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Catch-up with what you've missed with our morning briefing

IRELAND

Plans to fast-track the delivery of a flood-protection scheme for Midleton in East Cork have been unveiled.

Bus Eireann is warning that some school bus routes may be subject to disruption due to flooding. Elsewhere, the Road Safety Authority is warning drivers to also be aware of icy road conditions this morning.

The nurses union and the HSE have signalled they are prepared to enter talks to prevent a strike in hospital Emergency Departments next week.

The Irish Farmers Association has revealed that elections for its new President will take place at the end of April.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan will travel to New York today to launch the US 1916 Centenary programme of events.

WORLD 

North Korea says it has conducted a hydrogen bomb test in a surprise announcement that complicates already difficult efforts to curb the country’s push for a working nuclear arsenal.

Murder squad detectives in England are searching for the boyfriend of an ex-EastEnders actress after three bodies were found by police looking for the performer and her two children.

SPORT

A growing injury crisis could force Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp into the transfer market as his playing resources become thinner on the ground.

Pep Guardiola has announced his intention to move to England, intensifying a battle for his services among the Premier League’s elite.

BUSINESS

The Taoiseach is today beginning a 3-day trade mission to the Netherlands and Germany. Later today, Enda Kenny will be promoting Irish food and produce with some of Holland's top chefs at a luncheon organised by Bord Bia at the Irish Embassy in the Hague.

The Port of Cork is set to put the city’s historic Custom House on the market in the coming weeks as it advances plans to relocate to Ringaskiddy.

ANALYSIS

The actuality of boom and bust economics is that we simply do not learn — we gorge until we vomit, writes Gerard Howlin

LIFESTYLE

From fancy phones to digital SLRs, many people received cameras for Christmas. Marjorie Brennan dips into a book with top tips for keen amateurs.

VIDEO

Irish Distillers, which runs Jameson Distillery and visitor centre in Midleton, has embarked on flood-defence works upstream of its facility.

VIRAL

US president Barack Obama was in tears as he unveiled plans to tighten gun control in America, using his presidential powers in the absence of legal changes he had implored Congress to pass.

Marks & Spencer has defended a line of its luxury chocolate biccies after a customer claimed they were traditional custard creams in disguise.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Perhaps this will inspire you not to give up on a game no matter how difficult it seems. Terry Garrett, who lost his sight when he was 10, has beaten Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time after almost five years of trying.

MOVIES: A new year is upon us and with it another 365 days of movie delights. We’ve taken a look at the twelve months to come and picked out one must see movie for 12 top films of 2016.

TECH: Maingear has unveiled a new all-in-one PC that crams incredible specs into its hub.

SHOWBIZ

Miley Cyrus "never got over" Liam Hemsworth. The 'Wrecking Ball' hitmaker - who was engaged to the 'Hunger Games' star until 2013 - has reportedly been "hoping and dreaming" the pair could rekindle their romance for some time now.

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About 90 women have reported being robbed, threatened or sexually molested at the New Year’s celebrations outside Cologne’s cathedral by young, mostly drunk, men, police said. One woman said she was raped.

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