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IRELAND

A three-man gang of burglars have been sentenced to a total of 14 and a half years in prison after a carrying out a terrifying seven-and-a-half hour crime spree targeting homes in rural Co Limerick.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan has been urged to publish a detailed independent report into State property body Nama as soon as he is given it next week, amid concerns the document could be shelved until the autumn

French President Francois Hollande has bolstered Ireland's position to secure a “special situation” in discussions with European leaders during Brexit negotiations.

Gardaí in Dublin are appealing for witnesses to an assault on a man on Dollymount Strand Tuesday night.

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has said difficulties have been experienced in hiring staff to deal with the country's suicide crisis.

A local councillor and historian has said that the Pokémon Go phenomenon is being disrespectful to important monuments in Cork that pay tribute to the dead.

WORLD

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Police in Brazil have detained 10 people said to have pledged allegiance to Islamic State amid fears they were planning an attack on the Rio Olympics.

A man suspected of throwing a hoax bomb through the open window of a police car in New York's Times Square has been taken into custody after an overnight stand-off.

Police investigating the attempted knifepoint abduction of an RAF serviceman have said they are "unable to discount terrorism" as a motive.

The Turkish government has announced plans to suspend human rights laws as it prepares to implement the country's new state of emergency following the failed coup.

SPORT

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Spain have named Julen Lopetegui as their new coach. The 49-year-old former Porto boss takes over from Vicente del Bosque

Newcastle's Georginio Wijnaldum is expected to have a medical at Liverpool on Friday after the two clubs agreed a fee for the midfielder.

Davy Fitzgerald is aiming to be on the sideline for Clare’s All-Ireland quarter-final on Sunday having had minor heart surgery yesterday.

BUSINESS

Eight million tourists visited Ireland in 2015 according to Fáilte Ireland. That is up 13% since last year.

Facebook has revealed its Messenger app has reached a billion users, making it one of the most popular apps in the world.

ANALYSIS

It drives me absolutely bonkers to hear the buck-ignorant bigotry which people are coming out with about Islam in Turkey, writes Victoria White.

LIFESTYLE

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Increased animal suffering means the ISPCA received more than 21,000 calls in a year, writes Rita de Brún

VIDEO

After a long day patrolling the demilitarised zone of the Korean peninsula, these South-Korean soldiers trade their military boots for a pair of ballet shoes.

VIRAL

When his mam texted him, wanting to get in on the Pokémon Go craze, Nathan Wall from Lancashire saw a golden opportunity to mess with her.

Onn ice cream van driver was clearly too focused on making sure everyone had enough 99s and lollies to notice the tide was swiftly coming up the beach behind him. Which led to a very unfortunate situation.

TECHNOW

GAMINGA Pokémon Go player in the US has become the first to fill his Pokédex with every critter available in the game.

MOVIES/TVThe real story of Pablo Escobar is almost impossible to believe, which made it great fodder for the first season of Narcos on Netflix. Now the tale is set to continue in season 2.

TECHWhile there have been plenty of leaks regarding the Galaxy Note 7 over the last few months, these most recent images give us a more detailed overview of the handset.

SHOWBIZ

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Aidan Gillen has been rumoured to be starring in a brand new BBC drama The Spy Who Came In From The Cold based off of John Le Carré’s novel of the same name.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Do you have a good eye for detail and a keen memory? Challenge yourself with this visual memory quiz that claims only 10% of people can get the perfect score. While we’re dubious of that, it is quite challenging.


Lifestyle

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