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China to replace Australia’s popular giant pandas

China will loan Australia new giant pandas to replace a popular pair that failed to produce offspring in more than a decade together, visiting Chinese Premier Li Qiang announced. Adelaide Zoo has been home to Wang Wang and Fu Ni since 2009 when they were loaned by China as part …

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9 wounded in Michigan water park shooting

A shooter opened fire at a waterpark in the US state of Michigan wounding at least nine people including one child, police said. The local sheriff’s office said it potentially had the suspect contained near the scene of the shooting in Rochester Hills, a suburb of Detroit. “It appears like …

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President Higgins to host garden party marking Bloomsday

President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina will this afternoon host a Bloomsday garden party at Áras an Uachtaráin. It is an annual tradition that the President and his wife commence their series of summer garden parties with a special event that celebrates the work of Irish author James …

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World leaders in Switzerland for Ukraine peace summit

World leaders have gathered at a Swiss Alpine resort to seek broader consensus for Ukraine’s peace proposals at a summit shunned by China and dismissed as a waste of time by Russia, which pushed its own rival ceasefire plans. More than 90 countries will take part, with Taoiseach Simon Harris …

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Harris condemns forced displacement of Ukrainian children

Taoiseach Simon Harris has described Russia’s forced displacement of thousands of Ukrainian children as “morally repugnant”. Mr Harris was speaking at the start of a two-day summit at the Burgenstock in Switzerland, in a bid to start a peace process to end the war in Ukraine. More than 90 countries …

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Social Democrats leader Holly Cairns announces pregnancy

Social Democrats leader Holly Cairns has announced that she is expecting a baby girl. The Cork South-West TD shared the news on Instagram, saying she is “overjoyed to let you know that my partner Barry and I are expecting a baby”. “We are so happy and feel so lucky because …

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Very little scope to hold Budget early, says McGrath

There is very little scope to hold the Budget early given the amount of preparation involved, the Minister for Finance has said. Michael McGrath said he is planning for a Budget to take place as usual in October. The minister said there has been any discussions within Government around bringing …

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Taoiseach supports Adeleke after online abuse

Taoiseach Simon Harris has urged “class” Rhasidat Adeleke to not let “online cowards” affect her, after her coach detailed the abuse the three-time European medallist has received in recent months. Adeleke won mixed 4x400m relay gold, women’s 4x400m relay silver and individual 400m silver in a terrific week in Rome …

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