As the death toll in the massive earthquake that struck the remote Hindu Kush mountains soared above 300, officials on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistan border warned yesterday that casualty figures will likely leap once relief workers return from villages so remote they can only be accessed on foot or by donkey.
SAUDI ARABIA is one of those countries that is so very wealthy that it does not really have to bother too much with what the rest of the world thinks about it. It can, metaphorically at least, smile at the world’s opprobrium and buy another string of racehorses to get over the slight.
The realisation she had qualified for the London Olympics resulted in a flood of emotion that exposed the human side of Katie Taylor at the women’s world boxing championships in the Chinese city of Qinhuangdao during the week but then it was back to business as usual for the Bray superstar.
With Katie Taylor preparing to glove up for her shot at Olympic qualification this morning (7am Irish time), flyweight Ceire Smith moved excitingly close to a place in the London Games by claiming a second victory at the Women’s World boxing championships in Quinhuangdao, China, yesterday.
ON New Year’s Day, Ireland will begin a year-long term as chair of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe. This week’s visit to Dublin by Secretary General Lamberto Zannier is part of the quickening of pace of diplomatic preparation.
A FORMER prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, who was allowed to leave for Ireland in 2009, was forced to spend five years in captivity even after interrogators decided he had little to offer in terms of military intelligence.
DESPITE the great delay in bringing even one of those responsible for our economic collapse to book, and despite the almost laughable fact that the Moriarty Tribunal resumed its public hearings yesterday 13 years and €200 million after it began its investigations, Transparency International has reported that Ireland is amongst the least corrupt countries in the world.