Leo Varadkar: 'We need firm guarantees on no hard border'

Leo Varadkar: 'We need firm guarantees on no hard border'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIrish PM Leo Varadkar “surprised and disappointed”Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he was “surprised and disappointed” that an anticipated deal on Brexit was not reached on Monday. He said Ireland could not go into a second phase of Brexit talks without “firm guarantees that there will not be a hard border in Ireland”. Mr Varadkar said the UK had agreed a text that met Irish concerns. However, he was then later told that the British government was not in a position…

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Peace diamond: Precious stone fetches $6.5m in New York

Peace diamond: Precious stone fetches $6.5m in New York

Image copyrightReuters A giant 709-carat diamond unearthed in Sierra Leone has sold at auction in New York for $6.5m (£4.8m; €5.5m). Laurence Graff, chairman of Graff Diamonds, won the precious stone – nicknamed the “peace diamond” – in bidding on Monday. Half of the proceeds – $3.8m – will be used to fund infrastructure projects to benefit the community of the small village where it was discovered. The Sierra Leone government rejected a bid of $7.8m at an earlier auction. The government is now expected to use the money raised…

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Beyonce 'unlikely' to use burner email

Beyonce 'unlikely' to use burner email

Image copyrightGetty Images Experts say it is “unlikely” that Beyonce changes her email address every week as claimed by singer Ed Sheeran. “I have an email address that I email – that actually changes every week,” he said during an interview about working with her on a duet. The reporter, from Entertainment Tonight, then suggested that Beyonce was good at “hiding” and he agreed. He laughed during the interview but his comment has fuelled media speculation about Beyonce’s commitment to privacy. “It’s kind of what I aspire to be, I…

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Jon Venables: Bulger killer anonymity breach complaint

Jon Venables: Bulger killer anonymity breach complaint

Image copyrightMerseyside Police Image caption Jon Venables was 10 when he and Robert Thompson killed James BulgerA potential breach of a court order which prevents the identification of one of James Bulger’s killers is being investigated, the Attorney General’s Office has confirmed. Jon Venables, now 35, was convicted of killing two-year-old James in Merseyside in 1993, along with Robert Thompson. The pair were released in 2001. There is a worldwide ban on publishing anything revealing their current identities. A spokesperson for the Attorney General’s Office said: “We have received a…

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Oscars 2018: Who could be taking home the main awards?

Oscars 2018: Who could be taking home the main awards?

Image copyrightGetty Images Image caption Who could be following in Moonlight’s footsteps?The Oscars are now 90 days away, and as the final three months of awards season approaches things seem markedly different to last year. At this point in 2016, the best film race was widely thought to be pretty much over, with La La Land certain to take home the top prize. It didn’t, of course – but that’s another story. The point is that right now, there are a number of films that look capable of being crowned…

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