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Croatian leaders put the army on alert after chaos erupted on the border with Serbia, where thousands of asylum-seekers poured into the country. It is understood all traffic has been banned on roads heading towards seven crossings into Serbia.

The UK’s aviation regulator is taking legal action against Ryanair in a bid to ensure it changes its policy on paying flight delay compensation. Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) claims the airline is not complying fully with European consumer law designed to support passengers following flight disruption.

Back in Ireland, seventy-five new technical and sales jobs are being created in two separate announcements. Twenty-five high tech software positions are being created at Hire Lab in Cork to work on the Department of Social Protection’s jobsireland.ie website. The department put the project out to tender.

Those who came to pay their respects to Thomas Kent started queuing up more than hour before they were let in to see his coffin at Collins Barracks last night. First in the queue was Noel Raymond, 47, from Macroom. "I think it’s been forgotten by the last two generations," he said. "I’m very glad to be part of this."

WORLD 

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Strong aftershocks rippled through Chile after a magnitude 8.3 earthquake that killed at least eight people and slammed powerful waves into coastal towns, forcing more than 1m people from their homes.

Amid chaotic scenes at its border with Serbia, Croatia said it could not cope with a flood of refugees seeking a new route into the EU after Hungary kept them out by erecting a fence and using tear gas and water cannon against them.

SPORT

The surprise omission of Marc Ó Sé means Kerry will start an All-Ireland final without a member of the famed Ard a’ Bhóthair family for the first time in 43 years. Between Marc, brothers Tomás and Darragh and their late uncle Páidí, an Ó Sé has been named in the starting line-up in every Kerry final appearance since the 1972 defeat by Offaly.

Cork GAA chiefs will not have John Cleary to consider as a potential senior football manager, after it emerged that the All-Ireland-winner declined the nomination for the position.

RUGBY WORLD CUP CENTRE

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Ireland captain Paul O’Connell marches into his fourth and final World Cup tomorrow in Cardiff. Ahead of the World Cup kick-off against Canada, the second-row legend sat down with rugby correspondent Simon Lewis to share memories of tournaments past 

For more latest news, views and banter visit our dedicated Rugby World Cup Centre HERE 

BUSINESS

Irish insurers will have to set aside significantly more reserves to cover car crash, workplace injuries and other claims as compensation payouts surge, according to the industry’s regulator.

Commission president Jean Claude Juncker called for tax harmonisation when addressing allegations that he oversaw hundreds of sweetheart tax deals that let multinationals escape paying billions of euro in taxes.

ANALYSIS

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If Kenny waits until March he leaves too much time for something to go badly wrong, and not enough time to fix it, writes Alison O’Connor who says the Government may be re-elected if they go to the polls in November

LIFESTYLE

We are doing something wrong in this country as we are on course to be the fattest nation in Europe in 15 years. But what is it asks Andrea Mara

VIDEO

A 27-year-old woman with cystic fibrosis (CF) who travelled from Waterford to Cork University Hospital (CUH) for treatment was sent home because there were no beds available — while a 20-bed respiratory ward within the hospital remains closed.

VIRAL

There was some horsing around in Dublin today as someone who doesn’t normally take the Luas decided to take a ride instead of being ridden themselves. Yes, a horse found it’s way onto Dublin’s public transport at Belgard in Tallaght but was told to hoof it by a perturbed driver.

Your Friday morning catch-up

Dermot Bradley from Derry got quite a surprise on Saturday when a stamped and addressed Maris Piper potato arrived in the post - the address written in marker on the skin on the front and a message of thanks written on the back.

TECHNOW

GAMING: FIFA 16’s trailer features cameos from some of the world’s best footballers…and Kobe Bryant!

MOVIES: We recently reported on that a sequel to Mary Poppins was in the works, with Disney putting together a live action musical under Chicago director Rob Marshall.

TECH: TV3 has unveiled its new-and-improved 3player app, which it says is faster, better optimised, and easier to navigate, just in time for the Rugby World Cup.

SHOWBIZ

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Kylie Minogue has recorded a Christmas duet with James Corden. The 47-year-old singer asked the comedian-and-actor, 37, to feature on her forthcoming festive album, and the impressive collaboration has gone down so well with label bosses that the catchy track is tipped to be the lead single.

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Locals of a small bar in Co Kerry got a great surprise yesterday evening as Luke Skywalker himself stopped by to pull a few pints and teach people in ’the ways of the Force’.


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