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IRELAND

Talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil on the facilitation of a minority Government will centre on water charges when they resume later.

Fianna Fáil may be prepared to agree a written government deal and support three Fine Gael budgets in exchange for the suspension of water charges until the next general election.

The Simon Community has said the number of people entering emergency accommodation here continues to grow month after month.

The community group opposed to the building of an incinerator in Cork Harbour has claimed the application is invalid, due to a string of issues, including errors over the company name of the applicant, Indaver Ireland.

Ireland is among more than 160 countries expected to sign up to the world's first comprehensive deal to tackle climate change at a ceremony in New York later.

WORLD 

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The death toll from an explosion that ripped through a petrochemical plant on Mexico's southern Gulf coast has risen to 24, state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos has said.

At least two people were killed when part of an elevated bike lane, built ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, was hit by a strong wave and collapsed on to the beach below, authorities in Brazil said.

SPORT

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Arsene Wenger has called on Arsenal fans to "come and support the team" after the Gunners beat West Brom in front of a reduced Emirates Stadium crowd on Thursday night.

ÉAMONN Fitzmaurice was referring to Stephen Cluxton’s radar kickouts, but he might have been subconsciously alluding to Kerry’s inexplicable no-show in last year’s All-Ireland final.

BUSINESS

Sky reported rising customer attrition rates across Europe as the broadcaster curtailed discounts in the UK and Ireland and lost viewers in Italy after failing to secure the rights to Champions League soccer.

Barack Obama has urged Britain to stay in the EU, saying that the world needs the UK's influence within Europe. The US president, who has arrived in Britain for talks with David Cameron and lunch with the Queen, said membership of the European Union magnified the UK's status on the global stage.

ANALYSIS

Is it an oasis, or a mirage? After 55 days lost in the post-election political desert, with seemingly no hope of rescue, for a brief period yesterday, TDs, senators and their handlers believed that at long last a government-forming deal is imminent.

LIFESTYLE

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Belarussians Anna and Alexi consider themselves lucky to have been adopted by Irish couples after the 1986 nuclear accident, says Jonathan deBurca Butler

VIDEO

Almost 40 years after his death, Steve McQueen remains the definition of cool. Within minutes of meeting his son Chad you realise that more than a little of his Dad rubbed off on him.

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VIRAL

If you want to see the world but also want to be green, there are a few things you can do to ensure you travel more sustainably. n support of Earth Day, the annual global environmental awareness day taking place on April 22, here are some ways we can all travel, while helping to protect the planet, from 18-35 travel expert Contiki.

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Simon Zebo, Conor Murray, Keith Earls and Paul Warwick were among thousands who threw their support behind the ‘Breathe With Me’ Strawfie Challenge during National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Week.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Nicolas Hamilton is a 24 year old Briton and racing car driver who competes in the British Touring Car Championship. He also suffers from cerebral palsy, and races with a specially-adapted car.

MOVIES: Game of Thrones is back for its sixth season next week, and if you can't quite remember what happened last April-May here's your recap.

TECH: Sony’s upcoming Xperia M Ultra is being rumoured to feature a dual-camera system.

SHOWBIZ

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Film-maker and long-time Prince collaborator Spike Lee helped lead the tributes to the Purple Rain singer with an impromptu street party in his New York borough. Around 1,000 people turned up to celebrate the life and times of the Purple Rain singer after writer and director Lee sent out an invite for people to share their grief upon news of Prince's death on Thursday.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

There has been a sharp rise in the number of British people applying for Irish passports because of fears of a Brexit. As the Dáil debated the potential crisis, the government has developed a strategy to deal with a British exit from the EU.


Lifestyle

It will be tricky trying to see everybody at the huge Stradbally event next weekend, so Ed Power selects the ones you definitely shouldn’t miss.10 must-see acts at Electric Picnic

Dawn Behan owns Woodbine Books in Kilcullen, Co. Kildare.We Sell Books: ‘It’s lovely to see you are doing something right’

It hasn’t been the ideal summer for observing the skies, but as we move into September we live in that almost annual hope of an Indian summer, writes Niall Smith.Skymatters: Enjoy the last of the summer stars and check out 'Vega'

Actually the lights were on when I got dressed this morning, says Luke Rix-Standing.11 things you’ll only know if you have no sense of style

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