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#The Sun

From The42 Sun forced into embarrassing climbdown over United star sex story Not So Clever(ley)

Sun forced into embarrassing climbdown over United star sex story

The tabloid’s publishers have agreed to pay Tom Cleverley “a substantial sum” in libel damages.

Wrong-footed newspaper sites accidentally publish ‘Knox is guilty’ stories

Fooled by an early declaration of guilt on a slander charge, the Daily Mail and Sun post stories declaring Knox to have lost her appeal.

From TheJournal.ie News International to shed 110 jobs over next year News International

News International to shed 110 jobs over next year

Rupert Murdoch’s UK newspaper publisher will drop the workers between now and July – but won’t say if Irish staff are to go.

From The42 Sky Sports News presenter arrested for drink driving Caught Out This post contains images

Sky Sports News presenter arrested for drink driving

Georgie Thompson was arrested after she was found to be over the legal limit while driving her Porsche sports car.

From TheJournal.ie Daily Mail and the Sun fined £15,000 each for contempt of court Contempt

Daily Mail and the Sun fined £15,000 each for contempt of court

The publications’ websites carried a photograph of a defendant in a murder trial that showed him holding a firearm.

From TheJournal.ie The Sun website hacked by LulzSec Return Of The Lulz

The Sun website hacked by LulzSec

The hacking group returned after saying it was disbanding last month.

From TheJournal.ie Rupert Murdoch signs public apology public over phone-hacking NOTW

Rupert Murdoch signs public apology public over phone-hacking

A full-page advert in all of today’s British papers says sorry for the “serious wrongdoing that occurred” at NotW.

From TheJournal.ie Rebekah Brooks resigns from News International Rebekah Brooks

Rebekah Brooks resigns from News International

Former News of the World editor says she is sorry and feels “a deep sense of responsibility for the people we have hurt”.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Friday 9 At 9 This post contains videos

The 9 at 9: Friday

Nine things to know this morning…

From TheJournal.ie MPs to quiz cops on failure to investigate phone-hacking NOTW

MPs to quiz cops on failure to investigate phone-hacking

The assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police will be grilled on why he chose not to reopen inquiries in 2009.

From TheJournal.ie Take Five: Monday Take Five

Take Five: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

From TheJournal.ie Louis Walsh accuser appears in court Court

Louis Walsh accuser appears in court

Leonard Watters has appeared at Dublin District Court today charged with falsely accusing the Westlife manager of indecent assault.

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

The Daily Fix: Tuesday

Riots in Greece, RTÉ responds to the Healy-Rae phone call controversy, amazing pics of a WWII plane dug out of a bog in Donegal….and a baby koala.

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)…

Don't mention the war: Tabloids in stereotype sparring match Only Joking This post contains videos

Don't mention the war: Tabloids in stereotype sparring match

Turns out half of all Britons have a German gene. Cue tabloid frenzy…

From TheJournal.ie Former editor of The Sun and Ryan Giggs join the phone hacking scandal Phone Hacking

Former editor of The Sun and Ryan Giggs join the phone hacking scandal

Giggs is suing NOTW while Rebekah Brooks’ phone was allegedly accessed more than 20 times between 2005 and 2006, after she was arrested for assault on her husband. She’s one of Rupert Murdoch’s execs.

From TheJournal.ie The Daily Fix: Sunday Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Sunday

Our collection of the day’s news, developments and random tidbits. Today including: an awesome time-lapse video.

Mystery actor wins gagging order over prostitute claims

A mystery leading man is desperate to keep his name out of the papers, after allegations that he had an affair with ‘Rooney prostitute’.

From TheJournal.ie Take 5: Friday Take 5

Take 5: Friday

Five things you need to know: the scramble to leave Libya, a war-time era shell in Wexford, and who’s getting to crush Seán Fitzpatrick’s BMW.

From TheJournal.ie The Sun's transgender quiz criticised as "offensive" and unacceptable The Sun

The Sun's transgender quiz criticised as "offensive" and unacceptable

Transgender rights campaigners criticise online quiz that invites readers to vote on whether pics are of “ladies or laddies”.

A DONKEY FORCED to paraglide at a Russian holiday resort as part of a marketing stunt has been bought by the Sun newspaper.

Anapka, a female donkey, was dragged into the air over the Azov Sea in the south of the country for about half an hour.

After hearing of the incident, readers of the Sun wrote in and urged the paper to rescue the donkey. Garry O’Shea, a correspondent with the paper, said that thousands of people contacted them to secure the 17-year-old donkey’s safety.

Spurs coach Harry Redknapp has offered to stable the donkey at an animal sanctuary he’s opening in England.

Redknapp told the Sun that he was “sickened by the actions of the scumbag who treated Anapka so badly,” and that he believes animals deserve the same protections as humans.

PEOPLE IN IRELAND may enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime view of the sky tonight.

Recent solar activity means that auroras – lights in the sky that are only normally visible from countries close to polar regions – may make an appearance above Ireland.

Last Sunday, an eruption on the surface of the sun resulted in tonnes of plasma being blasted into space, creating a “solar tsunami” that is now travelling 93 million miles towards Earth.

If the plasma comes into contact with atoms of nitrogen and oxygen in the Earth’s atmosphere, the reaction will cause the famous glowing lights in the sky.

Watch Sunday’s solar flare:


Sunday’s eruption – called a coronal mass ejection – was captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).

Leon Golub of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said “It’s the first major Earth-directed eruption in quite some time,” adding, “We got a beautiful view of this eruption, and there might be more beautiful views to come – if it triggers aurorae”.

However, the solar tsunami might also cause space storms, which can damage satellites, knock out power grids, and disturb other communication systems on Earth.

Scientists warn that our sun is currently at its quietest in over a century, resulting  in what is known as a “solar minimum” phase – which could mean that we are overdue some bad solar weather, otherwise known as a “solar maximum”.

But while scientists cannot say for sure whether Irish sky-searchers will be able to see the lights as they occur, many will nevertheless be looking to the skies tonight in the hope of catching a glimpse of the elusive lights.