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# Champions League
Champions League Wednesday
Chelsea, Bayern and Arsenal could secure qualification for second round while Milan and Madrid prepare to duke it out.
# Romania
Body confirmed as belonging to Romanian dictator
DNA testing confirms that body which was exhumed from Bucharest cemetery is that of Nicolae Ceausescu.
# Dalkey Oil
'Gold coast' the target of new hunt for oil
Exploration company says that up to 870 million barrels of oil could be just 10km off the Dublin coast.
# Homo promiscuous
Neanderthals were promiscuous because they had longer fingers
Scientists conducting fossil research on neanderthals reveal that promiscuity and aggressiveness went hand in hand for the ancient human relatives.
# Protests
Students to take to the streets over increase in college fees
Up to 25,000 students expected to march in Dublin city centre in protest over planned increase in registration fees.
# Afghanistan
Building collapse at Afghan wedding leaves dozens dead
Women and children thought to make up the bulk of an estimated 65 people dead in northern province of Baghlan.
# Madam X
Unnamed pop star blackmailed with 'highly sensitive' photographs
Mystery female pop star blackmailed after laptop containing “highly sensitive” pictures were stolen from her London home.
# eBay
Cherie sells Tony's autograph on eBay for £10
Signature sold for a tenner after noone on eBay would pay Cherie £25 for her husband’s autograph.
# Hobbit
Kiwis rejoice as PM says Hobbit is staying put
New Zealand’s Prime Minister emerges from two days of talks with Hobbit producers with agreement on films’ future down under.
# Pinched
Live crabs found in woman's case at Belfast airport
Five live crustaceans seized after they were wrapped in black bags and tea towels and concealed in luggage by a woman flying from China.
# Road Crash
One man dead after Cork road crash
Separate crashes in Cork and Westmeath bring the number dead on Irish roads in 2010 to 179.
# IDF
Israel bans social network use in defence forces
IDF forced to ban social networks and email clients following series of blunders and leaks.
# Flooding
Corkonians demand flood inquiry
Cork city residents demand public inquiry into last November’s floods.
# UCD
UCD to begin talks on giving back ‘illegal pay’
€1.6 million in unauthorised allowances paid to staff over a ten-year period to be repaid to HEA.
# Google Earth
Has Google Earth found God?
Has God visited Earth via Google Street View?
# Economic Growth
Business expects modest growth, while confidence remains lower
KBC Bank Business Sentiment Survey reveals “two economies” with businesses expecting modest growth but confidence in economy remaining low.
# USA
US military now accepting gay soldiers
Pentagon appeals decision to reverse “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy banning openly gay recruits.
# Avoca
Avoca man killed by car after pub fight
Brian ‘Brier’ Doyle killed by impact from car, not punch, after row over football match.
# Politics
Dáil leaders meet to try to find consensus over budget plan
Common ground on approaches to combating crisis in public finances will help Ireland’s image with investors, says Cowen.
# London 2012
Olympic ticket prices to range from £20.12 to £2012
London 2012 unveil “the daddy of all ticketing strategies”
Sinn Féin critical of exclusion from consensus talks
# Scrooge
Queen cancels staff Christmas party
Staff party cancelled because of “current economic climate”
# Strike
Protests over retirement age hit France
Government plans to raise retirement age from 60 to 62 spark widespread protests.
# LFC
Hicks claims he was "swindled" in NESV sale
Former Liverpool owner claims “conspiracy” prevented him from repaying debts to RBS.
# TB
HSE screens 336 people after TB outbreak in Cork school
HSE investigating the TB outbreak which infected 48 pupils and staff in Ballintemple.
# Children's Hospital
Temple St chair backs Harney in hospital row
Row over co-location intensifies as Donal Walsh backs Harney’s selection of Mater site.
# Doodle
Oscar Wilde's birthday commemorated with Google doodle
Google celebrate Oscar Wilde’s 156th birthday with new doodle on homepage.
# Gas Explosion
20 dead and 17 trapped in Chinese coal mine
Gas explosion leaves 20 dead and rescuers searching for trapped miners.
# Couch Potato
Sofa Supporter: your guide to sport on TV
All the weekend’s sport you’d want to watch.
# Ban
Tuitupou gets three week suspension
Munster left without their All Black star for three weeks.
# Challenge Cup
Connacht recall mainliners to play Bayonne
5 first teamers recalled for Challenge Cup pool match.
# Boxing
Gold for Barnes and Gallagher in Delhi
Northern boxers both win gold at Commonwealth Games.
# Games
Indian athlete fails a drug test at Commonwealth games
Walker Rani Yadav becomes the third athlete suspended over doping after testing positive for Nandrolene.
# Limerick GAA
Horan appointed as Limerick manager
Former Mayo and Limerick player takes charge in the Treaty City after managing under 21s last season.
# Closure
Navan hospital to suffer two ward closure blows
Up to 28 beds and orthopaedic unit expected to be closed in Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan.
# BaNAMA Republic
Housing agency calls for 'NAMA for the people'
Threshold urges government to take stake in bad mortgages while allowing tenants to retain a stake and stay in their home.
# Euro 2012
Keane's form worries Trap
Keane’s lack of match practice worries Trap after captain misses two key chances in Zilina.
# Heineken Cup
Munster include Flannery in squad
Crisis for Munster as Tuitupou could miss Toulon match (pending citation hearing) leaving Tony McGahan’s side with a shortage in the back line.
# Euro 2012
Slovakia: Who are they?
How Slovakia are preparing, their current form, and who Ireland should be wary of – with Slovak expert Daniel Richardson.