The Briefing - Your Friday morning news catch up

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The Briefing - Your Friday morning news catch up

BRIEFING TOP STORY

NEW CABINET DUE TODAY

The new Cabinet is to be announced later this morning.

It is expected there will be just one new face on the Fine Gael side, with three from Labour.

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IRISH NEWS

GARDA NUMBERS CLOSE TO CRITICAL LEVEL

Interim garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has issued a second warning about garda numbers — saying they were now "very close" to a critical level.

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MORPHINE MAY HURT TREATMENT OF BREAT CANCER

Breast cancer researchers have appealed for funding to allow them fully probe their discovery that common pain relief and anaesthesia techniques could hamper patients’ treatment.

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WORLD NEWS

PALESTINIAN DEATH TOLL RISES AMID AIR ASSAULT

Israel dramatically escalated its aerial assault targeting hundreds of Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip yesterday.

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BRITAIN TO FAST-TRACK DATA LAWS AFTER EUROPEAN RULING

Fast-track legislation is to be rushed through the British parliament with cross-party support in order to maintain the ability of police and security services to access telephone and internet data.

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SPORT

FANS SEE RED AFTER TICKET FIASCO

Thousands of irate Cork and Limerick hurling supporters were left empty-handed yesterday morning as technical issues played havoc with the sale of tickets for Sunday’s Munster decider at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

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SUAREZ COULD RISK FUTHER COURT APPEAL

Luis Suarez will have to decide whether to risk asking the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to put his four-month biting ban on hold until the outcome of an appeal.

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BUSINESS

'COMPETITIVENESS LEADERSHIP AND LACK OF SCALE REMAIN BIG CHALLENGES'

Enterprise Ireland has warned about the divergence in size of Irish companies and feels that domestic firms still need to become more competitive.

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VIEWPOINTS

WILL TOMORROW EVER COME FOR THIS GARTH?

THE last week was a country music song, performed during a surreal interlude in a cranky summer. We had achy breaky hearts, and forlorn love and a concert that up and died, only to be revived, by either Jesus or Enda Kenny, depending on who you want to dropkick you through the goalposts of life.

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SHOWBIZ

FAST AND FURIOUS CAST PAY TRIBUTE AS PRODUCTION ENDS

The cast and crew of 'Fast & Furious 7' have paid tribute to the late Paul Walker.

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TOP FEATURE

LOVE STARTS WITH A PRENUP

AT the recent Florence wedding of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, there wasn’t a cloud on the picture-perfect horizon. But that doesn’t mean that the couple didn’t contemplate the possibility of stormy weather. They did.

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MOST READ RIGHT NOW ...

WENGER THRILLED WITH SANCHEZ SIGNING

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to step up his summer recruitment drive after a deal was agreed with Barcelona for “fantastic” Chile international Alexis Sanchez.

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