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From TheJournal.ie The Explainer: What is this carbon tax you have to pay - and how does it work? Podcast
From TheJournal.ie Explainer: As Turkey attacks and Trump watches on, who are the Kurds and why are they in the middle? Syria This post contains videos

Explainer: As Turkey attacks and Trump watches on, who are the Kurds and why are they in the middle?

The US made the surprise decision to pull troops out of northern Syria, leaving Turkey to enter.

From TheJournal.ie Here's why a phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian president has led to impeachment proceedings Explainer

Here's why a phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian president has led to impeachment proceedings

An impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump has been launched by Democrats.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: How did Thomas Cook go under? Thomas Cook

Explainer: How did Thomas Cook go under?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said bailing out the company, which employed 22,000 people globally, would set up a “moral hazard”.

From TheJournal.ie 'Make Israel normal again': The stakes are high for Netanyahu in an unprecedented election Friends In Right Places

'Make Israel normal again': The stakes are high for Netanyahu in an unprecedented election

It’s the first time in Israeli history that two elections will be held in one year.

From TheJournal.ie A tropical subject ... Could typhoons affect the upcoming Rugby World Cup? Explainer

A tropical subject ... Could typhoons affect the upcoming Rugby World Cup?

The disruption caused in Tokyo on Monday by a typhoon has ignited questions about contingency planning.

From TheJournal.ie A Scottish court declared prorogation unlawful - so what happens next? Explainer

A Scottish court declared prorogation unlawful - so what happens next?

All eyes are now on an appeal to the UK Supreme Court.

From TheJournal.ie The Explainer: Who is Dominic Cummings? Podcast

The Explainer: Who is Dominic Cummings?

In this week’s episode of The Explainer,

From TheJournal.ie What's next for M&S after the British company fell out of the FTSE 100? Explainer

What's next for M&S after the British company fell out of the FTSE 100?

This is the first time M&S has not been a FTSE 100 member since 1984.

From TheJournal.ie Bill to delay Brexit will pass through House of Lords tomorrow. What then? GE19

Bill to delay Brexit will pass through House of Lords tomorrow. What then?

There are 56 days until the current Brexit deadline.

From TheJournal.ie What will happen to EU citizens living in the UK after 31 October? Brexit

What will happen to EU citizens living in the UK after 31 October?

Concerns have been raised about the impact a no-deal Brexit could have on the status of European citizens living in Britain.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: The British parliament is being prorogued - but could the queen have refused? Constitutional Crisis

Explainer: The British parliament is being prorogued - but could the queen have refused?

Rory Stewart said before that if parliament was prorogued, he would help organise an alternative parliament.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: Why a US court ruling could be a turning point in one of the country's worst-ever drug epidemics Johnson And Johnson

Explainer: Why a US court ruling could be a turning point in one of the country's worst-ever drug epidemics

A landmark ruling against Johnson & Johnson was made in Oklahoma yesterday.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: What happened to the personal injuries register and why has it been shelved? Insurance Reform

Explainer: What happened to the personal injuries register and why has it been shelved?

Legislation was brought in 15 years ago which provided for a personal injuries register but it never happened.

From TheJournal.ie Circle the date ... Here's why 9 September is set to be a red letter Brexit day in Westminster All Kicking Off

Circle the date ... Here's why 9 September is set to be a red letter Brexit day in Westminster

It’s all set to kick off again in the Commons from the start of next month – here are the key dates.

From TheJournal.ie How escalating tensions in Hong Kong have brought one of the world's busiest airports to a standstill Explainer

How escalating tensions in Hong Kong have brought one of the world's busiest airports to a standstill

Tensions have been simmering for months in Hong Kong, sparked by a proposed extradition bill with China.

From TheJournal.ie Battle of the Bogside: It's 50 years since the community riot that changed Ireland Free Derry

Battle of the Bogside: It's 50 years since the community riot that changed Ireland

In August 1969, the people of the city’s Bogside area erected barricades to prevent the RUC entering.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: The HPV vaccine is free for boys from next month - here's why that's important HPV Vaccine

Explainer: The HPV vaccine is free for boys from next month - here's why that's important

Over 500 cases of cancer associated with the HPV infection are diagnosed every year in Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: Why is there controversy over the new Central Bank governor? Gabriel Makhlouf

Explainer: Why is there controversy over the new Central Bank governor?

It all stems from a leak of New Zealand’s budget earlier this year.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: Why has Kashmir lost its special status and what now for the contested Indian region? Article 370

Explainer: Why has Kashmir lost its special status and what now for the contested Indian region?

Once a territory of the British empire, Jammu and Kashmir chose to join India over Pakistan in 1947.

From TheJournal.ie The Explainer: What is Fortnite and how can people make money from it? Podcast

The Explainer: What is Fortnite and how can people make money from it?

On this week’s episode, we delve into the world of Fortnite and esports.

From TheJournal.ie Cast-iron and vital, or an anti-democratic bureaucracy: what is the Irish backstop? Brexit Explained

Cast-iron and vital, or an anti-democratic bureaucracy: what is the Irish backstop?

Should it be for a limited period of time or not? Should it apply to the UK as a whole, or just Northern Ireland?

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: Why have beef farmers across the country been protesting in recent weeks? Farming

Explainer: Why have beef farmers across the country been protesting in recent weeks?

The Irish Farmers’ Association has said the Irish and European beef sectors are “in crisis”.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: Why are thousands of protesters calling for Puerto Rico's governor to resign? Storm Ricardo

Explainer: Why are thousands of protesters calling for Puerto Rico's governor to resign?

Messages from a leaked Telegram group revealed alleged homophobic and sexist messages from Governor Ricardo Rossello.

From TheJournal.ie 'Malice, incompetence, negligence': How false claims about historical sex abuse in UK sparked '£2 million probe' Historical Abuse

'Malice, incompetence, negligence': How false claims about historical sex abuse in UK sparked '£2 million probe'

Carl Beech was found guilty of perverting the course of justice yesterday over sex abuse claims against senior UK politicians.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: Why did Iran seize a British oil tanker and the 23 crew members on board? Crisis

Explainer: Why did Iran seize a British oil tanker and the 23 crew members on board?

In video footage released by an Iranian news agency, masked soldiers are seen travelling down a rope and into the tanker.

From TheJournal.ie The Explainer: Why was there such controversy over Lizzo’s ticket sales? The Explainer

The Explainer: Why was there such controversy over Lizzo’s ticket sales?

Why did Lizzo tickets sell out so fast – and what’s happening with ticket reselling legislation?

From TheJournal.ie What is Gatt 24, the 'loophole' cited by Boris Johnson against no-deal Brexit tariffs? Explainer

What is Gatt 24, the 'loophole' cited by Boris Johnson against no-deal Brexit tariffs?

Things have become a little clearer on what would happen if there’s a no-deal Brexit, after the director of the WTO weighed into the debate.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: The minister, the understaffed Naval Service and the 'young fellas caught up in the middle' On The Defensive

Explainer: The minister, the understaffed Naval Service and the 'young fellas caught up in the middle'

The dispute comes after a decision was made to take two vessels out of operation, leading to various claims and rows in the Dáil.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: Could Britain's next PM 'lock the doors of parliament' to force Brexit through? Extreme Ways

Explainer: Could Britain's next PM 'lock the doors of parliament' to force Brexit through?

It’s a question of ‘prorogation’, but what does that mean?

From TheJournal.ie 'The DUP didn't want this, but some will be relieved': What happens now in Northern Ireland? Explainer

'The DUP didn't want this, but some will be relieved': What happens now in Northern Ireland?

These votes have been a long-time coming – but make the return of power-sharing much less likely.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: Minimum unit pricing for alcohol is on the way, but how exactly does it work? Explainer

Explainer: Minimum unit pricing for alcohol is on the way, but how exactly does it work?

Cheaper drinks with a high alcohol content will see the biggest price change.

From TheJournal.ie What are the rules on dress codes and banners in the European Parliament? First Day Of School This post contains videos

What are the rules on dress codes and banners in the European Parliament?

Irish MEPs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace both wore ‘Free Assange’ t-shirts today, so is this allowed?

From TheJournal.ie Why are leaders deadlocked over the top EU jobs - and who's in the running? Who Do EU Want

Why are leaders deadlocked over the top EU jobs - and who's in the running?

European leaders showed frustration as they entered a third day of discussions on who should fill the EU’s top jobs.

From The42 Explainer: Here's how the 2019 TG4 All-Ireland senior championship is shaping up State Of Play This post contains a poll

Explainer: Here's how the 2019 TG4 All-Ireland senior championship is shaping up

The groups are all but finalised, and we’re almost ready for the road to Croker.

From TheJournal.ie Why a new trade deal between EU and South American countries has gone down badly in Ireland Explainer

Why a new trade deal between EU and South American countries has gone down badly in Ireland

The so-called Mercosur deal has been met with celebrations and opposition on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: The new rules on Airbnb hosting come into effect today - here's what you need to know Short-term Lets

Explainer: The new rules on Airbnb hosting come into effect today - here's what you need to know

These regulations mean a number of new rules – and potential penalties – for those affected by them.

From TheJournal.ie Why is a 50-year-old debate about bussing black children to school hurting Joe Biden's campaign? Bussing This post contains videos

Why is a 50-year-old debate about bussing black children to school hurting Joe Biden's campaign?

The question of bussing was raised during Thursday’s Democratic debate.

From TheJournal.ie One year after the scandal first emerged, why is debate raging again about Trump's child detention camps? Explainer

One year after the scandal first emerged, why is debate raging again about Trump's child detention camps?

The detention centres have been compared to prisons and concentration camps.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: How have the US and Iran come to the brink of war? Trouble In The Gulf This post contains videos

Explainer: How have the US and Iran come to the brink of war?

Tensions in the region have seen a US drone shot down and air strikes cancelled at the 11th hour.

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