The Briefing - Your Wednesday morning news catch up

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The Briefing - Your Wednesday morning news catch up

BRIEFING TOP STORY

MICHAELA MURDER SUSPECTS IDENTIFIED BY POLICE

Four suspects have been reportedly identified by police in Mauritius investigating the murder of Michaela McAreavey in a hotel there in 2011.

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IRISH NEWS

THIEVES TARGET BISHOP'S HOUSE

The residence of the Bishop of Kerry, Ray Browne, is the latest to be targeted by thieves in a string of recent burglaries around Co Kerry.

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D-DAY FOR HOGAN AS JUNCKER SET TO NAME COMMISSION

Former Environment Minister Phil Hogan could find out today which job he is getting in the new European Commission.

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WORLD NEWS

COUPLE CHARGED AFTER WOMAN RAPED AND KEPT CAPTIVE IN CAGE

An Indiana couple accused of holding a woman captive for two months, often locking her in a small wooden cage, was charged with rape, criminal confinement, kidnapping and other felonies in a case one officer likened to "modernised slavery."

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CONFUSION OVER RELEASE OF UN PEACEKEEPERS IN SYRIA

Fiji has sent mixed messages on whether its 45 United Nations peacekeepers that are being held captive by Syrian insurgents will be freed soon.

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SPORT

FANS SET TO FLOCK TO CAMOGIE FINALS

Camogie officials are hoping to have a record crowd at Sunday’s Liberty InsuranceAll-Ireland finals at Croke Park.

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ROONEY MEETING ENGLAND PLAYERS IN BID TO BANISH WORLD CUP DEMONS

England captain Wayne Rooney has been holding player-only meetings in a bid to put the summer’s disastrous World Cup behind them.

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BUSINESS

HOTEL GROUP PLANS €500M PORTFOLIO EXPANSION

The Dalata Hotel Group could spend up to €500m on expanding its portfolio over the next two-to-three years, management said yesterday.

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VIEWPOINTS

SCOTTISH YES VOTE WOULD POSE MAJOR RISK FOR NORTHERN IRELAND

LAST Sunday’s YouGov opinion poll showing a lead for the yes side in the Scottish independence referendum, was a bowel- loosening moment for the British establishment.

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EXAMVIRAL

'GOD LOVES GAYS' BILLBOARD UNVEILED IN WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH HOMETOWN

A new billboard with the message "God loves gays" has appeared in the town of Topeka, Kansas which is the home of the Westboro Baptist Church.

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SHOWBIZ

AMY HUBERMAN IS EXPECTING HER SECOND CHILD WITH BRIAN O'DRISCOLL

Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman are expecting their second child. The actress took to twitter this evening to announce the news.

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TOP FEATURES

INTERVIEWING: A SKILL BEYOND QUESTION

Journalist Lynn Barber tells Richard Fitzpatrick why interviewers shouldn’t be afraid to look stupid and how she asked Jimmy Savile ‘that question’.

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MAN FINED FOR VERBALLY ABUSING GARDA 

A man roaring "God Save the Queen" in Cork told a garda, "Ye arrest me because I am gay and Protestant and from Tipperary."

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