Michael Staines
Michael Staines

06.45 12 Jun 2019


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Protesters have blocked Government buildings in Hong Kong as they continue to fight a controversial new extradition law.

Police in riot gear were deployed after tens of thousands of people joined demonstrations against a law that could open the way for people to be extradited to China.

Human rights groups say the law could be used by Beijing to make critics and political opponents “disappear.”

The bill was due for its second reading today; however, the region’s governing Legislative Council has been postponed indefinitely due to the unrest.

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Over 60% of Irish news consumers are worried about fake news on the internet.

More than a quarter of news consumers said they had decided not to share a story in the past year because they doubted its accuracy.

Meanwhile, 22% said they had stopped using certain news sources because they were unsure about the accuracy of their reporting.

The Irish media got the highest rating in the Europe in terms of helping consumers understand the news of the day 11% ahead of the European average.

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Police in Northern Ireland have seized two assault rifles and one sub-machine gun in Derry.

The guns were seized after police investigating INLA criminality carried out seven searches under the UKs Terrorism Act.

A quantity of Class B drugs, around £13,000 in cash, illicit cigarettes and counterfeit clothing were also seized.

Two men aged 43 and 44-years-old were arrested and are currently in police custody.

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Campaigners are warning that the latest CervicalCheck revelations must not be allowed to undermine the programme.

Yesterday, a report from Dr Gabriel Scally revealed that tests were outsourced to 16 labs and not six as was originally thought.

Details of the extra labs involved were also not passed on to the HSE or the national cancer screening programme.

However, the review found no evidence that the labs were providing an inadequate service.

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Ireland's top construction companies increased their turnover by 25% last year.

The latest figures out today in the Construction Magazine said the increase is worth €8.39bn to the sector.

The figures highlight a major increase in the number of construction companies working on international projects.

€5.9bn of the new activity took place in Ireland – while almost €2.5 billion was generated from exported services.


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