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Sunday 17 December 2017

Weapons fear for Golan troops

DEFENCE Minister Simon Coveney has warned that over-arming Ireland's UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights could make them a target for Islamic radicals.

Mr Coveney will today update the Cabinet on the UNDOF mission and whether he will recommend that we send more troops to Syria. But he warned against providing more heavy weaponry for the Irish detachment.

"There is a balance to be had here - if you over-arm people in a Chapter Six (peacekeeping) environment, then you are creating potential targets for people that may want to acquire that weaponry," he said.

Heavy tackle a total Balls-up

THE UK's shadow chancellor, Ed Balls, has admitted a tackle which left an opponent with a cut eye during the annual football match between Labour and journalists looked "awful".

He said he had been rebuked by his wife - but insisted it was "entirely accidental".

The incident came as the Labour team were en route to a heavy 3-1 defeat against the Lobby team.

Reporter quits job live on air

A reporter for an Alaska TV station revealed on air that she owns a medical marijuana business and was quitting her job to advocate for the drug.

After reporting on the Alaska Cannabis Club, KTVA's Charlo Greene identified herself as the business's owner and said she would be devoting all her energy to fighting for "freedom and fairness." She then used an expletive to quit her job.

In a statement, news director Bert Rudman apologised for Greene's "inappropriate language" and said she was terminated.

Jamie 'may get Essex tattoo'

Jamie Oliver is considering a tattoo with the slogan "Made In Essex" to mark his 40th birthday.

The chef revealed his desire to get a design during a radio interview, and listeners were asked to give some inspiration.

"I'd love a tattoo, I just don't know where to put it. My dad would kill me. I did like the idea of a fox hunt going up my leg with a tail just coming out of my bottom," he said.

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