminals after the New Year’s Eve assaults in Cologne. Two senior ministers said the planned reform of laws on deportation and sexual offences will lower the legal hurdles to expel foreigners who commit serious crimes.

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Oscar Pistorius' lawyer says the South African Supreme Court of Appeal ignored the double-amputee’s vulnerability when it overturned a manslaughter conviction, declaring him guilty of murder for killing his girlfriend.


New consultant Andy Farrell met with the Munster players at this morning's training session at the University of Limerick.

Warren Gatland has been described as the “leading contender” to coach the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand next year. “It would be absolutely ludicrous of me to say that Warren would not be the leading contender – he clearly is,” Lions chief executive John Feehan told Sky.

Kerry football manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice admits he will “freshen up” his squad in the weeks ahead. Fitzmaurice accepts there is a need to introduce new players, but stressed that management’s focus isn’t entirely centred on Jack O’Connor’s U21 team


A cost-cutting review at C&C in Tipperary is resulting in the loss of over 100 jobs. The water-bottling plant in Borrisoleigh, which employs 140 staff, is one of two bases that will shut.

Millions of internet users could be at risk from web bugs and viruses after Microsoft ended support for three versions of its Internet Explorer web browser.


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Developed countries can well afford to aid refugees. In fact, we can’t afford not to. And the way we respond will tell us a lot about ourselves, writes Peter Sutherland


IF YOU'RE looking for ways to earn extra money in 2016 it is worth considering renting a room in your house, writes Gráinne McGuinness


It may surprise you the number of quality players who have missed out being named the world's best footballer by winning the Ballon d'Or. Here we look at a starting team of players who have never claimed the award.


RTÉ’s Jean Byrne is well-known for her out-there fashion choices and last night’s choice - complete with shoulder spikes - got a lot of people talking.

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The world lost a bit of its swagger yesterday. The passing of David Bowie has left us mourning one of our leading creative lights. From his self titled debut album in 1967 to 'Blackstar' in 2016, how much can you remember from the great man's career? Take this quiz and see if you're a real "Rebel Rebel".


GAMING: The Homefront sequelwith the subtitle of The Revolution is setting up its release date and showing off some new gameplay

MOVIES: Did you know there's a Star Wars spin off movie in the works which will focus on the earlier years in the life of Han Solo? It's not due to arrive until 2018 and is being directed by The Lego Movie guys Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

TECH: We’re nearing in on the announcement of the Galaxy S7 and a new video, which is based on renders, gives us an idea of what it could look like.


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10 minute rehearsal, 6,400 kids and one David Bowie songThe world’s largest children's choir Young Voices paid special tribute to the star at Birmingham’s Genting Arena after hearing the news of his death and mere hours before the opening night of their UK tour.


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Enda Kenny’s claim of a 93% success rate in progress terms is insulting to the electorate, says Political Editor Daniel McConnell.


IT IS movie award season and Irish designers and their luxury creations were the stars of the silver screen this week.From red carpet to luxe rugs: Ireland's designers get movie-star treatment

Falsies don’t have to be fiddly, says Katie Wright.5 common myths about false lashes

Hiring professional designers to guide you through a home revamp can get you what you want, which doesn’t necessarily have to be what TV home improvement shows tell us, writes Carol O’Callaghan.What a professional interior designer can do for you when planning a home revamp

Kya deLongchamps turns the spotlight on countertop stars to look out for in the last throes of the January sales.Counter culture: Some star kitchen appliance buys

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