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IRELAND

The crisis-hit Olympic Council of Ireland has failed to fully back Pat Hickey  amid growing speculation its older and newer board members are divided over the high-profile official.

The use of local “spotters” is widespread among criminal gangs targeting farmyards for valuable equipment   and machinery, a specialist detective has said.

The show may come with a caution going forward after some viewers found elements of the Rose of Tralee disturbing  — from a stage invader who forced an ad break to parents unsettled at the possibilities offered by mixing water, washing-up liquid, and butane gas.

Chances look slim of any course being offered to over 17,000 third-level applicants  without a place so far, as tens of thousands snapped up their places yesterday.

Individual gardaí have a duty to “rigorously oppose”  and report unprofessional, unethical and illegal conduct by colleagues, according to a draft Garda Code of Ethics.

WORLD 

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Donald Trump has promised to be "fair but firm"  towards the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally, in a shift in tone that raised questions on whether he is backtracking from previous pledges to push for mass deportations.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said his country is determined to fight Islamic State group extremists  both inside Turkey and in Syria, after a youth blew himself up at a Kurdish wedding party, killing at least 54 people, many of them children.

SPORT

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Dundalk’s 3-0 victory over BATE Borisov in Tallaght was widely acclaimed as perhaps the best ever performance  and result by an Irish club in European competition.

David Wallace is confident Rassie Erasmus can succeed where Rob Penney struggled and land on a style of play that utilises Munster’s traditional strengths  up front while making the most of a promising back line.

BUSINESS

Building solutions group Kingspan is eyeing 15% higher annual revenues this year  — which would see it comfortably breach the €3bn mark — on the back of a record first half and a better-than-expected performance by its UK operations in the immediate aftermath of June’s Brexit vote.

Canada’s Couche-Tard has agreed to buy the forecourt chain CST Brands for almost $4bn (€3.5bn),  using its biggest-ever acquisition to expand its foothold in Texas and eastern Canada.

LIFESTYLE

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Scrimping and saving is part of the student experience, writes Sharon Ní Chonchúir.  But always put your college course before a part-time job.

ANALYSIS

Michael Clifford says with the Brazilian ‘cast the net wide’ process and the limited Irish probe,  it will be a while before we have answers.

VIRAL

No, this isn’t a new way to play “Rock, paper scissors”. Instead we’re talking about a video made by Canadian carpenter John Heisz, which you will need to see to believe.

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Ever since they got together in 2003, Lindsay Stamhuism, from Edmonton, Canada, has had to deal with her husband Aidan Hailes’ habit of talking absolute nonsense in his sleep. Lindsay has been texting transcripts of what he’s been saying so he can also appreciate them.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Deus Ex Mankind Divided is out on August 23, but in this world of digital downloads things aren't quite that simple.

MOVIES/TV: Well you can't suggest that Voyage of Time: Life's Journey doesn't have big ideas. This documentary wants to show the birth of the universe, the arrival of man and what the future might hold, all in 90 minutes.

TECH: Twitter is trying to fight back against trolls and its latest update will help users limit what notifications they see.

SHOWBIZ

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Mrs Brown’s Boys has beaten The Office and Gavin & Stacey to be named best British sitcom of the 21st century.  The BBC One show, starring creator Brendan O’Carroll as foul-mouthed Irish matriarch Agnes Brown, attracts millions of viewers and has spawned a successful movie despite being dismissed by critics.

Kerry Howard, the actress who plays a young Hyacinth Bucket in the Keeping Up Appearances prequel, has described Patricia Routledge’s response  to the new drama as “sad”.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

The crisis-hit Olympic Council of Ireland has failed to fully back Pat Hickey  amid growing speculation its older and newer board members are divided over the high-profile official.


Lifestyle

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Discovering the joys of the Monaghan and Armagh landscapes while venturing north, comes highly-recommended by Noel BakerTrekking north to Monaghan and Armagh is good for the soul

Sex advice with Suzi Godson.Sex file: Where have my orgasms gone?

Producers of the new landmark Attenborough series tell Sarah Marshall about some of the fantastic animal encounters they filmed.Visit the wildlife locations featured in the BBC’s Seven Worlds, One Planet

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