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Founder of Brennan’s Bread bakery dies at age of 82

The founder of the Brennan’s Bread bakery, Joseph Brennan, who was affectionately known as “Old Mr Brennan”, has died. He was 82 years old. Originally from Rathfarnham in Dublin, Mr Brennan founded Joseph Brennan Bakeries 55 years ago in a single room in Fumbally Lane in Dublin. It later moved …

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Ukraine hails use of US weapons as Russia strikes Kharkiv

US President Joe Biden’s decision to allow Kyiv to use American-supplied weapons to strike in Russia will “significantly boost” Ukraine’s fightback, President Volodymyr Zelensky’s press secretary has said. Spokesman Sergiy Nykyforov said Ukraine had received “positive signals from diplomatic channels about the limited use of US-supplied weapons” in the region …

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Chinese shopping app Temu faces stricter EU safety rules

Chinese shopping app Temu will have to comply with stringent EU safety rules after Brussels added the company to its list of digital firms big enough to face curbs, an EU official has said. Temu joins AliExpress, Amazon, Shein and others known as “very large” platforms which face greater oversight …

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What you should know about Donald Trump’s conviction

Donald Trump’s conviction on 34 felony counts marks the end of the former president’s historic hush money trial but the fight over the case is far from over. Now comes the sentencing and the prospect of a prison sentence, a lengthy appeal process, and all the while, the presumptive Republican …

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US boy clinches Spelling Bee tiebreaker with ‘abseil’

Mastering words such as “cricetine” and “indumentum”, 12-year-old Bruhat Soma clinched victory in the United States’ spelling bee. The student from St Petersburg, Florida, beamed as colourful confetti rained down after he won the tiebreaker. “Bruhat Soma from Florida cemented his win by correctly spelling his final word, ‘abseil’,” organiser …

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South Africa heads for coalition as ANC set for big fall

South African political parties geared up for coalition talks as the governing African National Congress (ANC) looked set to fall well short of a majority in this week’s election, the first time this has happened in 30 years of democracy. With results in from 54.9% of polling stations, the party …

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‘No one above the law’

If anyone expected Joe Biden to be celebrating the fact that election rival Donald Trump is now a convicted felon, they were disappointed. Instead the Democrat’s campaign issued a sober warning that the only way to prevent Trump returning to the White House remained the ballot box. The challenge now …

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A daunting but achievable mission for Ireland

There’s a scene in the 1992 ice hockey flick The Mighty Ducks where Emilio Estevez’s character Coach Bombay empties a basket of pucks and tells his unpolished powerhouse Fulton Reed to “shoot your heart out”. And Fulton does – violently lashing puck after puck towards goal: one goes into the …

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At least 15 dead in eastern India as temperatures soar

At least 15 people have died of suspected heatstroke in India’s eastern states of Bihar and Odisha, authorities said, with the region gripped in a debilitating heatwave expected to continue until tomorrow. India has been experiencing a blisteringly hot summer and apart of capital Delhi recorded the country’s highest ever …

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