Catch-up with what you've missed so far today with our lunchtime briefing

Good afternoon. Here’s all the news you need to know this lunchtime.
Catch-up with what you've missed so far today with our lunchtime briefing

IRELAND

Brazilian police have confiscated the passports of three more Irish Olympic officials and are pursuing three others, including FAI chief executive John Delaney and Pat Hickey’s successor Willie O’Brien.

Meanwhile, a mother of one of Ireland's Olympians has expressed disappointment in light of allegations that members of the Olympic Council of Ireland are linked with ticket touting.

The CAO Offers were released today with the points needed for two-thirds of college courses unchanged or down on last year as more than 52,000 people receive offers for third-level study. Students and parents can get some expert tips on the CAO process, points queries and everything else to do with higher and further education.

For all the latest news on the CAO Offers, click HERE.

Stormont's Finance Minister has insisted he knew nothing of a party colleague's controversial contact with a witness to an inquiry into the North's largest ever property deal.

More than 3,000 people have lodged claims with the Commission for Aviation Regulation after the collapse of Low Cost Holidays.

There has been a huge reaction on both sides of the Irish Sea to an Irish woman and her friend’s decision to livetweet their weekend journey to the UK for an abortion.

WORLD

A three-year-old boy had both his legs and most of his fingers amputated after doctors in the UK wrongly diagnosed a life-threatening infection as common childhood condition tonsillitis.

At least 40 people have died and hundreds of thousands have been evacuated as floods hit vast swathes of central and eastern India.

Footage claiming to show Kurdish security forces remove a bomb belt from a teenager before defusing it has emerged online.

RIO OLYMPICS

LATEST: Golf returned to the Olympics for the first time in more than a century under a dark cloud caused by the withdrawal of more than 20 top male players. It left Rio a fortnight later with the gloom lifted and having done enough to secure its long-term future in the Games, according to nine-time major winner Gary Player.

ANALYSIS: The Olympic Games has come to a close and it’s been two weeks sprinkled with jaw-dropping moments, writes Derval O'Rourke.

SPORT

Tommy Carr’s RTÉ co-commentary on yesterday’s All-Ireland semi-final has come in for scathing criticism from a number of inter-county footballers, including Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey.

Tipperary manager Liam Kearns feels Mayo will have to improve if they’re to end their long All-Ireland famine.

BUSINESS

The Small Firms Association (SFA) has urged the Government to bring capital gains tax (CGT) back down to 20%.

A joint venture between Ireland and the US is likely to have committed close to €120m in capital to housebuilding projects here by the end of the year.

LIFESTYLE

Carolyn Moore says online shoppers save even more by changing currency, and tries it out on a must-have bomber jacket.

ANALYSIS

The opening of broader entry routes to third-level courses instead of expecting Leaving Certificate students to decide on specialisations appears to be having some moderate effects on the points race, writes Education Correspondent Niall Murray.

VIRAL

A six-month-old Staffordshire Bull-Terrier named Lexi had an incredible close call recently when she swallowed a steak knife.

If you need a reason to visit Longford, then look no further. Seamus O’Rourke has made this video to promote tourism in the often-overlooked county and while it’s unlikely to have been sanctioned by the actual tourism board, it’s something they can be proud of.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Star Citizen is set to be one of the biggest games of all time, with a huge crowdfunded budget and incredible scale- see it in action.

MOVIES/TV: Well you can't suggest that Voyage of Time: Life's Journey doesn't have big ideas. This documentary wants to show the birth of the universe, the arrival of man and what the future might hold, all in 90 minutes.

TECH: Twitter is trying to fight back against trolls and its latest update will help users limit what notifications they see.

SHOWBIZ

Singer Paloma Faith has announced that she is pregnant with her first child. The star, 35, said that she was “nervous and excited about being a mum” and she would be taking time off from her music and TV career.

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