The United States believes Russia is laying the groundwork for a possible invasion of Ukraine and could stage a false flag attack in the militant-held east of the country to justify a major assault in the coming weeks. Washington issued the warning as the Ukrainian government works to restore the websites of dozens of state …

Vigils are to be held in Ireland after the ‘senseless’ murder of a 23-year-old teacher, with echoes of the national judgment that was sparked in the UK last year by the murder of Sarah Everard. Ashling Murphy was killed on Wednesday afternoon as he ran along the banks of the Grand Canal at Tullamore in …

More than 900 people have been arrested for drunk driving on Irish roads over the Christmas period. Between November 26 and January 4, gardaí ran its Christmas and New Year road safety campaign which saw 5,681 checkpoints carried out across the country. The campaign focused primarily on testing for drink-driving and 914 people were arrested. …

Housing benefit overpayments due to errors made by officials have more than doubled since 2019, Northern Ireland’s spending watchdog has found. Comptroller and Auditor General Kieran Donnelly found that levels of fraud and error in the system totaled £4.2 million in the 2020/21 financial year, representing 12, 1% of total expenditure on housing assistance. This …

MOST cryptocurrency owners in this country are under 34, according to a survey. losing half a million people in the state now own bitcoin or some other form of cryptocurrency, according to a survey by Australian price comparison site Finder.com. The research comes after bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency, recently lost more than 30% of …

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has urged rival factions in Sudan to engage in talks to advance their transition to democracy after a coup toppled the civilian-led government. The October 25 military takeover upended Sudan’s plans to move to democracy after three decades of international repression and sanctions under the autocrat Omar al-Bashir. A popular …

An environmentally friendly and inexpensive brown algae electrolyte that can be used in a battery to generate green electricity was developed by two students from Carrigtwohill, Co Cork. The algae acts as an electrolyte and is composed of “abundant, thermostable and biodegradable materials”, allowing the production of renewable electricity in a capacitor which stores energy, …

Spain has become the latest European country to withdraw COVID-19 antigen tests produced by Chinese pharmaceutical company Genrui Biotech following a spike in false positive results. The Spanish Medicines and Health Products Agency (AEMPS), which is currently investigating the product, has ordered the testing to be withdrawn “due to a possible increase in false positive …

Always remember to tip your waiter, if you know what is good for you. A tourist made a big impression at a Key West bar by ordering drinks three times on New Years Eve without leaving a tip. This made it easy for staff to locate him after police released a webcam video showing vandals …

A voluminous file in the National Archives of the United Kingdom contains details of three refugees from South Africa who fled to Botswana, then Bechuanaland, in early 1963. In a memorandum written in July 1963, a British official reported wrote that all three were “said to be Southern African Citizens and Listed Communists” while one …