Your Monday evening catch-up

Good evening. Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on today.


An explosion at a popular shrine near a key political protest site in central Bangkok, the government said, reportedly killing more than a dozen people and injuring many others.

Significant increases in the cut-off points for entry to dozens of engineering programmes this year may reflect the rising demand for degrees in a category of such courses, along with those with a technology leaning.

Members of an alleged crime syndicate known as “The Irish Boys” have been accused of a AUS$4m investment scam in Australia.


Tomás Mulcahy has emerged as the hot favourite to be the next Cork senior hurling manager as doubts persist about Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s willingness to continue in the position next season.

Galway v Tipperary was without doubt the game of the year, says Donal O’Grady. The picture of the Tipp players prostrate on the ground as Galway celebrated said it all. The Premier came up just short and Galway won because they stubbornly refused to be beaten.


The United Nations humanitarian chief said he is “horrified” by the attacks on civilians taking place in Syria, singling out government air strikes the previous day that killed nearly 100 people in a Damascus suburb.

Prosecutors pushing for a murder conviction against Oscar Pistorius have filed papers at South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal.


Auctioneers say VAT must be reduced for new builds in a bid to tackle the housing crisis.

More than 80% of Irish-based firms are in stable or growth mode, but the economic recovery is being driven by only 40% of larger companies in the manufacturing and services sectors, a report has claimed.


Your Monday evening catch-up

Today marks two years since Ibrahim Halawa, an Irish teenager, was jailed in Egypt after he was caught up in a political protest. For two years, he has been due to stand trial for his alleged role in the violence that erupted during the protest. If convicted, he could face the death penalty. The details of Ibrahim’s detention and alleged torture are harrowing but, if he is indeed innocent, it wouldn’t be the first time someone has fallen foul of a justice system, writes Kelly O’Brien.


Philip Corcoran of Cork’s Sexual Health Centre urges men and women who are sexually active and taking risks to have a HIV test. It save lives and halts infection.


Video footage shows the moment a fireball ripped through the night sky in China.

Here, a firefighter who survived Tianjin blast speaks of his experience.


A Cork man has made an Indian taxi driver’s day with this wonderful gesture.

After what was the best game of the Championship to date, between Galway and Tipperary yesterday, one dad’s reaction at the final whistle totally sums up how the county of Galway must have felt at that victorious moment.


Nine years later Gears of War have gone back to Gary Jules’ version of Tears for Fears’ Mad World to create a promo for the upcoming ultimate edition of the game.

Ellen DeGeneres gave an inspiring speech at the Teen Choice Awards last night.

Samsung launched two handsets last week, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5. Naturally, the devices’ batteries have been scrutinised and the Galaxy S6 Edge+ comes out on top.


A 30-year-old man has been charged in connection with the fatal stabbing of actor Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter on a Manhattan street.


BP workers were filming 4,000 feet under the sea off the coast of Angola with a remotely operated underwater vehicle when they captured footage of this thing - which they nicknamed the flying spaghetti monster .


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