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Stopping a few from dying in flight to Europe is not enough
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:30:00 +0100
From independent.ie
Every day an Irish naval vessel named LA Eithne ploughs the waters off Libya in search of migrants crammed onto rickety boats as they make a desperate bid to get to Europe. Since the LA Eithne departed from Cork harbour in mid-May, it has rescued almost 3,000 people from an almost certain watery grave.

Riders stuck on 400ft Ferris wheel at theme park
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2015 06:43:58 +0100
From independent.ie
More than 66 people on a 400ft Ferris wheel have been rescued after it stopped moving for more than 45 minutes.

Isil attack on Kobane is 'second biggest massacre' of civilians by the group in Syria
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:30:00 +0100
From independent.ie
When Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) returned to the Syrian town of Kobane last week, they showed no mercy, spraying whole families with bullets and carrying out executions inside residents' homes.

WikiLeaks founder fails in bid for French asylum
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:30:00 +0100
From independent.ie
France has rejected Julian Assange's request for asylum, saying the Wikileaks founder who has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for three years did not face "immediate danger".

Greece 'is at risk of serious violence due to Syriza lies', says leading opposition politician
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:30:00 +0100
From independent.ie
One of Greece's leading opposition politicians has warned the country is at peril of serious violence if an agreement is not reached.

Riders stuck on 400ft Ferris wheel
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2015 06:06:04 +0100
From independent.ie
More than 66 people on a 400ft Ferris wheel have been rescued after it stopped moving for more than 45 minutes.

Greeks face tough referendum choice
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2015 03:51:02 +0100
From independent.ie
Greek voters are in turmoil on the eve of a closely-watched bailout referendum over whether to defy creditors and push for better repayment terms or essentially seek new political leadership to find a compromise.

Top Mormon leader Boyd Packer dies
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2015 01:56:05 +0100
From independent.ie
Mormon leader Boyd Packer, president of the faith's highest governing body, has died at 90.

'Vietnam landmark visit' for Obama
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2015 01:56:04 +0100
From independent.ie
The powerful head of Vietnam's Communist Party will travel to the United States for the first time next week - and said he expected Barack Obama to visit his country later this year.

Tsipras makes last-ditch appeal to Greeks for a No vote
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:30:00 +0100
From independent.ie
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has urged Greeks in another televised address to reject the tough terms of an aid deal offered by international creditors to keep the country afloat.

It's Europe that has suffered a reputational catastrophe in Greece
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:30:00 +0100
From independent.ie
Oxi Day has totemic significance in Greece. It commemorates the defiant Greek 'No' to Mussolini's ultimatum in 1940, and the heroic acceptance of war against a bigger military machine.

Greece running out of food as vote looms
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:30:00 +0100
From independent.ie
Locals and holidaymakers alike in Greece will be unable to buy food or medicine within days if a deal is not reached to reopen the banks, business leaders have warned.

Tunisia failed to protect its tourists - but if tourism loses, the terrorists have won
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:30:00 +0100
From independent.ie
A week after the horrendous terror attack in Tunisia, serious questions remain about the atrocity itself but also about how we should deal with visiting such locations.

Athens brought to a standstill by Yes and No rallies
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:30:00 +0100
From independent.ie
Tens of thousands of Greeks brought Athens to a standstill last night as they poured through the city to separate rallies which have divided the nation. Massive crowds attended both the Yes and No rallies which were held just blocks apart.

Moving Hong Kong to Derry? Diplomats only sharing a joke
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:30:00 +0100
From independent.ie
A former British diplomat revealed last night that a bizarre plan to relocate the entire population of Hong Kong to Northern Ireland was a joke between government officials.

Lion cubs stuck at Gaza crossing as border closes
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:30:00 +0100
From independent.ie
A pair of lion cubs en route to a wildlife sanctuary in Jordan got stuck at a Gaza-Israel border crossing yesterday, after being kept as pets for almost a year by a family in the crowded coastal strip.

Ireland paints the town red, white and blue in salute to our American cousins
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:30:00 +0100
From independent.ie
Fireworks, BBQs and rock and roll will take place across the country this weekend as the nation gears up to salute our American cousins.

The unseen side of Francis, the People's Pope
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:30:00 +0100
From independent.ie
Many of the 115 cardinals who elected as Pope the 76-year-old Jorge Mario Bergoglio after a two-day conclave on March 13, 2013 had little idea what they were letting themselves in for.

Worldas media have moved on but Ebola still wreaking havoc
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:30:00 +0100
From independent.ie
There is an old media maxim that says: aNews only happens where journalists are.a In other words, if no-one is on hand to report on a crisis, as far as the rest of the world is concerned, it might as well not be happening. For a while now, this has been true of the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

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