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Controversial influencer Andrew Tate loses appeal against continued arrest in Romania
A court in Romania has upheld the 30-day arrest of influencer Andrew Tate on charges of organised crime, human trafficking and rape. A spokesperson for Romanian anti-organised crime agency DIICOT, said that a court in the capital Bucharest had rejected an appeal by Tate against a judge’s earlier decision to extend his arrest from 24 hours to 30 days.The controversial social media influencer had been waiting on Tuesday for the court to rule. Tate, 36, a British-US citizen who has 4.4 million followers on Twitter, was initially detained for 24 hours on 29 December along with his brother Tristan, who was charged in the same case. Two Romanian women were also taken into custody. All four immediately challenged the arrest extension a judge granted to prosecutors on 30 December.
An Post to raise price of domestic stamp by 10c
An Post is to increase the cost of domestic stamps by 10c at the start of next month. A national stamp will rise in price by 8% from the current level of €1.25 to €1.35. But a worldwide letter stamp will remain at the current level of €2.20. The digital stamp introduced in October, which currently costs €2.00, will also remain unchanged. Last March, An Post increased the price of a domestic stamp by 15c to €1.25, while the cost of sending a letter abroad went up by 20c to €2.20. The company has blamed rising costs in areas such as transport, fuel, energy and operations for the latest decision.
Prince Harry’s Irish driver told he would be ‘hunted down’ if he exposed re-enactment of Diana’s last journey
Prince Harry has revealed an Irishman who he asked to drive him through the same tunnel in Paris where his mother was killed was told if he opened his mouth about the re-enactment he would be ‘hunted down’. The royal also reveals the Irishman was supplied to him by the organisers of the rugby World Cup in France in 2007. The further elaboration on his tunnel re-enactment emerges in his new autobiography’ Spare, which went on sale yesterday. It is just one of two obvious references to Ireland in the book, with his and wife Meghan’s visit to this country in July 2018, their first official visit overseas, seemingly overlooked.
Colin Farrell, Martin McDonagh and Banshees of Inisherin win at Golden Globes
After receiving nominations for eight awards — the highest for any film in 19 years — Banshees of Inisheerin won three Golden Globes in Beverly Hills. The acclaimed film was named best musical or comedy and writer-director Martin McDonagh picked up an award for best screenplay, while Colin Farrell won the award for best performance by an actor in a motion picture musical or comedy.
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Oceans were the hottest ever recorded in 2022, analysis shows
The world’s oceans were the hottest ever recorded in 2022, demonstrating the profound and pervasive changes that human-caused emissions have made to the planet’s climate. More than 90% of the excess heat trapped by greenhouse gas emissions is absorbed in the oceans. The records, starting in 1958, show an inexorable rise in ocean temperature, with an acceleration in warming after 1990. Sea surface temperatures are a major influence on the world’s weather. Hotter oceans help supercharge extreme weather, leading to more intense hurricanes and typhoons and more moisture in the air, which brings more intense rains and flooding. Warmer water also expands, pushing up sea levels and endangering coastal cities.
At least six injured in suspected knife attack at Paris central railway station
At least six people were injured in a suspected knife attack at Paris’ Gare Du Nord central railway station early Wednesday, French authorities said. A spokeswoman for Paris police told CNN an individual began attacking people with a knife at 6:45 a.m. local time. Several police officers opened fire, including a security agent working for rail operator SNCF, police said. Multiple shots were fired and the alleged attacker was injured. A spokesman for the Paris Prosecutor’s Office said six people were injured and one of them is in critical condition. The suspect is also in a critical condition, the spokesman said. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin arrived at Gare du Nord soon after the attack Wednesday morning. Earlier, he wrote on Twitter that the alleged attacker had injured several people before being “quickly neutralized.”
Former Texas police officer who hired hitmen to kill wife is executed
A former suburban Texas police officer has been executed for hiring two people to kill his estranged wife nearly 30 years ago. Robert Fratta (65) received a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for the November 1994 fatal shooting of his wife, Farah, in Houston. He was pronounced dead at 7.49pm local time (1.49am GMT), 24 minutes after being injected with a lethal dose of the powerful sedative pentobarbital. For about three minutes before the execution began, Fratta’s spiritual adviser, Barry Brown, prayed over Fratta.
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