The top stories this Friday morning...
Years of concerns and controversy over Rio hosting the Olympic Games will be put to one side later.
The opening ceremony will take place at the world-famous Maracanã stadium.
Team Ireland's games have been shaken by allegations of doping after boxer Michael O'Reilly was suspended for failing a drugs test.
The reigning European Champion has been suspended pending a B-sample.
Post-mortem tests will take place today on the body of an American woman stabbed to death in central London on Wednesday night.
64-year-old Darlene Horton was visiting with her husband, who'd been teaching summer courses and bother were due to fly home yesterday.
One man is still in hospital in a serious but stable condition, and a 19-year-old remains in custody.
A man who was injured in last month's lorry attack in Nice has died.
French media say his wife and son were killed when the vehicle was rammed into crowds, while his daughter is still in hospital.
It brings the total number of dead to 85.
SIPTU will attend a meeting at the Workplace Relations Commission today in an attempt to avert a strike by ambulance workers next week.
Last month members of the National Ambulance Service voted in favour of strike action in a row over pay and conditions.
SIPTU representatives met with HSE management and officials from the Department of Health yesterday but the parties were unable to resolve the dispute.
Hundreds of thousands of Euro worth of funding has been withheld from the country's largest Autism charity.
Autism Action Ireland revealed earlier this week that it hadn't written a budget for this year.
Its CEO Brian Murnane also admitted that its helpline was chronically understaffed, while its outreach service was dealing with only two families.