Your Friday lunchtime catch-up

Good afternoon. Here’s everything you need to know from around the world this lunchtime.


A pregnant mother of nine has launched a desperate appeal after her house was set on fireand she was left homeless .

The price of Lotto tickets is to rise from €3 to €4 next month and the chances of winning are looking worse than ever as two extra numbers  are being added to the draw.

The Channel Tunnel could be closed at night if the crisis in Calais worsens  as it was disclosed that an African migrant walked nearly the entire length of the sub-sea crossing to reach England.

In other Irish news, almost €80,000 has been defrauded from five bank card holders in a new type of “elaborate” scam that has hit the country in the last couple of weeks.


Neville Neville, father of former Manchester United footballers Gary and Phil , has died after suffering a heart attack. Mr Neville, 65, died in hospital in Sydney, Australia, today after collapsing from a heart problem.

Elsewhere in the soccer, Manchester United must get past Club Brugge to reach the group stages of the Champions League.  United drew the Belgian side in the play-off round, with the first leg taking place at Old Trafford on August 18 or 19.

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Your Friday lunchtime catch-up 

Chinese family members of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines flight reacted with anger and scepticism yesterday after Malaysia’s government said a piece of wing debris found on an Indian Ocean island  last week was from the plane.

US secretary of state John Kerry has said the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima  underscored the importance of a deal reached on Iran’s nuclear programme last month.


Around 38,000 AIB customers are in arrears on their mortgages , down from a peak of 50,000.

Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson for finance Michael McGrath yesterday described as staggering the €17m in unpaid tax , penalties and interest the Revenue Commissioners has collected in two years  from contractors who were found to have claimed excessive expenses. 


On the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Louise Sarsfield Collins argues that accidental nuclear detonationt is a much more pressing issue than nuclear war.


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Jennifer Aniston has reportedly married her fiance of three years, Justin Theroux , in a top-secret ceremony at their home in Los Angeles. Here’s what we know about it.

The price of Lotto tickets is to rise from €3 to €4 next month and the chances of winning are looking worse than ever as two extra numbers  are being added to the draw.


Apple may have plans to launch its own mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) service in the US and Europe. .

Your Friday lunchtime catch-up

The Monty Python crew will be back in cinemas in October for a special screening of the Holy Grail, with singing!.

Rayman creator Michel Ancel has built one of the levels that will be included  in Super Mario Maker.


Your Friday lunchtime catch-up

The countdown is on: Ronan Keating will marry Australian TV executive Storm Uechtritz in two weeks. .


We didn’t doubt it for a second, of course Jennifer Aniston enlisted Courteney Cox  to be her maid of honour at her secret wedding in Bel Air yesterday.


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