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Lull in Gaza fighting despite blasts in south

Israeli forces have struck Gaza with witnesses reporting blasts in the besieged territory’s south, but fighting has largely subsided on the second day of an army-declared “pause” to facilitate the flow of aid. The relative calm came as Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dissolved his war cabinet, reflecting the country’s …

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Central Bank lowers growth forecast for domestic economy

The Central Bank has reduced its forecasts for economic growth this year. In its latest Quarterly Bulletin, the bank predicts that Modified Domestic Demand will expand by 2.1% in 2024, down from its forecast in March of 2.2%. It has also cut its forecast for Gross Domestic Product to 1.8%, …

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Thailand set to legalise same-sex marriage

Thai politicians have met to vote on legalising same-sex marriage, putting the kingdom on the cusp of becoming the first Southeast Asian nation to recognise marriage equality. The senate upper house is expected to approve the legislation, after which it will go to King Maha Vajiralongkorn for royal assent and …

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People feeding Phoenix Park deer causing ‘health issues’

Deer in Phoenix Park have health and behavioural issues as a result of being fed by people, according to research from scientists in University College Dublin. The Office of Public Works are launching their ‘Don’t Feed the Deer’ campaign in Phoenix Park today. The issue has been raised again in …

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Ukrainians raise poor conditions at some refugee centres

Poor quality food, overcrowding, damp and mouldy conditions and concerns over the safety of children were all highlighted in a survey of Ukrainians living in State accommodation. Since the invasion by Russia more than two years ago, 50,000 Ukrainian beneficiaries of temporary protection have been put up in centres in …

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Thousands of Israelis turn out for anti-government rally

Thousands of Israelis protested against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government over the Gaza war and failure to negotiate the release of scores of hostages still held in the Palestinian territory. Protests against Mr Netanyahu’s handling of the war against Hamas militants have gathered pace, with tens of thousands taking to …

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S.Korea fire shots after N.Korean soldiers cross border

South Korea’s military fired warning shots after North Korean soldiers crossed the Military Demarcation Line near the border, according to the country’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). Some 20 to 30 soldiers breached the line by 20 metres inside the demilitarised zone and briefly moved back north after warning shots …

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Putin set to vow trade, security with North Korea

Vladimir Putin promised to build trade and security systems with North Korea that are not controlled by the West and pledged his unwavering support in a letter published by North Korean state media ahead of his planned visit to the country. In a letter published in North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun, …

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Thirteen killed as heavy rains hit Central America

Thirteen people have died in flooding and landslides in El Salvador and Guatemala as heavy rains pound Central America, authorities from the two countries said. In El Salvador, the hardest hit country so far, five people died in a landslide in the western district of Tacuba, the department of Ahuachapan, …

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Venezuelan opposition leader denounces activists arrests

Thirty-seven political and social activists have been detained in Venezuela in the runup to 28 July elections in which Nicolas Maduro will seek a third, consecutive presidential term, opposition leader Maria Corina Machado said. Ms Machado, who overwhelmingly won an opposition primary vote last year but has been excluded from …

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