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Hollande urges Brexit talks 'as soon as possible'

Dublin - French President Francois Hollande on Thursday urged Britain to begin talks to leave the EU "as soon as possible" and ruled out granting access to the single market without allowing EU workers into Britain.

France, Ireland urge UK to start Brexit process 'as soon as possible'

Dublin - Britain should begin the process of leaving the European Union "as soon as possible", France and Ireland said after talks between President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Enda Kenny in Dublin.

Irish parliament rejects limited abortion bill

Dublin - The Irish parliament on Thursday rejected proposed legislation to allow abortion in Ireland in cases of fatal foetal abnormality.

Killer whale beaches itself for dinner, orders a tasty sea lion

A killer whale was seen by a handful of beach-goers in Argentina going to a rather great length for dinner. It is dangerous for whales to move up and onto a beach but this one managed to get up there, grab its prey and get back into the ocean.

Boxing vs. UFC? Mayweather vs. McGregor? Could it be in cards?

Super-earning superstar boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. is back in the news. Not only did he talk of fighting a boxer again, an opponent from the UFC cage wants to take on Money Mayweather. Providing, that is, it's an even split of the purse.

Pope Francis says gays, and others, deserve apology from church

While Pope Francis stopped short of actually issuing one, on Sunday he said he believes that gay people deserve an apology from the Roman Catholic Church. He was responding to a question posed while on a plane.

Petition demanding new Brexit referendum at 3 million, growing

A petition calling for a second Brexit referendum continues to circulate in the U.K. and has now topped 3 million signatures. It needs but 100,000 for it to be put upon the docket to be discussed in Parliament but will it mean much of anything?

On inviting all children, including those born with down syndrome

I am not a weeper. Never have been. It's not uncommon for us men to stifle tears and we could argue whether it's due to nature or nurture. But not here, not now. This is about 2 kids, each born with down syndrome, and how they blessed me with tears.

Irish leaders dismiss call for unity vote after Brexit

Dublin - The leaders of Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland dismissed a call Friday for a vote on unification after Britain's shock decision to leave the European Union.

German police kill gunman but hostages survive, motive unknown

A gunman is dead but no one inside the German movie complex in which he fired his weapon Thursday was killed. There are reports of two dozen or more injuries but those injuries are related to police-fired tear gas, officials said.

U.S. vice president begins official visit to Ireland

Dublin - United States Vice-President Joe Biden arrived in Dublin on Tuesday evening for a six-day official visit to Ireland that will include tours of the birthplaces of his ancestors and meetings with local leaders.

Op-Ed: Bob Arum compares Lomachenko to Manny Pacquiao - and Muhammad Ali

Bob Arum is getting close to his 85th birthday so perhaps we should excuse him if he embraces hyperbole a little more than even boxing promoters normally do. But comparing a rising fighter, relatively untested professionally, to Muhammad Ali?

The Times in U.K. supports decriminalizing illegal drugs

The U.K's Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) recently published a paper advocating the decriminalization of all illegal drugs in Britain and the society has an influential backer. The Times newspaper agrees and has published a piece saying as much.

Man who shot British MP Jo Cox a neo-Nazi, shouts 'Britain First'

The man who shot British MP Jo Cox at least three times before stabbing her shouted "Britain First" during his vicious assault. It is also being reported the alleged killer is a long-time member of an American neo-Nazi group.

Peat bog preserves 2,000-year-old 22-pound hunk of butter

Workers cutting turf in an Irish peat bog came across a 22-pound hunk of bog butter estimated to be 2,000 years old, says the Cavan County Museum.

Nude restaurant in London opens as naked dining takes (it) off

The food is mostly raw and likewise the patrons eat while in the raw at the Bunyadi, London's newest restaurant. You may think it's enough to put you off your appetite but there's a waiting list to dine nude - of over 46,000.

Ireland abortion laws cause 'inhuman' treatment: UN experts

Dublin - A woman in Ireland carrying a dying foetus was the victim of "inhuman" treatment caused by the country's strict abortion laws, United Nations experts said Thursday.

The Holy Bible rewritten in emojis is released online

If you go in for this sort of thing you can now read the Bible rewritten using emojis. Oh Lord, really? Yup, it's been done by a person who does not want to be named because of backlash from those who do not like the idea.

8 Russian 2012 London Olympics athletes test positive for doping

Russian participation in the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro is in danger after eight blood samples from its athletes from the 2012 London Olympics have retested positive. Russian made the announcement on their Olympic website Saturday.

Illegal entry: Trespassers caught on camera having sex in hot tub

A security camera at a home in Kelowna caught some rare footage for the owners. After all, it's not often you see two perfect strangers sneak into your backyard, climb into your hot tub and have sex.
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