Ireland will start easing lockdown from Monday: PM | AFP

Ireland will begin to lift its coronavirus lockdown in the coming days, says Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, starting a staggered easing of restrictions set to stretch until August. SOUNDBITE

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Today in History for April 24th

Highlights of this day in history: An aborted mission to free American hostages in Iran ends in disaster; Ireland’s ‘Easter Rising’ begins; Armenians face mass deportation during World War I; Singer Barbra Streisand born. (April 24)

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Spirit of invention: Gin distillery makes hand gel to aid COVID-19 fight | AFP

Workers at the Listoke Distillery and Gin School in rural Ireland have halted production of gin to make hand sanitiser to aid the fight against the coronavirus. The product is being sold at cost price in a bid to stem the spread of COVID-19, as hand sanitiser is sold out in shops.

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‘Glad to be home’: US citizens return as travel restrictions kick in | AFP

US citizens arrive from London at Dulles International Airport near Washington as the Trump administration starts implementing travel restrictions on Britain and Ireland in an attempt to slow the coronavirus pandemic.

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US extends travel ban to UK, Ireland starting Tuesday: Pence | AFP

Vice President Mike Pence announces during a press briefing at the White House that a travel ban imposed on European nations over the coronavirus pandemic will be extended to the United Kingdom and Ireland starting at 0400 GMT Tuesday. SOUNDBITE

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Trump says travel ban to be extended to UK, Ireland | AFP

US President Donald Trump says the travel ban will be extended to the United Kingdom and Ireland, during a press briefing at the White House on the coronavirus. The president’s 30-day ban on travellers from Europe comes into effect today. SOUNDBITE

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Coronavirus: Leaders announce measures for containment | AFP

Leaders from Finland, Ireland, Scotland and Spain announce the measures that are being taken by their countries to curtail the spread of the new coronavirus.

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Croatian city hosts colourful parade | AFP

Thousands take part in a parade in Croatia’s port city of Rijeka. Rijeka is the first Croatian city to be named European Capital of Culture, this year it is sharing the title with Ireland’s Galway.

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Storm surge | AFP Animé

Videographic on the phenomenon of storm surge. Hundreds of flights and train services were cancelled across northwest Europe on Monday as Storm Ciara swept in packing powerful winds after lashing Britain and Ireland, where tens of thousands of homes were left without power.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Storm Ciara hits the Yorkshire Dales bringing severe flooding | AFP

Britain and Ireland were lashed by howling winds and inundated with driving rain Sunday as Storm Ciara left homes without power, wiped out sports events and disrupted travel around northwestern Europe.

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Vote counting begins in Ireland general election | AFP

Votes are counted in Dublin for the Ireland general elections. Prime minister Leo Varadkar’s party is expected to end up in a historic three-way tie, after a surge from republican party Sinn Fein. IMAGES

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Ireland starts vote to form next government | AFP

Ireland begins voting in a general election on Saturday, with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar hoping to secure a new term on the back of Brexit. Around 3.3 million people are eligible to vote and elect 159 members of the Dail, the lower chamber of parliament in Dublin. IMAGES

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The border between N. Ireland and Ireland | AFP Animé

Videographic locating the Irish border. Ireland goes to the polls on Saturday, with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar touting his successful handling of Brexit, but facing pressure over housing and healthcare.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Australia is on fire — how bad is it? | AFP

The catastrophic Australian bushfires that started in September 2019, have killed at least 26 people, destroyed more than 2,000 homes and scorched some eight million hectares (80,000 square kilometres) — an area the size of Ireland. University of Sydney scientists estimate one billion mammals, birds and reptiles have been killed in the fires.The severe conditions have been fuelled by a prolonged drought and worsened by climate change, with experts warning that such massive blazes were becoming more frequent and intense. Australia experienced its driest and hottest year on record in 2019, with its highest average maximum temperature of 41.9 degrees Celsius recorded in mid-December.

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The border between N. Ireland and Ireland | AFP Animé

Videographic locating the Irish border. Britons go to the polls in a Brexit-dominated election on Thursday.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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‘Just a very class act’: Fans react after All Blacks rout Ireland | AFP

Fans react after the New Zealand All Blacks thrash Ireland 46-14 in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals in Tokyo. “The All Blacks were just a very class act,” says All Blacks fan Scot Tasker.

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Brexit ignites fears in Northern Ireland

Brexit may cause a smoldering conflict to flare up especially if there are renewed customs and passport controls along the now-invisible border between EU member Ireland and the U.K.’s Northern Ireland after Britain leaves the European Union. (Oct. 16)

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Rugby World Cup: Will Japan-Scotland match go ahead? | AFP

England and France are already qualified from Pool C, with England top of the group, but Pool A hangs in the balance ahead of Japan’s final game against Scotland in Yokohama on Sunday.If that game were to be abandoned it would be a disaster for the Scots, who would be eliminated, while Japan would go through to the quarter-finals as shock winners of Pool A with Ireland runners-up.

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