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'Profound responsibility on our shoulders': Taoiseach pledges €25 million to climate damage fund
Leo Varadkar has told the World Climate Action Summit at COP28 that countries must “rise to the challenge” of the climate crisis.
No plans for Ireland to commit to further cuts in methane emissions at COP28 - Taoiseach
Eamon Ryan: 'If we crack energy, we can crack climate'
Gaza Government say 240 killed in latest bombardment by Israel
Israeli forces claimed they were hitting “terrorist targets” inside the Gaza Strip.
Appeals court rules lawsuits against Donald Trump over US Capitol riot can move forward
The former US President has said he cannot be sued over the riot that left dozens of police officers injured.
1st December 2023
'Crook' congressman George Santos expelled from US House of Representatives
Santos has become notorious for a series of bizarre fabrications, including claiming to be Jewish and having been a college volleyball star.
Ukrainian special forces reported to have ‘bombed two Russian trains' on Siberian railway
Ukrainian media has cited unidentified sources for the attack.
Brexit backer James Dyson loses libel claim against Daily Mirror publisher
The inventor appeared at the Royal Courts of Justice in last month.
Modern family homes close to Cork from €310k
A striking new collection of beautifully-designed A-rated homes in the picturesque town of Midleton.
New Zealand to ban phones in schools under new prime minister
Luxon’s conservative government, sworn in on Monday, has been mired in controversy during its first week in power.
US judge temporarily blocks ban on TikTok set to take effect next year over free speech concerns
TikTok has been accused by a wide swathe of US politicians of being under Beijing’s tutelage, something the company furiously denies.
Four police officers injured, 39 people arrested amid violent scenes before Aston Villa match
Police said fans of the Polish team Legia Warsaw were not allowed into the stadium after missiles were thrown at officers.
30th November 2023
Israel and Hamas agree to a day-long extension to ceasefire as eight more hostages are released
The extension was agreed minutes before the original agreement was due to expire.
Hamas has freed 102 hostages over the last week while Israel has freed 210 Palestinian prisoners.
Hamas claimed last night that Israel initially refused to extend the truce.
Mediators and negotiators struck the deal this morning, minutes before the ceasefire was due to end.
Two dead and eight injured after shooting in Jerusalem
Hamas hands over released hostages to Red Cross in Gaza
Millions pledged to new climate damage fund amid warning 2023 to break 'cacophony' of weather records
A long-awaited loss and damage fund has been officially signed off at COP28 in Dubai.
Three perfect itineraries for a Saturday in Dublin
With a little help from Transport for Ireland, you can spend an amazing Saturday exploring the beautiful sights of South Dublin.
Former British chancellor Alistair Darling dies aged 70
The long-serving MP died after spending time in hospital being treated for cancer.
Pogues frontman and songwriter Shane MacGowan has died aged 65
The influential musician, songwriter and singer was best known as the lead singer of the Pogues.
The singer died in the early hours of this morning surrounded by his wife and family
President Higgins said his songs "connected Irish people all over the globe to their culture"
'One of music’s greatest lyricists': Tributes paid to 'genius' Shane MacGowan
Indian man charged with plotting to assassinate Sikh separatist leader on US soil
Nikhil Gupta, who lives in India, was arrested by authorities in the Czech Republic under US extradition orders.
Henry Kissinger, influential and divisive US diplomat, dies aged 100
Kissinger was a Nobel Peace Prize winner but also leaves a legacy of conflict and coups in some parts of the world.
29th November 2023
Mediators working to extend truce as Israel army investigates Hamas report of baby hostage death
The current truce is scheduled to expire tonight after a six-day pause in the conflict.
A source close to Hamas has said it is willing to extend the truce for four days and release more Israeli hostages in exchange for Palestinian prisoners.
Israel today said it is investigating a report that a 10-month-old baby hostage, his four-year-old brother and their mother had all been killed in Gaza.
A Hamas source has said the Palestinian militant group is not satisfied with Israel's proposals for another extension.
Hamas hands over released hostages to Red Cross in Gaza
Ireland's Best Drives: Feast your eyes on this truly stunning Wicklow day trip
It’s just a stone’s throw from Dublin and we guarantee you won’t regret spending a day driving around Wicklow.
Five premature babies found dead in Gaza hospital, says region's health ministry
A health ministry spokesperson said Israeli soldiers blocked access to the ICU at the paediatric facility, and doctors were finally able to get into the ward last night.
Widow of a French serial killer on trial over her role in three murders admits to 'all facts'
Monique Olivier is charged with aiding and abetting the kidnapping and murder of the girls.
Eight-year-old boy and teenager shot dead in West Bank, say Palestinian health ministry
CCTV footage circulating online and on television news shows a boy being struck by a bullet and falling in the street, sending other children fleeing.
Aide reads speech for unwell Pope Francis
The Pope was due to attend COP24 but cancelled due to his illness.
EU member states reach preliminary agreement on reducing industrial emissions
The deal would “reduce harmful emissions from industry and improve public access to information,” the European Council said.
UK study finds that GP appointments over the phone or online can ‘put patients at risk’
Researchers said mistakes via remote consultation are rare, but there is a risk of patients being under-diagnosed.
Emily Hand could only whisper after being released by Hamas, her father says
Thomas Hand told CNN that when he asked his daughter how long she had been held for, she said “a year”.
Explainer: China, the world's largest greenhouse gas emitter
Questions and Answers about China’s emissions and climate plans.
Israeli President says Ireland needs to 'admit the truth' about conflict in Gaza
Isaac Herzog asked: “What did we do wrong?”
This week
26th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Ireland's Best Drives: Feast your eyes on this truly stunning Wicklow day trip
It’s just a stone’s throw from Dublin and we guarantee you won’t regret spending a day driving around Wicklow.
All 41 workers trapped in collapsed tunnel in India for 17 days have been rescued
They got trapped on 12 November and all 41 have been freed, according to an Indian minister.
Why has a diplomatic row erupted between Britain and Greece over the Parthenon Marbles?
Rishi Sunak unexpectedly cancelled a meeting with his Greek counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis after he called for the sculptures to be returned to Greece.
More hostages to be released as extended truce between Israel and Hamas enters fifth day
The news of the extension came as 11 more hostages were freed from Gaza overnight, along with the release of 33 Palestinian prisoners.
50 Israeli hostages have been released under the truce, in exchange for 150 Palestinian prisoners, with another 19 hostages freed under separate agreements.
While Israel views the truce as temporary, it is facing increasing pressure for a more lasting ceasefire and the ramp-up of humanitarian aid to Gaza.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit the Middle East this week, where he will stress the need to secure the release of all hostages.
Hamas releases 17 more hostages as 39 Palestinian prisoners freed
'Broken but in one piece': Father of freed hostage Emily Hand is reunited with his daughter
How have last week's riots in Dublin affected you? We want to hear your stories
We want to hear your reaction to the disturbing scenes on the streets of the capital last week, and how you have been affected.
Israel and Hamas agree two-day extension to Gaza truce as 11 more Israeli hostages freed
The pause that began Friday has seen dozens of hostages freed, including Irish-Israeli nine-year-old Emily Hand.
Israel had faced enormous pressure from the families of hostages, as well as allies, to extend the truce to secure more releases.
13 hostages were freed under the terms of the truce yesterday, with 11 more freed today.
Including the 11 hostages set to return home today, a total of 50 civilian hostages have been freed by Hamas during the initial truce.
Hamas releases 17 more hostages as 39 Palestinian prisoners freed
'Broken but in one piece': Father of freed hostage Emily Hand is reunited with his daughter
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Elon Musk visits Israel amid growing accusations of antisemitism on his social media platform X
Musk today met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he toured a kibbutz that was attacked by Hamas on 7 October.
Irish ambassador 'surprised' at Israel's criticism over Taoiseach's Emily Hand statement
Ireland’s Ambassador to Israel Sonya McGuinness was summoned by Foreign Minister Eli Cohen after he condemned Leo Varadkar’s use of the word “lost” in relation to Emily.
Pope Francis receiving antibiotics intravenously for lung problem, Vatican says
Francis will scale back his appointments, but does not have pneumonia or fever, officials said.
New Zealand to scrap world-leading anti-smoking laws, new Prime Minister announces
The anti-smoking legislation was designed to almost immediately reduce the number of people using tobacco products.
Paul Lynch: From film critic to Booker Prize-winning writer
His fifth novel, Prophet Song, about a tyrannical government won the 2023 prize last night.
Fact or fiction: Do you still believe these old wives’ tales about cold and flu?
Join us in busting some myths around cold and flu treatments.
Two teenagers to go on trial in UK today accused of murder of Brianna Ghey
A girl and a boy, both 16, deny Brianna’s murder in February this year.
'I think it's not going to be an easy COP' - world prepares for UN summit
A report by
Lauren Boland and Jane Moore
Here’s everything you need to know about the COP28 conference starting in Dubai this week.
Hamas releases 17 more hostages as 39 Palestinian prisoners freed
Today is day three of the planned 4-day ceasefire, which may be extended.
Former England manager Terry Venables dies, aged 80
“We are totally devastated by the loss of a wonderful husband and father who passed away peacefully yesterday after a long illness,” read a family statement.