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Israeli army plans evacuation as PM vows push into Rafah

Israel’s military proposed a plan for “evacuating” civilians from Gaza, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said a ground invasion of the Palestinian territory’s southern city Rafah was necessary for “total victory”. Foreign governments and aid organisations have repeatedly expressed fears that such an operation will inflict mass civilian casualties in …

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Summer fares higher due to lack of planes

Holidaymakers will face higher air fares this summer because of capacity constraints, the boss of Ryanair has warned. Chief executive Michael O’Leary said issues limiting the number of available aircraft mean European airlines will struggle to meet demand for travel during the peak season. He predicted that Ryanair’s ticket prices …

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Pilot scheme to teach prisoners retrofitting skills

A pilot programme to train prisoners to retrofit homes gets under way today. Prisoners close to release will be able to undergo the training in the Midlands Prison and Wheatfield Prison in west Dublin. Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris said he believes the scheme will help reduce …

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Four people killed in avalanche in central France

Four people were killed today in an avalanche in the mountainous Auvergne region of central France, local authorities said. The avalanche took place at 1,600 metres of altitude above the village of Mont-Dore in an area known as the Val d’Enfer, the prefecture of the Puy-de-Dôme department said in a …

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Polish farmers block key road into Germany amid protests

Polish farmers have blocked a major highway into Germany in the latest such protest against European Union regulations and taxes. Farmers across Europe have been protesting for weeks over what they said are excessively restrictive environmental rules, competition from cheap imports from outside the EU and low incomes. Farmers from …

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Kneecap asked not to wear pro-Palestinian badges

RTÉ has released a statement to confirm that Belfast rap trio Kneecap were asked not to wear pro-Palestinian badges during their appearance on Friday night’s Late Late Show, but they broke their agreement with producers of the show and wore them regardless. RTÉ’s Journalism and Content Guidelines prohibit the wearing …

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Man in his 20s dies in Co Cork road crash

A man in his 20s has died in a road collision in Co Cork in the early hours of this morning. The crash occurred in Rathanker, near Passage West, at around 2.30am. The man who died was the driver of the car and no other vehicles were involved. Two passengers …

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