Morning briefing: DNA of 84 taxi drivers sought in rape probe. Catch up on all the headlines

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

IRELAND

Taxi drivers in Dublin are being asked to provide DNA samples as part of an investigation into an alleged rape.

GPs are set to receive grants to buy X-ray machines and other equipment to allow for the roll-out of services currently only available in hospitals.

Demand for Irish passports soared this year to a new record high.

The Irish Wildlife Trust has asked the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation to suspend the designation of the Killarney National Park as a world biosphere reserve.

WORLD

China has said it is willing to have constructive dialogue with the Vatican - as long as its Catholics are loyal to Beijing and their religion is adapted to Chinese society.

Japan's prime minister has offered "sincere and everlasting condolences" for the US service members who died when his country attacked Pearl Harbour, catapulting America into the Second World War.

A former New York City high school pupil who fathered a child with his teacher has killed both her and their four-year-old son.

Women who binge drink are portrayed more negatively by the media than men who do the same thing, according to a new study in the UK.

SPORT

Morning briefing: DNA of 84 taxi drivers sought in rape probe. Catch up on all the headlines

Former football star Paul Gascoigne was taken to hospital after an alcohol-fuelled fight at a hotel, it has been reported.

It’s imperative the Irish rugby snowball keeps on rolling in 2017 after such a productive end to 2016

They say no-one knows the son quite like the father, though it must be getting increasingly difficult for the elders of Dublin football to identify with their sons’ remarkable achievements.

Niall Scannell spoke for the entire Munster dressing room when he derided descriptions of the Leinster team they defeated on Monday evening as second string.

OPINION

Francis Fukuyama looks at how the leaking of bad information is being used by those who would like to have authoritarian power at their fingertips.

BUSINESS

According to its latest World Economic Outlook, the International Monetary Fund forecasts that the global economy will grow by 3.4% in 2017.

Take a quick look at the main metrics and it appears that the year just gone was a vintage one.

LIFESTYLE

Morning briefing: DNA of 84 taxi drivers sought in rape probe. Catch up on all the headlines

Legal trade in rhinoceros horns could save the species from extinction — or hasten their demise, says Rachel Nuwer.

SHOWBIZ

Hollywood superstar Harrison Ford has led tributes to Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, who has died at the age of 60.

EXAMVIRAL

Death, destruction and division. You guessed it: it’s 2016.

One man did something others would struggle to do when he was blessed with 365 day’s worth of pizza – he gave it all away.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

In our most-read series of 2016; Breda Graham lists the most read stories in our Exam Viral section.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Take a quick look at the main metrics and it appears that the year just gone was a vintage one.


Lifestyle

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