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Friday 17 November 2017

Instant swap for coffee fans

An instant coffee 'amnesty' is being offered to Dubliners this weekend.

People are being asked to 'surrender' their jars of instant in exchange for packets of fresh ground coffee at Bewley's in Grafton Street, the citadel of coffee in the capital for decades.

The first 1,000 people to surrender instant coffee today at the famous cafe were being offered a starter pack, which contained five varieties of ground coffee and a one cup cafetiere coffee-maker.

And to celebrate the firm's Real Coffee Weekend, the cafe scheduled a coffee taste test for this afternoon.



Bus glitch is



just the ticket

Some lucky bus passengers got free journeys on a number of Dublin routes when machines on buses stopped giving tickets.

Dublin Bus chiefs blamed "a software glitch" which affected a number of machines operated by drivers at the Ringsend and Donnybrook bus garages.

People boarding buses yesterday during the morning rush hourwere told they were getting a free journey.



Suicide bomb



kills mourners

A SUICIDE bomber killed at least 29 people by driving an explosives-laden vehicle into a Shia funeral procession in Baghdad yesterday, heightening fears that Iraq is in the grip of sectarian conflict.

More than 60 people were wounded in the bombing, which came days after al-Qa'ida's Iraqi affiliate pledged to step up attacks on the country's Shia majority.

More than 200 people have been killed since US troops completed their withdrawal from Iraq at the end of 2011.



Ratings cut for



Euro countries

US ratings agency Fitch says it is downgrading the credit ratings of five countries that use the euro, including economic heavyweights Italy and Spain.

The downgraded countries -- also including Belgium, Cyprus, and Slovenia -- faced financial and economic difficulites that could make it harder for them to repay their debts, Fitch said.

Additionally, Ireland saw its BBB+ rating affirmed but it also received a negative outlook.

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