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€100m stolen through frauds and scams in Ireland in 2023

Almost €100m was stolen by fraudsters through frauds and scams last year, new data shows. That represents an increase of 16% on the previous year, according to FraudSMART which collated the information. 95% of total fraudulent transactions and 36% of gross fraud losses were accounted for by card fraud. Fraudulent …

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Papua New Guinea ‘rule out’ finding survivors in rubble

Papua New Guinea ruled out finding survivors under the rubble of a massive landslide, with the exact number of dead under almost two storeys of debris and mud still unknown but ranging from hundreds to thousands. Heavy equipment and aid have been slow to arrive because of the treacherous mountain …

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Australia says engaging with Ticketmaster over hacking

Australia’s government said its cyber security office was “engaging” with US group Ticketmaster after a hacking group claimed to have accessed the details of 560 million customers. “The National Office of Cyber Security is engaging with Ticketmaster to understand the incident,” a government spokesperson said in a statement. A well-known …

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14 Hong Kong democrats found guilty of subversion

A Hong Kong judge said 14 people were found guilty of subversion at the start of a verdict hearing for the city’s biggest case against the pro-democracy bloc since China imposed a national security law to crush dissent. Judge Andrew Chan named the 14 defendants found guilty of the charge. …

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US to boycott UN tribute to Iran leader killed in crash

The United States will boycott a United Nations tribute to Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, who was killed earlier this month in a helicopter crash, a US official said. The 193-member UN General Assembly traditionally meets to pay tribute to any world leader who was a sitting head of state at …

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Apprentices being ‘exploited as cheap labour’

Craft apprentices are being exploited as cheap labour by some employers, according to the Connect trade union. It will launch a campaign today, highlighting the pressures which it says are undermining the apprenticeship system. According to Connect, apprentices are being forced to work for below the minimum wage and face …

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North Korea fires multiple suspected short-range missiles

North Korea fired what appeared to be about 10 short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast, South Korea’s military said. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said North Korea had launched a ballistic missile that apparently landed outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone. The suspected missiles were fired from the Sunan area …

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Lower wellbeing in families from poorer housing

Families living in poorer quality housing have lower social and emotional wellbeing, according to research by the ESRI. Its latest published research which has been produced in partnership with the Housing Agency, shows that mothers living in inadequate housing and poorer quality neighbourhoods report more depression, find parenting more stressful, …

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Women need to work 8 years longer for same pension as men

Women in Ireland would need to work eight years longer to retire with the same pension pot as men, according to new research. The 2024 Gender Pension Gap Report from Irish Life highlights the pension inequality faced by working women and found a 36% gender pension gap. The research identified …

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