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Food shortages are hitting Britain hard, and things are set to get worse - but why are shelves still fully stocked in Northern Ireland? Naomi explains the ins and outs of Brexit’s effect on UK supply chains, and how traders and consumers are going to have to adapt to some new (and pricey) post-Brexit realities. We also look at how changes to data r…
 
French FM Jean Yves-Drian has continued to criticize the US and Australia for the AUKUS submarine deal, meant to go to Paris, insisting there may be major consequences to French-US relations and for the transatlantic alliance. “There has been lying, duplicity, a major breach of trust and contempt. This will not do,” Foreign Minister Le Drian told t…
 
An Irishman suffering from severe breathing difficulties due to Covid-19 was "rescued" by an anti-vaccination activist from a Letterkenny town hospital, before reportedly being readmitted after his situation became more severe. The 'rescue,' captured on film and originally published on Tuesday, showed a 'Common Law' activist, who goes by the name o…
 
Washington has insisted that Paris remains a “vital partner” after France recalled its ambassadors from the US and Australia, in protest over the AUKUS nuclear submarine deal that killed a French shipbuilding contract. “France is a vital partner and our oldest ally, and we place the highest value on our relationship,” State Department spokesperson …
 
The Syrian capital was thrown into darkness after an “attack” on a gas line feeding a major power plant, the country’s electricity minister told state media, noting repairs are underway and that the issues would soon be resolved. “There was a significant direct drop in gas pressure, which led to the failure at the Deir Ali power station... as a res…
 
The European Ombudsman has demanded that Commission President Ursula von der Leyen explain how she lost text messages that she exchanged with the CEO of Pfizer during talks about vaccine procurement. European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly, the EU’s top accountability and governance officer, launched an inquiry into the European Commission’s refusal to h…
 
Taipei has reported that 10 Chinese aircraft crossed into its air-defense zone, just one day after Taiwan pledged an extra $9 billion to beef up its military against Beijing. On Friday, Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense issued a statement confirming that 10 planes belonging to China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), including six J-16 and two J-11 fight…
 
South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma’s plea to overturn his 15-month prison sentence handed to him after failing to attend a corruption hearing has been rejected by the country’s top court. South Africa's Constitutional Court ruled in a majority on Friday and rejected Zuma’s request to annul his jail time, which the disgraced former leader ha…
 
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has insisted that he made it “very clear” to his French counterpart that scrapping the 2016 submarine deal was a possibility, rejecting Paris’ claims that Canberra had not forewarned them. Speaking to radio 5aa, Morrison affirmed that French President Emmanuel Macron was made well aware that Canberra was con…
 
Indonesia’s foreign ministry has said it is concerned about the sale of US and UK nuclear-powered submarines to Australia, claiming it is contributing to an arms race and increasing power projection in the Indo-Pacific. In a statement on Friday, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry said it was watching “with caution” a deal which sees the UK and US sell…
 
Australia will remain undeterred on its path towards obtaining nuclear-powered submarines with the help of the US, despite stern warnings from China, the country’s defense minister has said. “This is not the first time that we have seen different outbursts from China in terms of Australia’s positioning,” Defense Minister Peter Dutton said, adding t…
 
A third dose of Pfizer’s vaccine could cut the risk of Covid infection by more than 10 times in elderly patients, according to an Israeli study, which was peer-reviewed just ahead of a key FDA meeting on boosters for Americans. Published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday night, the newly peer-reviewed study found that infections a…
 
No longer content to just go after bots and trolls, Facebook has established a new category of “social harm” posted by genuine users, starting with purging pages and Instagram accounts of the German anti-lockdown group Querdenken. Facebook’s head of security policy Nathaniel Gleicher announced the action on Thursday, saying that his team has been w…
 
Australia’s new defense treaty with the US and UK will feature muscular defenses, courtesy of US deployment of military aircraft in addition to the agreed nuclear-powered submarines, officials said after a meeting in Washington. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken hailed the recently unveiled AUKUS treaty as a sign of “the country’s shared commitm…
 
Government ministers have been blowing hot and cold about vaccine passports. Now the Westminster government says it is not planning to introduce them to England, though they're being kept as an option should things change. The Welsh government is thinking about them, while Northern Ireland has rejected them for now. In Scotland vaccine passports ar…
 
The Italian government has approved a plan to make its Covid 'Green Pass' certificate mandatory for all workers. The plan, which would see those without the pass put on leave without pay, is set to be implemented next month. The plan, approved by the country's government on Thursday, is set to be put into motion on October 15. The Italian Senate ov…
 
The French armed forces minister has said her government is looking at a number of options to minimize financial losses from Australia's decision to end a lucrative submarine contract with France's Naval Group. Speaking on Thursday, Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly said that the French government will look to ensure that the financial loss to t…
 
The daughter of Rodrigo Duterte, who also tops all opinion polls on preferred candidates to replace him as president, has said she will seek to be reelected as mayor of Davao City, with her younger brother to run as vice-mayor. “According to Mayor Sara, she will run for reelection as Davao City Mayor,” Sara Duterte-Carpio’s spokesperson, Christina …
 
Despite the elbow bump becoming the greeting of choice for world leaders lately, Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton hasn’t mastered the move, trying and failing to greet his Korean counterpart in a cringeworthy video. Dutton traveled to Seoul earlier this week to talk military cooperation, joint infantry exercises, and naval and air force tra…
 
China’s mammoth inoculation campaign has seen more than one billion of its citizens – just over 70% of its population – fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to figures from Beijing’s National Health Commission. In a press conference on Thursday, senior health official Lei Zhenglong revealed that as of September 15, over one billion p…
 
Goodbye Muirhseen Durkin. Hello Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. The McDades, Jen Midkiff, The Irish Rovers, McKasson & McDonald, Celtic Rain, Alexander James Adams, Steel Clover, Catherine Koehler, Ciúnas, Achill Crossing, Battlelegs, The Flailing Shilaleighs, Hugh Morrison, Onde, Songs For Ceilidh I hope you enjoyed this week's show. If you did, ple…
 
France's foreign minister has spoken of his "anger" and "bitterness" and has criticized the US and Britain, after the allies agreed a deal to supply nuclear submarines to Australia, undoing Paris' $40-billion deal for French subs. "I am angry and bitter. This isn't done between allies," Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told franceinfo radio on T…
 
The British PM has hailed a pact between the UK, Australia and the US, which will see Canberra take delivery of nuclear-powered subs, stating the deal will help safeguard peace and security in the Indo-Pacific for years to come. Speaking to parliament on Thursday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the house that the UK and Australia are as …
 
A new plan by the US, UK, and Australia to provide Canberra with nuclear-powered submarines undermines regional stability and intensifies the arms race, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has said. US President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Australian PM Scott Morrison announced the AUKUS initiative during a joint virtual event lat…
 
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic 18 months ago, the schools of millions of children worldwide remain almost totally closed, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said, urging institutions to reopen. In an urgent warning released on Thursday, the organization said schools for almost 77 million students in six nations are stil…
 
The commander of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara was killed in a French military operation, President Emmanuel Macron said in a tweet. The jihadist cell was active in the Mali-Niger border region in the African Sahel. “Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, leader of the terrorist group Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, was neutralized by French forces…
 
Rapper Nicki Minaj says she ended up in “Twitter jail” after starting an internet argument about vaccination allegedly causing testicle swelling in Trinidad – a claim the local government has taken live on air to refute. The government in Port of Spain took the story of the swollen balls of Minaj’s “cousin’s friend in Trinidad” to a whole new level…
 
North Korea’s armed forces tested out a new “railway-borne missile system,” which traveled some 800km (497 miles) before hitting a target off the country’s east coast, state media reported. “The railway-borne missile system serves as an efficient counter-strike means capable of dealing a harsh multi-concurrent blow to the threat-posing forces,” sai…
 
The US, UK and Australia have announced a new military initiative, dedicated to a “free and open Indo-Pacific.” The first step of the alliance that appears to be aimed against China is to provide Canberra with nuclear submarines. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison joined US President Joe Biden in a vi…
 
Pope Francis has sidestepped a question on whether President Joe Biden and other Catholic politicians who support abortion rights should be denied Holy Communion, but he called for priests to show compassion to such leaders. Priests must use the “style of God” in ministering to elected officials, showing their flocks “closeness, compassion and tend…
 
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has granted its prosecutor’s request to open an investigation, within the jurisdiction of the court, into alleged crimes committed in the Philippines during the ‘war on drugs’. In a statement on Wednesday, the ICC’s pre-trial chamber granted its prosecutor permission to probe reported crimes in the Philippines…
 
President Biden is set to announce a three-way tech-sharing pact with the UK and Australia, including nuclear defense, sources close to the White House told Politico. The countries will meet to discuss ‘threats’ including China. Biden is expected to announce a new defense pact, reportedly called AUUKUS and involving the UK and Australia, according …
 
South Korea’s military successfully trialled a new submarine-launched ballistic missile in the presence of its president just hours after Pyongyang fired rockets into the sea off Japan. On Wednesday, South Korea confirmed that its military had tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) near its Agency for Defence Development (ADD) in Sout…
 
Pyongyang has fired two unidentified projectiles from its east coast into the Sea of Japan, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Japanese Coast Guard. The projectiles, alleged to be ballistic missiles, appear to have landed outside of Japan’s exclusive economic zone, according to the coast guard. Neither Japanese authorities, no…
 
Haiti’s top prosecutor was fired and replaced after calling for charges against the country’s prime minister for the murder of President Jovenel Moise, though a dismissal letter claimed it related to an “administrative error.” Chief public prosecutor Bed-Ford Claude was terminated on Tuesday, with a new replacement sworn in just hours after Claude …
 
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, whose advice guided much of the global response to the Covid pandemic, has seemingly washed its hands of one virus while warning the world isn’t prepared to deal with the next big pandemic. The foundation’s annual report, released on Tuesday, bemoaned the poverty increases wrought “by Covid-19” – omitting that…
 
Ireland’s Data Protection Commission has opened two investigations into TikTok, focusing on the platform’s handling of children’s personal data, and the transfer of information to China, where TikTok’s parent company is based. The inquiries were announced by the Data Protection Commission (DPC) on Tuesday, with the first to investigate whether TikT…
 
A Haitian prosecutor is seeking charges against PM Ariel Henry over an alleged link to the murder of late President Jovenel Moise. He has also asked for a restraining order to prevent the official from fleeing the country. The high-profile accusations were levied by Haiti's chief public prosecutor, Bed-Ford Claude, on Tuesday. In a letter to a judg…
 
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has said that people on the African continent are being “left behind” in the global Covid-19 inoculation campaign, after Africa’s health chief said only 3.5% were vaccinated. Speaking on Tuesday, WHO Secretary-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus once again highlighted the problems of vaccine inequality…
 
Police in Germany have arrested a German-Iranian citizen on suspicion that he exported €1.1 million of equipment to Iranian firms blacklisted by the EU for use in Tehran’s nuclear program. On Tuesday, Germany’s public prosecutor announced that the man, referred to only as Alexander J., was arrested in the Segeberg district of Schleswig-Holstein. Th…
 
Vienna will take no part in the resettlement of Afghan refugees evacuated from Kabul after the Taliban takeover, said Austria’s chancellor Sebastian Kurz, insisting that the country already has enough migrants from Afghanistan. The US and its allies have flown more than 123,000 civilians out of the Afghan capital Kabul after it fell into the hands …
 
The French president has said that the country is moving to modernize its police force, increasing the number of boots on the ground while looking at ways to monitor the conduct of law enforcement officers. Speaking on Tuesday at the National Police School in Roubaix, President Emmanuel Macron said he wanted to introduce a new law for internal secu…
 
The president of the Czech Republic has been hospitalized, although no information on his condition has been provided. He is known to have various health conditions, including diabetes, and was a heavy smoker and drinker. On Tuesday, Czech President Milos Zeman was admitted to the Central Military University Hospital in Prague shortly after 11am (9…
 
The Chinese authorities have said that Covid-19 infections in the southeastern province of Fujian have more than doubled in the previous 24 hours. Preliminary tests suggest the Delta variant is responsible for some of the cases. On Tuesday the Chinese National Health Commission said that 59 new locally transmitted cases had been identified on Monda…
 
Google’s parent firm has been made to cough up some $177 million by a South Korean antitrust regulator, which accused the company of abusing its dominant position in the market and hampering industry competition. The fine of $176.64 million (207 billion won) was imposed by South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) on Tuesday, having launched a pro…
 
Digital rights group CitizenLab has discovered a vulnerability that allowed Israeli spyware company NSO Group to implant its Pegasus malware onto virtually every iPhone, Mac, and Apple Watch device. CitizenLab revealed the vulnerability on Monday, a week after discovering it by analyzing the phone of a Saudi activist that had been infected with the…
 
A panel of Cuban scientists has declared that there is “no scientific evidence” for US claims that diplomats on the island fell ill due to sonic warfare attacks. The mysterious illnesses have been dubbed ‘Havana Syndrome’. When US Vice President Kamala Harris’ flight from Singapore to Hanoi was delayed last month due to the sickness of two American…
 
A Palestinian man stabbed and wounded two Israelis in a Jerusalem cosmetics shop, before being shot by border police, local law enforcement has said. The suspect and two victims are receiving hospital treatment. The incident unfolded on Monday at a store in Jerusalem, with Israel's Magen David Adom ambulance service saying that the victims, both me…
 
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