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LEAVING CERT RESULTS

Nearly 58,500 students will receive their Leaving Certificate results today, up more than 500 since last year.

The next big wait for most students getting results today is on the offer of third-level college places from next Monday.

Further increases in students taking Leaving Certificate science subjects and higher level maths have been offset by continued increases in numbers failing the exams.

There has been another jump in numbers choosing to take higher level Leaving Certificate Irish as the emphasis on the spoken language appears to reap further benefits.

The Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) was completed by 2,758 students this year — the lowest number for a decade.

IRELAND

A “close commercial relationship” exists between two firms at the heart of the multi-million euro Olympics ticket touting scandal, it was admitted last night.

Ibrahim Halawa is today marking three years behind bars without trial in Egypt. The Dubliner's passed a letter to his family in which he says he is willing to die for freedom.

Four people have been hospitalised following a number of fires in Dublin overnight. Emergency services say two people suffered burns after a gas cylinder at a caravan in Donabate exploded.

A public health warning has been issued after it was confirmed an adult with measles visited a number of locations in Mitchelstown, Co Cork, and in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, in recent weeks.

WORLD 

Donald Trump accused rival Hillary Clinton of being against the police as he condemned the violence that followed a shooting by officers.

Wildfires in California have forced 82,000 people to flee their homes. US authorities have ordered mass evacuations after the blaze which which was started by an unprecedented drought.

RIO OLYMPICS

LATEST: Thomas Barr scorched to a new Irish record of 48.39 seconds in winning his 400m hurdles semi-final at the Rio Olympics.

TOP STORY: Amateur boxing stinks. AIBA, its international governing body, are cheats. The Olympic boxing tournament is a shambles. Michael Conlan was not pulling any punches yesterday.

ANALYSIS: Four years is a long time for another Olympics to come around, but after Annalise Murphy slipped out of the medal positions into fourth in 2012, she was determined to come back and put right what had happened.

SPORT

John Cleary has called for immediate action to arrest the “worrying” decline of Cork football over the past four years.

Noel Hickey admits Michael Fennelly’s loss will be considerable going into an All-Ireland final with Tipperary, a team he impressed against in recent years.

BUSINESS

The racehorse training and bloodstock firm operated by the country’s most successful horse trainer Aidan O’Brien last year had a bumper year record profits of over €625,000.

The Vintners Federation of Ireland has said the fees Sky and Eir Sport are charging pubs to show live sport broadcast on their channels are “unsustainable”.

LIFESTYLE

Helen O’Callaghan looks at an innovative horticulture project which aims to give work experience to people who have Down syndrome

ANALYSIS

Becoming world-class cost-control accountants for the 2020 Games will prevent future generations being hobbled with debt, writes Yuriko Koike

VIRAL

Passengers on a recent flight from Dubai to the Philippines were treated to an extraordinary sight when a woman unexpectedly gave birth.

You’ve probably been thinking that today is just like any normal weekday in August, haven’t you? But, you’re wrong. Because today is none other than National Roller Coaster Day.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Mafia III is still a couple of months away but the promo material keeps coming, and this Gamescom 2016 trailer might be the best yet.

MOVIES/TV: Michael Fassbender is the lead in the new Assassin's Creed movie and he's the kind of performer who likes doing his own stunts. Expect when they involve actually jumping from a platform 125 feet in the air.

TECH: Global superstars Dwayne The Rock Johnson and Kevin Hart (ok one of them is more famous) popped into the Snapchat headquarters for a high energy Q&A, and it all kicked off with a lot of cursing.

SHOWBIZ

The Playboy Mansion has been sold to a next door neighbour for $100 million. Daren Metropoulos is officially the new owner of the infamous 5-acre estate which has seen some of the most famous people in the world enjoy the most glamorous parties.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

THE relationship between Sports Minister Shane Ross and president of the Olympic Council of Ireland, Pat Hickey, is not one of equals. Hickey is by far the more important man.

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