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BRIEFING TOP STORY
80 CHILDREN AMONG 295 PASSENGERS KILLED ON MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLIGHT
Up to 80 children were feared to be among the 295 passengers and crew who died after the Malaysian Airways plane was shot down over Ukraine yesterday afternoon.
MOON WALK BUZZ RETURNS
On July 20, 1969, Buzz Aldrin was "out of town" when the world united and rejoiced in a way never seen before or since.
ONE FIREARM STOLEN OR LOST DAILY OVER LAST FOUR YEARS
Almost one legally held firearm has been reported stolen or lost every day over the last four years.
KILLING OF 295 RAISES STAKES IN UKRAINE CONFLICT
The killing of 295 people aboard a Malaysian airliner brought down over eastern Ukraine sharply raised the stakes in a conflict between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels in which Russia and the West back opposing sides.
ISRAEL SENDS GROUP TROUPS INTO GAZA STRIP
Israel launched a large-scale ground offensive in the Gaza Strip yesterday, escalating a 10-day military operation to try to destroy Hamas’ weapons arsenal, rocket-firing abilities, and tunnels under the Palestinian territory’s border with Israel.
RORY READY TO RID HIS FRIDAY DEMONS
Rory McIlroy will try and forget his recent Friday woes today as he bids to extend his one-shot first-round lead and take a firm grip on the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.
VAN GAAL: I'M NO DICTATOR
Louis van Gaal might have a reputation as a tough taskmaster but he will run Manchester United democratically after being unveiled as manager at Old Trafford.
MUNSTER BUSINESSES DOODLING THEIR WAY TO A DEEPER FORM OF LEARNING
GRAPHIC harvester Naomi Fein has been enjoying huge success of late, giving Munster’s leading companies storyboard accounts of seminars, workshops and other events to take home and share with their colleagues.
THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE HOW WE SAY OUR LAST GOODBYE STILL ESCAPES US
IT isn’t a question that anybody would like to have to answer yet it looms in the distance with certainty. It’s a conversation nobody looks forward to but should be undertaken with seriousness, because it lurks in everybody’s future.
MTV USES SNAPCHAT TO ANNOUNCE VMA NOMINATIONS
And Beyonce has topped the poll.
CYCLISTS ARE RIDING HIGH FOR CORK CYCLING FESTIVAL
NO road tax. No costly NCT, and you can repair a puncture yourself. Cycling is cheap, reliable transport, perfect for negotiating a city.
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VAN GAAL: I HAVE TO ADAPT TO MAN UNITED
Louis van Gaal described living up to expectations on the pitch while fulfilling commercial obligations off it as the biggest challenge facing him as Manchester United manager.
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