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Five-time All-Ireland club winner takes the reins as Monaghan senior manager

Annmarie Burns has been central to Donaghmoyne’s remarkable success at club level.

From TheJournal.ie There are four Russian warships in the English Channel, but it's all grand War Games

There are four Russian warships in the English Channel, but it's all grand

They’re just on exercises according to the Russian military.

From TheJournal.ie No prosecution for Israel over flotilla raid despite 'reasonable belief of war crimes' Mavi Marmara

No prosecution for Israel over flotilla raid despite 'reasonable belief of war crimes'

Israeli commandos stormed the ship in 2010, killing ten people.

From TheJournal.ie ‘It’s not a new photo’: Sinn Féin on picture of Chris Andrews with Bashar al-Assad Syria

‘It’s not a new photo’: Sinn Féin on picture of Chris Andrews with Bashar al-Assad

The photo of the party’s newest member was taken when the former Fianna Fáil TD visited Syria in 2009 and has re-emerged online in recent days.

From TheJournal.ie Turkey accepts Israeli apology over fatal flotilla raid Apology

Turkey accepts Israeli apology over fatal flotilla raid

Benjamin Netanyahu has apologised to Turkey for a deadly 2010 flotilla raid and announced a full resumption of diplomatic ties as well as compensation for the families of those killed.

From TheJournal.ie Activists on intercepted Gaza-bound boat claim Israel used tasers Gaza

Activists on intercepted Gaza-bound boat claim Israel used tasers

The Israeli army has denied the claim, by lawyers representing passengers on a boat that included five international MPs.

From TheJournal.ie 79 Irish politicians sign statement supporting Gaza blockade ship Gaza

79 Irish politicians sign statement supporting Gaza blockade ship

The SV Estelle sailed several weeks ago from Sweden and is expected to arrive in the port of Gaza in early to mid October.

From TheJournal.ie Russian flotilla headed for Syria enters Mediterranean Syria

Russian flotilla headed for Syria enters Mediterranean

Russia has denied that the deployment of the warships is linked to the escalating conflict in Syria.

From TheJournal.ie In pictures: Thousands gather as Thames flotilla marks Queen's 60 years Diamond Jubilee This post contains images

In pictures: Thousands gather as Thames flotilla marks Queen's 60 years

In one of a series of events taking place this weekend and early next week, hundreds of boats gathered to sail down the River Thames as the rain fell on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Queen to be honoured with 1,000-boat flotilla for jubilee Shindig This post contains a poll

Queen to be honoured with 1,000-boat flotilla for jubilee

Queen Elizabeth II marks the 60th anniversary of her coronation this year and our neighbours are not keeping the celebrations low-key.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Saturday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Nine things to know this morning…

From TheJournal.ie In pictures: O'Connell Street protests against Israeli naval blockade Irish Ship To Gaza This post contains images

In pictures: O'Connell Street protests against Israeli naval blockade

Pro-Palestinian activists have gathered on Dublin’s main thoroughfare to protest against Israel’s interception of an Irish boat trying to break the naval blockade on Gaza.

From TheJournal.ie Israeli forces board flotilla as protesters ask Irish government to intervene Middle East

Israeli forces board flotilla as protesters ask Irish government to intervene

The MV Saoirse was one of two ships trying to break the Israeli blockade on Gaza.

From TheJournal.ie Irish ship joins flotilla to challenge Israel blockade Flotilla

Irish ship joins flotilla to challenge Israel blockade

The two-boat flotilla bound for Gaza has reached Mediterranean waters but Israel’s navy says it is prepared to stop it.

From TheJournal.ie US alarmed at Israeli-Turkish breakdown in ties Turkey-Israel

US alarmed at Israeli-Turkish breakdown in ties

The United States is desperately trying to repair ties between former allies Turkey and Israel – as relations between the two countries plummet over the issue of the ill-fated Gaza flotilla.

From TheJournal.ie Rift deepens between Turkey and Israel - diplomats told to leave Turkey

Rift deepens between Turkey and Israel - diplomats told to leave

Turkey vowed today to work for the recognition of a Palestinian state at the United Nations – and has notified high-level Israeli diplomats they have two days to leave the country.

From TheJournal.ie Turkey launches international legal challenge to Gaza blockade Gaza This post contains videos

Turkey launches international legal challenge to Gaza blockade

Turkey will bring a complaint to the International Court of Justice, after expelling Israel’s ambassador and cutting military ties.

From TheJournal.ie UN: Israeli blockade of Gaza legal but troops' use of force excessive Palmer Report

UN: Israeli blockade of Gaza legal but troops' use of force excessive

A UN report on last year’s deadly Gaza flotilla raid has concluded that the blockade is legal but that the actions of the IDF were “excessive”. Turkey has reacted angrily – threatening to take the matter to the International Court of Justice.

From TheJournal.ie No apology on flotilla deaths coming – Israel Apology

No apology on flotilla deaths coming – Israel

Israel has once more said it will not be offering an apology to Turkey for the deaths of nine of its citizens on a Gaza-bound aid ship last year.

From TheJournal.ie Irish woman held in Israel over 'flytilla' protest Flytilla

Irish woman held in Israel over 'flytilla' protest

Dee Murphy was “handcuffed and shackled” on arrival at Tel Aviv airport, according to reports.

From TheJournal.ie The Daily Fix: Tuesday Daily Fix This post contains videos

The Daily Fix: Tuesday

In today’s Fix: DSK maid to sue over ‘prostitute’ claims; women advised to “floss for fertility”; and one quick way to rescue a kitten from a pipe.

From TheJournal.ie French boat leaves Greece for Gaza as flotilla activists detained Gaza

French boat leaves Greece for Gaza as flotilla activists detained

Pro-Palestinian group says vessel left Greece early yesterday Morning and has reached international waters.

From TheJournal.ie All 35 passengers on stormed Canadian Gaza boat claim to be its captain I'm Spartacus!

All 35 passengers on stormed Canadian Gaza boat claim to be its captain

Strength in numbers: if everyone on a boat claims to be its captain, when which one do you arrest?

From TheJournal.ie The Daily Fix: Friday Daily Fix This post contains videos

The Daily Fix: Friday

In today’s fix: Strauss-Kahn freed from house arrest, the woman who forgot to bury her mother, Wikileaks’ ‘priceless’ ad, and some very entertaining tennis (no, not Murray and Nadal)…

From TheJournal.ie Gaza flotilla banned from leaving Greek ports Flotilla 2

Gaza flotilla banned from leaving Greek ports

Greece’s Civil Protection Ministry has ordered the coast guard to “take all appropriate measures” to implement the ban.

From TheJournal.ie Israel spokesperson says flotilla activists "think they live in a Bond movie" Gaza This post contains videos

Israel spokesperson says flotilla activists "think they live in a Bond movie"

Israel has asked for evidence linking its agents to sabotage of the Irish boat the MV Saoirse. Meanwhile the Tánaiste says the government would take a very serious view if it was sabotage.

From TheJournal.ie Irish to board another boat on Gaza 'freedom flotilla' Flotilla

Irish to board another boat on Gaza 'freedom flotilla'

Former rugby player Trevor Hogan says he and five others from damaged MV Saoirse will join Italian ship on mission.

From TheJournal.ie Irish 'freedom flotilla' ship damaged in port MV Saoirse

Irish 'freedom flotilla' ship damaged in port

Supporters of MV Saoirse mission to Gaza claims damage to boat was “sabotage” and could have put people’s lives at risk.

From TheJournal.ie Israeli PM reverses government's media warning over flotilla Flotilla

Israeli PM reverses government's media warning over flotilla

The Israeli government press office said on Sunday that foreign journalists reporting from the Gaza-bound flotilla could be banned from Israel for up to ten years.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Tuesday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Nine things to know this morning…

From TheJournal.ie Israel threatens to punish journalists covering Gaza flotilla MV Saoirse

Israel threatens to punish journalists covering Gaza flotilla

Reports from the flotilla could see journalists banned from Israel for ten years, according to Israeli officials. Meanwhile, Palestine pledges to push for UN recognition of independence.

From TheJournal.ie The Daily Fix: Saturday The Daily Fix This post contains images

The Daily Fix: Saturday

In today’s fix: Dublin’s Pride Parade, Smurfs on show and what you think about U2′s tax affairs (the answer? Not much)…

From TheJournal.ie Boat of activists leaves Cyprus for Gaza Flotilla

Boat of activists leaves Cyprus for Gaza

Nine activists attempt to deliver toys and medicine to Gaza, saying they will not resist any Israeli attempts to board the boat.

THE SAINT MARIAM will set sail from the Lebanese port of Tripoli to Gaza this weekend, carrying with it humanitarian aid – and an all-female crew.

At least one of the women due to be on board is known to be pregnant.

The women have said that their intention is to relieve the suffering of the people of Gaza, not to provoke the Israeli authorities. One woman told the Guardian: “We will not even bring cooking knives”.

The Mariam was due to set off a number of weeks ago – along with another ship, the Naji Alali – but diplomatic pressure from Israel has been applied to the Lebanese government to stop the mission.

Israel is concerned that ships entering the Palestinian port of Gaza will bring material that can be used as weapons, and so has blocked the port for several years. It demands that all aid being brought for Gaza be processed through Israel first, to prevent Hezbollah attacking the Jewish state.

Gabriela Shalev, Israel’s ambassador to the UN, has warned that Israel will use “necessary measures” – in line with international law – to stop the ship from reaching Gaza.

The co-ordinator of the voyage, Samar al-Haj, said the group had been flooded with volunteers to join the mission. At least 10 American citizens will be on board the Mariam.

One of the women on board, Serena Shim, is heavily pregnant. She told the Guardian that she had decided to be a part of the mission because she believed that blockade of Gaza is wrong. She said: “These people need aid.”

A similar move to bring aid to Gaza in May ended in tragedy. Nine Turkish citizens were killed when Israeli forces stormed their ship, the Mavi Marmara.

A LIBYAN AID ship originally bound for Gaza has been diverted to Egypt, Al Jazeera reports. The ship had been tracked overnight by the Israeli navy who planned to intercede if the ship attempted to make it to the shore. This ship was allegedly carrying 2,000 tonnes of aid materials intended for Gaza.

The “Amalthea” or “Al Amal”, funded by a charity headed by Col. Gaddafi’s son, was due to reach Gaza today. Israel warned the ship against attempting to break its blockade of Gaza. The Gaddafi Foundation had said this was a humane mission and those on board would not violently resist Israeli authorities’ efforts to stop their progress.

The cargo is expected to be unloaded at the Egyptian port of El Arish, where it can be transported via land to Gaza, although Egyptian officials said no firm arrangements have been made yet. Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh called today for more “freedom flotillas” and urged the Libyan ship to continue its course to Gaza.

THE ISRAELI DEFENCE Forces said today the Israeli navy has initiated contact with the Libyan aid ship bound for Gaza. The ship, backed by a charity headed by Col. Gaddafi’s son, is due to reach Gaza tomorrow. The IDF said that preparations to stop the boat have begun, in case it “persists in trying to enter maritime closure area.”