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From TheJournal.ie Jussie Smollett's lawyers deny claims that he plotted an attack on himself, so what do we know so far? Explainer

Jussie Smollett's lawyers deny claims that he plotted an attack on himself, so what do we know so far?

Smollett was hospitalised last month and said he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack.

From TheJournal.ie The House of Commons has got a new group (not party), so what will it mean for Brexit votes? The Independent Group
From TheJournal.ie Why Trump declaring a border wall emergency may prove more of an obstacle for himself Border Wall

Why Trump declaring a border wall emergency may prove more of an obstacle for himself

The US president’s wall is far from a sure thing even now.

From TheJournal.ie What's going on with Jeff Bezos, a tabloid magazine, Donald Trump and alleged blackmail? Explainer

What's going on with Jeff Bezos, a tabloid magazine, Donald Trump and alleged blackmail?

A heated dispute is ongoing in the US involving some very high profile figures.

From TheJournal.ie The Real Veal: Here's how to tell if your meat is Irish or not Explainer

The Real Veal: Here's how to tell if your meat is Irish or not

For fresh meats, the rules are clear. For processed meats, not so much.

From TheJournal.ie Costs, changes and controversies: The decades-long saga behind the NCH Explainer

Costs, changes and controversies: The decades-long saga behind the NCH

The controversy over the costs of the project is just the latest in a series of problems to affect the project

From TheJournal.ie Leo and Theresa are heading back to Brussels - but is there any hope for talks or is it Groundhog Day (again)? Malthouse Of Cards

Leo and Theresa are heading back to Brussels - but is there any hope for talks or is it Groundhog Day (again)?

Can the so-called Malthouse Compromise provide a basis for a breakthrough, or is the latest effort over before it begins?

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: Has the US been paying attention to Brexit and does the White House care? Special Relationship This post contains videos

Explainer: Has the US been paying attention to Brexit and does the White House care?

Politicians have only recently started talking about it and Trump hasn’t addressed it much.

From TheJournal.ie It's been mentioned all week about Brexit, but what is 'perfidious Albion'? Explainer

It's been mentioned all week about Brexit, but what is 'perfidious Albion'?

It’s a phrase that has literally been around for centuries.

From TheJournal.ie What will a no-deal Brexit mean for Ireland? Brexplainer

What will a no-deal Brexit mean for Ireland?

This seems as a good time as any to talk about this.

From TheJournal.ie MPs don't want the Irish backstop. Europe won't budge. So now what? Explainer

MPs don't want the Irish backstop. Europe won't budge. So now what?

Another vote is promised by 13 February – if the Withdrawal Agreement isn’t approved then, it’s looking like a no-deal Brexit.

From TheJournal.ie MPs 'Take Back Control': What is the House of Commons voting on today? Carry On Voting

MPs 'Take Back Control': What is the House of Commons voting on today?

The UK government is running out of road, so here are the options that could salvage May’s deal.

From TheJournal.ie Two men are claiming to be president of Venezuela, so what exactly is going on? Explainer

Two men are claiming to be president of Venezuela, so what exactly is going on?

The current political crisis has been years in the making.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: Why are some school secretaries on less money than others? Support Our Secretaries

Explainer: Why are some school secretaries on less money than others?

A campaign has begun this year to try to increase school secretaries’ pay – but is it so varied in the first place?

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: Who's to blame for the US shutdown and is there an end in sight? Border Wall This post contains videos

Explainer: Who's to blame for the US shutdown and is there an end in sight?

It’s all about money, and a wall.

From TheJournal.ie Credit unions are to be given more freedom to compete with moneylenders, so what would this mean? Explainer

Credit unions are to be given more freedom to compete with moneylenders, so what would this mean?

It could mean they can offer small loans to people who otherwise mightn’t get credit.

From TheJournal.ie What we know about the Irish citizen captured in Syria allegedly fighting for Islamic State Syria

What we know about the Irish citizen captured in Syria allegedly fighting for Islamic State

A US-backed group yesterday said that it had captured an Irish citizen fighting for Islamic State in Syria.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: Why Brexit could be behind the upsurge in migrants aiming to cross the English Channel Immigration

Explainer: Why Brexit could be behind the upsurge in migrants aiming to cross the English Channel

Four in five people who attempted to cross the English Channel in dinghies in 2018 did so in the last three months. But why?

From TheJournal.ie Timeline: The history of abortion in Ireland Eighth Amendment

Timeline: The history of abortion in Ireland

Ireland voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment in May of this year.

From TheJournal.ie Last week, the US passed a bill to radically reform its criminal justice system - but what will it change? First Step Act

Last week, the US passed a bill to radically reform its criminal justice system - but what will it change?

The bill passed in the Senate last week after it received huge bipartisan support.

From The42 Several of Ireland's top athletes are being prevented from chasing their Olympic dream. Here's why Explainer

Several of Ireland's top athletes are being prevented from chasing their Olympic dream. Here's why

Political in-fighting has divided Irish karate for months now.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: What is a 'terf' and what's going on with the UK's debate on transgender rights? Identity

Explainer: What is a 'terf' and what's going on with the UK's debate on transgender rights?

Reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 is being considered by the government.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: How will the liquidation of Qudos impact Irish customers? Explainer

Explainer: How will the liquidation of Qudos impact Irish customers?

The short answer is, we don’t know yet. But here’s what might happen.

From TheJournal.ie Win or lose: Here's what could happen after Theresa May's vote of confidence COME WHAT MAY

Win or lose: Here's what could happen after Theresa May's vote of confidence

If May wins the vote, she could still be pushed to resign if a large enough number of MPs vote against her.

From TheJournal.ie We're in Brexit limbo - so what could possibly happen next? Come What Theresa May

We're in Brexit limbo - so what could possibly happen next?

Theresa May has turned to European leaders today to try to find something that will make the Brexit deal more palatable.

From TheJournal.ie Why is Theresa May facing accusations of contempt in the House of Commons? Explainer

Why is Theresa May facing accusations of contempt in the House of Commons?

The last time an MP was expelled from parliament for contempt was in 1947 – and that’s an interesting story in itself.

From TheJournal.ie Everything you need to know about the new US work visas for Irish people Going Stateside

Everything you need to know about the new US work visas for Irish people

It’s not a done deal yet, but advocates are cautiously optimistic about a big win.

From The42 Everything you need to know ahead of the Euro 2020 draw in Dublin Explainer

Everything you need to know ahead of the Euro 2020 draw in Dublin

The Convention Centre will stage the event on Sunday morning.

From TheJournal.ie How 'Norway plus' could be a Brexit solution, and why trading garlic is problematic Explainer

How 'Norway plus' could be a Brexit solution, and why trading garlic is problematic

They would get full access to the Single Market and avoid tariff barriers.

From TheJournal.ie Who is Asia Bibi and why has her case sparked furious protests? Blasphemy

Who is Asia Bibi and why has her case sparked furious protests?

There have been calls for the Pakistani woman to be offered asylum, including in Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: What's going on with Gibraltar and why is Spain threatening to derail the Brexit deal? Brexit Tensions

Explainer: What's going on with Gibraltar and why is Spain threatening to derail the Brexit deal?

Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory, located near the southernmost tip of Spain.

From TheJournal.ie Brexiteers worry that the EU's withdrawal agreement will turn the UK into a 'vassal state' - but what does that mean? Brexit

Brexiteers worry that the EU's withdrawal agreement will turn the UK into a 'vassal state' - but what does that mean?

The draft agreement has been denounced across Britain’s political spectrum since it was unveiled on Wednesday night

From TheJournal.ie The draft Brexit deal is 585 pages long. What's in it and what happens now? Explainer

The draft Brexit deal is 585 pages long. What's in it and what happens now?

The agreement has caused outcry from Brexiteers and Remainers alike.

From TheJournal.ie Theresa May's Cabinet: Who's gone, who's backing her - and what's likely to happen now Explainer

Theresa May's Cabinet: Who's gone, who's backing her - and what's likely to happen now

There have been five resignations so far today – including two members of her Cabinet.

From TheJournal.ie What has led to two Belfast journalists looking into the Loughinisland killings getting arrested? Explainer
From TheJournal.ie Explainer: The US president, the CNN journalist and the case of a doctored video Jim Acosta

Explainer: The US president, the CNN journalist and the case of a doctored video

Footage shared by Sarah Huckabee Sanders was used to justify the suspension of Jim Acosta’s press pass yesterday.

From TheJournal.ie Red vs Blue: Here's what you need to know ahead of the US midterms Land Of The Free This post contains videos

Red vs Blue: Here's what you need to know ahead of the US midterms

The elections come at a polarised time for US politics.

From TheJournal.ie It's all over bar the kissing - but how are the votes counted and when will it be official? Count Day

It's all over bar the kissing - but how are the votes counted and when will it be official?

Here’s your step-by step guide to count day.

From TheJournal.ie Here's your guide to voting in the presidential election and blasphemy referendum Vote Vote Vote

Here's your guide to voting in the presidential election and blasphemy referendum

What, when, where – and a bit of who and which, if you need help with that as well.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: What will the new Airbnb laws mean for homeowners and landlords? Airbnb

Explainer: What will the new Airbnb laws mean for homeowners and landlords?

The much-anticipated regulations will come into force in June 2019 in areas with high housing demand.

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