Your Monday evening catch-up

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

TOP STORY

Scientists have spotted some mysterious marks on the Martian surface which change with the seasons, and scientists believe they’re almost certainly caused by flowing water.

IRELAND

A taxi driver was found dead on a road a short distance from his car in Co Louth. Named locally as Martin Mulligan, a father of two daughters and from Dundalk, he is believed to have been attacked and stabbed a few miles outside the town.

Twelve Irish families have been chosen to home up to 20 children from Syria who need immediate care. The families are working with International Orphan Aid and have all been approved in line with the Hague convention.

In our Farming Poll it was revealed that a majority (53%) agreed that assisted suicide should be permitted in certain circumstances, with 22% strongly in favour.

For more news, data and analysis on the 2015 Farming Poll, click HERE.

WORLD

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Volkswagen has reportedly suspended its research and development chiefs following the emissions scandal. Those leading future projects for its VW, Audi and Porsche brands have apparently been put on leave.

The UN secretary-general has called for the situation in Syria to be referred to the International Criminal Court. World leaders including President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin are among a global gathering of leaders with the conflict high on the agenda.

SPORT

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Sepp Blatter’s lawyer says that the Fifa president has told his staff he has done “nothing illegal or improper”. Blatter was back at Fifa headquarters, three days after being interrogated by Swiss investigators at the scandal-battered governing body’s headquarters.

After months of indecision Aston Villa starlet Jack Grealish has finally made his mind up - and has chosen to play for England. Today his club tweeted to say: “Jack Grealish has made a decision over his international future and opted to play for England”.

RUGBY WORLD CUP CENTRE

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Ronan O’Gara analyses all the big issues at the Rugby World Cup, including Stuart Lancaster, England’s late collapse against Wales and Ireland’s opening two wins in Pool D.

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

BUSINESS

Cork internet provider Nova Broadband today announced that it is to connect customers all over Ireland to the new ultra-high-speed Hibernia Express subsea cable system. Hibernia Express is a new direct link from Cork to London and New York, which is being switched on this month.

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Kehlan Kirwan looks at the loss of the Web Summit to Lisbon and while it may be a great move for the event, it exposes a harsh reality for the Irish tech and start-up scene

ANALYSIS

I don’t know about this Pope at all. I really don’t. He doesn’t fit in the pattern of popes I grew up with, writes Terry Prone, who says Francis is the first Pope who doesn’t beat around the bush

LIFESTYLE

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Often people form an opinion of you before you even open your mouth, says communications expert and CNN veteran Gina London. She tells Áilín Quinlan why she needs to watch her body language

VIDEO

Irish Examiner readers were out in force last night and early this morning capturing images from the supermoon lunar eclipse, the first event of its kind snce 1982. But one Youtuber caught the most beautiful footage of the entire event.

VIRAL

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This photo has been viewed over one million times - and people have been debating it all weekend. Some think she’s definitely underwater - there are what look like bubbles around her face. Most say she’s clearly jumping into some shallow water - her hair looks dry.

Apple sold more than 13 million new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus smartphones in the first three days of sale, the technology giant has announced. The figure is a new record for Apple, having previously sold 10 million of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus when it went on sale last year. The new 6s model has a better camera, faster processor and a pressure-sensitive screen for the first time.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Forza is back on the Xbox One, with more tracks than ever before and new challenges to test the mettle of every kind of player.

MOVIES: Leo DiCaprio is having some tough times in The Revenant, and this new movie from the director of Birdman is looking really stunning

TECH: There’s a Kickstarter campaign underway at the moment, which may appeal to dog lovers. The Pooch Selfie tries to make it easier to take selfies with a dog.

SHOWBIZ

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Another day, another reminder of how great legendary actor Robin Williams was. Just have a look at this letter he wrote to his Mrs Doubtfire co-star’s principal after she was expelled.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Your Monday evening catch-up

Ronan O’Gara analyses all the big issues at the Rugby World Cup, including Stuart Lancaster, England’s late collapse against Wales and Ireland’s opening two wins in Pool D.


Lifestyle

Volunteers from the multinational tech company harvest food fresh from Fota Gardens, writes Peter Dowdall.Made in Munster: The tech giant Apple harvesting food from Fota Gardens

Peter Dowdall takes a look at a plant that thrives in damp soil and is a key part of Ireland’s biodiversityThe wonders of willows: A key part of Ireland’s biodiversity

Pollutants can have an impact on your health, but there are things you can do to reduce the potential damage.High pollution days ‘lead to more cardiac arrests and strokes’: 5 easy ways to protect yourself

Even if you only have room for one pot in the smallest space, plant some tulips in it to make your garden spring to life, says Hannah Stephenson.7 design tips to make your tulips in garden pots stand out in a crowd

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