Your Thursday evening catch-up

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


Austrian police have discovered the badly decomposing bodies of at least 20 - and possibly up to 50 – migrants piled in a truck parked on the shoulder of the main motorway from Budapest to Vienna. The shocking finding came as Austria hosted a summit in Vienna on Europe’s refugee crisis for Western Balkan nations, which have been overwhelmed this year by the tens of thousands of migrants trying to get into Europe via their territory.


Current evidence of Provisional IRA (PIRA) activity is of sufficient strength to force the exclusion of Sinn Féin from Northern Ireland’s powersharing government, the Democratic Unionists have insisted.

Gardaí have issued CCTV images of a Japanese couple in efforts to locate the pair who have not been seen since Saturday. 63-year-old Eiji Takagi, who holds joint American and Japanese nationality, and 61-year-old Ushio Azaki checked out of their hotel in Spanish Point in Clare on Saturday morning.

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This is the couple in question


Usain Bolt won gold this afternoon in the 200m final, but was lucky to escape injury in the moments after the race. The Jamaican star was waving to the stands when he was upended by a passing TV cameraman.

Mayo GAA sponsors, Elverys Intersport, have produced a stirring ad to get their supporters’ blood pumping for the trip to Croker. The county face Dublin in the second All-Ireland SFC semi-final on Sunday, with a final showdown against Kerry awaiting the winners.


One day after the on-air killings of a reporter and cameraman shocked millions across the world, the grieving staff at WDBJ-TV came together for an emotional broadcast of its Mornin’ show. At 6.45am – the time of the shooting that took the lives of reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward – the station observed a moment of silence, showing the victims’ photos on the screen.

A sinkhole in China has swallowed five people in dramatic scenes that were captured on video. A provincial broadcaster says four people were injured in the incident on Saturday in the provincial capital of Harbin.

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China’s key stock market index has surged 5.3%, its biggest gain in eight weeks, as markets across Asia rose following Wall Street’s rebound, giving investors some relief after gut-wrenching global losses.

A four-star hotel business owned by one of the best known family names in the hotel industry has secured a €3.6m writedown on its bank loans. The 18th century Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel in Killiney, Dublin, is owned by Eithne Scott-Lennon, whose brother, hotelier John Fitzpatrick runs two very profitable Fitzpatrick hotels in New York.


For too long people accepted the terrible toll of infant deaths like Little Nellie’s. Victoria White says we shouldn’t be trying to exhume her, but rather remember her with a fight for universal health care.


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Video games have long attracted both devotion and scorn. A new book explores this parallel universe many can’t resist, writes Noel Baker.


Chinese authorities have said they have detained or placed under investigation people in connection with the Tianjin explosion. The Chinese authorities facing enormous pressure to account for catastrophic chemical blasts that killed more than one hundred people two weeks ago said they had detained or placed under investigation twenty three people in connection with the disaster.


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Miya and Keira are two very cute kids who have their ’fake sleep’ game down. The little girls are having a great time, chatting to each other about baby things from their respective cribs while they are supposed to be asleep. But mom is always watching.

All over the country, kids will heading back to school over the next few weeks. With that in mind, take our quick maths quiz and see what you remember from your school days. Multiplication, division and solving for y - how much maths will you remember?


GAMING - Kickstarter continues to be a great place to go for games and the latest success on the platform is an RPG called Divinity Original Sin 2.

MOVIES - f you’re looking for something to bring the kids to this October that won’t be quite so scary, it might be time to put Ghosthunters on Icy Trails in your calendar.

TECH - After the total failure of the Amazon Fire phone project the retail giant has ceased any further development of smartphones.


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Love her or hate her, everyone has something to say about Miley Cyrus. So, Jimmy Kimmel decided to send his Australian correspondent, Janet on to the street to hear exactly what they have to say. Just one small catch, his Australian correspondent is actually Miley Cyrus - in what could possibly be the world’s worst disguise.


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The recently-hacked adulterers’ website -Ashley Madison - has had enough headaches with leaking the private details of its members, followed by allegations that they sold a "delete" function that didn’t exist. Now, it’s alleged almost all the women who used the site were either faked or had never actually used it at all - but were there to reel in paying male members.


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