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Mass grave found in Ukranian town
A mass grave containing 440 bodies was uncovered in the northeastern town of Izium, Ukrain. The town was used by Russian troops as a logistics hub, but they have since fled the city, leaving large amounts of ammunition and equipment behind. “Mass graves are being discovered in Izium after liberation from the (Russians),” the Ukrainian defence ministry tweeted.
Construction costs of new children’s hospital reach €1bn
The original cost for the new national children’s hospital was set at €800 million back in 2014, but it ballooned to €1.4 billion in 2018 and is still 18 months off of being finished at the site at St James’s Hospital in Dublin. The Department of Health confirmed that three quarters of the construction budget has been spent.
12 people have died following torrential rain in India
At least 12 people have been killed after homes collapsed during heavy rain in northern Indian, with power outages and flooding affecting hundreds of other houses. The meteorological office recorded 1.4in of torrential rain in the past 24 hours, according to Brijesh Pathak, the state’s deputy chief minister.
French Embassy warns of ‘severe’ Irish housing crisis
Warning those relocating from France to Ireland, the French Embassy have said that the Irish housing market is currently in “severe” crisis, and that new arrivals face significant difficulties in finding accommodation. The embassy in Dublin have issued advice on its website which includes allowing for a sufficient period of time to search for accommodation.
Smartphone screen exposure may trigger puberty early
Blue light from phones and tablets may alter hormone levels and increase the risk of early puberty in children, early research presented at the 60th Annual European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology Meeting suggests. It’s believed that blue light supresses the secretion of melatonin, which may have implications on future fertility as well.