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  • 09:19
    Good morning and welcome to the Daily Wire here on
  • 09:20
    It’s Steven Carroll here today to keep you up to date on the day’s news/sports/entertaining happenings.
  • 09:20
    I know few among us like a Monday morning, but I’ll do my best to nurse you into the working week.
  • 09:21
    We’ll start with some good news on the weather front. Today is off to a bright start and Met Eireann says we should expect a dry day with good spells of sunshine, and temperatures of 12 to 14 degrees.
  • 09:22
    All eyes will be on the Criminal Courts of Justice complex on Parkgate Street today as the jury in the trial of former Anglo Irish Bank directors Sean FitzPatrick, Pat Whelan and Willie McAteer resume their deliberations today.
  • 09:23
    My colleague Fiona Gartland has a piece here outlining the details of that here
  • 09:26
    There'a a bit of finger pointing going on in the lead story in today's Irish Times. Mark Hennessy and Frank McDonald report that the UK's stance on pricing is being blamed for the collapse of a wind energy project which was expected to see 1,000 turbines being built by three companies in the Midlands with a view to exporting gigawats into the British grid. You can see more on that one here
  • 09:30

    Also on the Irish Times frontpage is this piece by Martin Wall on a clash between the HSE and Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin over €186 million in savings.  

  • 09:32

    Meanwhile, Harry McGee reports that the long running dance involving Rehab and the Public Accounts Committee is to continue with committee chairman John McGuinness describing news that a former Rehab board member was paid more than €2.5 million for consultancy work.  

    That board member is John Hussey, and you can read more on that here

  • 09:34
    The headline from elsewhere see the Guardian report that "Fears rise of 'second' Crimea" as the US accuses Russia of orchestrating fresh violence in Ukraine (more on that in a minute). The Times also leads on Kiev, which says "This is war, Ukraine leader tells Kremlin"
  • 09:36

    The Irish Sun reports that "Cops to question John Joe" - that's the boxer John Joe Nevin who is recovering after suffering two broken legs in a dispute involving family members, a stick and a golf club  

  • 09:39
    Financial Times warns that a almost one billion people are at risk of slipping the ranks of "nascent middle class"
  • 09:41
    The Irish Daily Star reports that the return of a "neck slash attacker" to Arranmore in Co Donegal has sparked huge tensions in the local community. The Irish Daily Mirror leas on the same story, under the headline "Isle of Fear"
  • 09:43
    The Telegraph runs a huge picture of athlete Mo Farah labouring his way towards the end of the London Marathon above a lead story on how "Hostile public servants force millions to suffer in silence"
  • 09:43
    The Irish Independent reports "Water charges: now it's €100 before yyou even turn on the tap"  
  • 09:44
    The Irish Examiner leads on an "Urgent call for plan on climate change" - which follows on the story that Ireland is to abandon a renewable energy project
  • 09:45
    The Irish Daily Mail reports that "Rapist sues firm that sacked him" (for up to €80,000)
  • 09:46
    And finally, The Herald has a story about a Father-of-two being killed in a tragic horse riding accident
  • 09:49

    I promised more on developments in the Ukraine, so here they are.  

    A deadline set by the Ukrainian government  to pro-Russian separatists to lay down their arms and end their occupation of state buildings in the eastern town of Slaviansk passed this morning with no signs of the rebels complying.

    We'll keep an eye on that one over the course of the day

  • 09:52
    Ann Marie Hourihane has an interview with DJ Sean Moncrieff, the popular radio host who is going back to TV, a medium that we're told never quite got him. He says you were a waster if you didn't aspire to present the Late Late Show. You can read that here.  
  • 09:53
    We had quite a weekend of sport - between huge results in the Premier League, the US Masters, GAA drama and the aforementioned London Marathon.
  • 09:57
    In soccer, it's advantage Liverpool in the Premier League title race after a 3-2 win over Manchester City at Anfield yesterday at lunchtime. Here's a report on that game, in which it appeared Liverpool had capitulated after allowing a two goal lead to slip, only for a poor clearance by the normally solid Vincent Kompany to gift Coutinho the winner.
  • 09:59
    A clearly emotional Steven Gerrard gave passionate directions to his teammates in a post-match huddle to not let their position slip next week. You can watch that here ( but be warned the language is a little blue from the captain of the reds.
  • 10:01

    Chelsea's Demba Ba kept their title hopes alive with a somewhat fortuitous winner against 10-man Swansea at The Liberty Stadium. Here's a report on that. Jose Mourinho was unusually quite yesterday, avoiding pre and post match media engagements.  

  • 10:03

    The FA Cup semi-finals also took place over the weekend. i thought Arsenal's celebrations after beating Championship side Wigan on penalties were a little excessive and BBC's Phil McNulty agrees that it was like they ended a trophy drought rather than beating lower league opposition. Here are his thoughts...


  • 10:07
    Hull will face Arsenal in the FA Cup final after a 5-3 victory over Sheffield United yesterday. David Meyler, whose uncle Gerry owns The Millhouse Bar in Tacumshane, Co Wexford, was among the scorers.
  • 10:12
    Gerry Lester "Bubba" Watson Junior got all emotional again after he claimed his second US Masters title and green jacket in three years at Augusta last night. 20-year-old Jordan Speith was a worthy challenger but the veteran held out in the end. Read Philip Reid's take on it here.
  • 10:15
    Here's a good photo of the champ from Jim Young of Reuters after he closed out the 18th hole.  
    Here's a good photo of the champ from Jim Young of Reuters after he closed out the 18th hole.  
  • 10:18
    Sean Moran rolls out some cliches as  he writes about “a game of two halves” between Dublin and Cork in the  National Football League semi-final at Croke Park yesterday. Read that here
  • 10:19
    Here's a piece on Wilson Kipsang taking the London Marathon ahead of home favourite Mo Farah, who finished eight.  
  • 10:21
    In less cheery news, here's the story of a  Utah woman who has been accused of killing several babies she gave birth to after police discovered seven tiny bodies in cardboard boxes in the garage of her former home.
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    A judge temporarily adjourned the murder trial of Oscar  Pistorius this morning after the athlete started to sob while testifying about the moments before he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home last year.

    Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who is dubbed "the Rottweiler", had accused the double-amputee runner of tailoring his account of events to fit the evidence. He asked Pistorius what exactly he said as he moved towards the bathroom where he shot Ms Steenkamp, who was behind a closed door in the toilet cubicle.  

    Pistorius said he thought there was an intruder in the house and that he screamed, using an expletive, for the purported intruder to get out of his house. As he gave evidence, he began to wail.

    The prosecution says Pistorius’s account of a mistaken shooting is a lie.

  • 10:36
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    Interesting story here, Facebook  is close to obtaining Irish regulatory approval for providing financial services in the form of remittances and electronic money. Here's that story

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  • 10:59
    A nice piece here by Simon Carswell in Boston on how life has moved on for some of those hurt in last year's marathon bombing.
  • 11:00
    European legislators are poised to approve some of the toughest restrictions in the world on high-frequency trading, the first crackdown in the aftermath of Michael Lewis’s latest book, “Flash Boys.” Read more on that here
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    Two-thirds of Irish employers have received falsified CVs, with candidates lying about everything from where they went to college to their name, according to research published today. More on that here
  • 11:20

    It has been years in discussion, but this morning the Irish Stock Exchange finally announced that it has demutualised, changing its corporate structure from a company limited by guarantee to a plc.

    Stockbroker  Davy will take the largest stake, at 37.5 per cent, followed by Goodbody with 26.2 per cent; Investec with 18 per cent; RBS 6.3 per cent; Cantor Fizgerald 6 per cent; and Campbell O’Connor with 6 per cent.

    Fiona Reddan has the story here

  • 11:22
    Reuters reports that a fresh earthquake has hit Nicaragua, following on from two on Thursday and Friday.
  • 11:25
    Syria opposition claims it has evidence of chlorine gas attack. The Assad regime, unsurprisingly, blames the rebels for the attacks on Friday and Saturday in  Kfar Zeita village in the central province of Hama. More from Reuters here
  • 11:27
  • 11:30
    A good week for Glen Hansard in London. After playing a starring role in the concert at the Royal Albert Hall marking the visit of President Michael D Higgins, the Oscar winner has bagged two Laurence Olivier Awards for the stage adaptation of Once.
  • 11:34

    Laurence Olivier Awards - winners
    Best Actor — Rory Kinnear for Othello at the National Theatre
    Best Actress — Lesley Manville for Ghosts at the Almeida Theatre and Trafalgar Studios
    Best Actor in a Supporting Role — Jack Lowden for Ghosts at the Almeida Theatre and Trafalgar Studios
    Best Actress in a Supporting Role — Sharon D Clarke for The Amen Corner at the National Theatre Best New Play — Chimerica at the Almeida Theatre and Harold Pinter Theatre
    Best New Comedy — Jeeves and Wooster In Perfect Nonsense at the Duke of York’s Theatre
    Best Director — Lyndsey Turner for Chimerica at the Almeida Theatre and Harold Pinter Theatre
    Best Actor in a Musical — Gavin Creel for The Book Of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre
    Best Actress in a Musical — Zrinka Cvitesic for Once at the Phoenix Theatre
    Best New Musical — The Book Of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre
    Outstanding Achievement in Music — Once — Martin Lowe for composition and arrangements, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova for music and lyrics

  • 11:37
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    Here's a clip of Hansard leading Elvis Costello, Conor J O'Brien and Imelda May among others through the Auld Triangle at the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday night. Was lovely to be there for it.  


  • 11:40

    More from Eamon Gilmore ahead of that meeting of EU foreign ministers here

    “We are monitoring the situation very carefully, particularly in eastern Ukraine. There is an urgent need for a de-escalatation of the crisis and for Moscow to engage in serious dialogue with Ukraine’s interim government."  

  • 11:54
    Ahead of Record Store Day on Saturday, Jim Carroll examines what the future holds for bricks-and-mortar outlets here
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  • 12:03
    Dozens of people are feared dead in an explosion that blasted through a busy commuter bus station on the outskirts of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, as people were travelling to work. Boko Haram network suspected of involvement. More on that here
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    As reported in Saturday's Irish Times.....
  • 12:17

    More from South Africa, where Oscar Pistorius has been accused of being a stickler for detail on some matters, but certainly not the night he shot Reeva Steenkamp. The prosecuter said his past memory was in contrast to his frequent statements in court that he could not remember aspects of his evidence.

    PA reports: "Mr Nel noted that Pistorius earlier said he warned Ms Steenkamp to call police about an intruder in a whisper, contradicting later evidence that he spoke in a “low tone” and the prosecutor also said blood spatter evidence indicated that the athlete’s statement about the location of a duvet in the bedroom was false."

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  • 12:21
    A 62-year-old man in the US state of Ohio held an "I am a bully" sign at a busy intersection near Cleveland as part of his punishment for bullying a neighbor and his family over a period of 15 years. You can see a video on that here
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  • 12:42
    Here's an update from the morning's proceedings in the Oscar Pistorius trial.
  • 12:47
    Here's more from Limerick where  Ethicon Biosurgery Ireland, part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies, plans to develop an €80 million manufacturing facility providing approximately 270 jobs at the National Technology Park. A further 150 people will be employed while the plant is constructed. More from Kathryn Hayes here.
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    Irish Water has sought the introduction a standing charge for households but the Department of the Environment this morning said no decisions have been made about the level of water charges, including any standing charge.

    Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning  Ireland, Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte said an  Irish Independent  story about a €100 standing charge was “the first I’ve heard about a standing charge…I believe it’s not going to turn out like that”.

    More from Dan Griffin here.

  • 12:59

    News from Formula One where Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has resigned after poor start to the season, saying:  ‘It is time for a significant change. As the boss, I take responsibility, as I have always done.'

    Isn't it nice to see someone well-paid at the head of an organisation take responsibility?  

  • 13:02

    Interesting to see MEPs/European Election candidates trying to associate themselves with good news. Statement from phil Prendergast on those jobs at Ethicon in Limerick.

    "Investments such as today’s are key to getting people in the Mid-West back to work, and driving the economic recovery in the region. Along with the recovery of Shannon Airport, it helps me as an MEP to make the case in Europe that the Mid-West region is open for business and is an attractive place to invest."  


  • 13:06
    Timing is everything. A new book accuses India's prime minister of being weak and unable to stamp out corruption on his watch. It is the second recent attack by an insider that undermines the Congress party as it seeks re-election despite trailing in opinion polls. More from Reuters here
  • 13:09

    From the wires:

    Senior French and German officials have warned that the surge in nationalism fuelling the crisis in Ukraine echoes the ideas that gripped Europe a century ago and led to the First World War.

    Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s vice chancellor, said the “ghosts of nationalism are being let out of the bottle” in  Ukraine, where separatists in the East are seeking to join Russia.

    Mr Gabriel said the crisis in Ukraine demands “more, not less diplomacy” from Europe, and added that “sabre-rattling by Nato” would not solve the problem.

    France’s prime minister Manuel Valls called the Ukraine crisis “probably the greatest risk to peace and stability in Europe since the Iron Curtain came down”. Mr Gabriel and Mr Valls spoke during an event commemorating the First World War at Berlin’s French Cathedral, a symbol of Franco-German friendship.

  • 13:10
    Ukrainian activists hold their eyes closed and show placards with an altered portrait of Interior Minister Arsen Avakov and slogans reading 'Avakov, on which side are you? You must to get rid of separatists or get out yourself!' Photograph: EPA.
    Ukrainian activists hold their eyes closed and show placards with an altered portrait of Interior Minister Arsen Avakov and slogans reading 'Avakov, on which side are you? You must to get rid of separatists or get out yourself!' Photograph: EPA.
  • 13:13
    Armed men stand in front of the occupied police station in Slaviansk, Ukraine, today. The pro-Russian activists occupying state institutions in eastern Ukraine say  they will not heed an ultimatum by the government in Kiev. Photograph: EPA.
    Armed men stand in front of the occupied police station in Slaviansk, Ukraine, today. The pro-Russian activists occupying state institutions in eastern Ukraine say  they will not heed an ultimatum by the government in Kiev. Photograph: EPA.
  • 13:14
  • 13:17

    Latest on phone hacking trial in London.

    "David Cameron's former media chief Andy Coulson told a London court today he had not spoken to the prime minister since he was arrested three years ago over phone-hacking offences at the Rupert Murdoch tabloid he used to edit.
    Coulson, who edited the News of the World from 2003 to 2007, is accused of conspiracy to illegally intercept voicemails on mobile phones and authorising illegal payments to public officials. He denies the charges.
    Coulson went on to work for Cameron in 2007 when he was leader of the opposition Conservatives and moved with him into Downing Street after the May 2010 election when he became prime minister.

    He quit the role in January 2011 when the phone-hacking scandal re-emerged as a major issue. "Not long after, my family and I spent a weekend with him, I think that was in the Spring, it may have been in the April, after I left,"  

    Coulson told the Old Bailey. "I haven't spoken to him since."  

  • 13:22

    Won't be long now until the budget talk/kite flying starts again, given it'll all be announced in October again.

    News today that Ireland’s general government deficit came in at 7.2 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) last year, inside the troika-agreed target of 7.5 per cent.

    Eoin Burke Kennedy reports.

  • 13:30

    Fintan O'Toole wrote an interesting piece on Saturday about the Factory, an arts hub in the Dublin Docklands area, being moved on from the property it rents from Treasury Holdings in the "silicon docks" where numerous tech firms are making their beds and landlords are seeing the potential to make $$$ grow.

    Unlinked news today that LinkedIn is said to be working with  IDA Ireland on a plan to lease as much as 160,000 square feet (15,000 square meters) in the city.    

  • 13:39

    BBC reports that  Roger Milla has lost his record as the oldest footballer to represent an African national team to 43-year-old Mauritius striker Kersley Appou. Milla scored 28 times in 102 internationals for Cameroon between 1973 and 1994.

    Wikipedia says Sir Stanley Matthews is the oldest "association footballer" having played at 50 years and five days of age in 1965.  

    Wikipedia says: "John Whittemore (November 20, 1899 – April 13, 2005) of Montecito, California, has been credited as being the "world's oldest athlete". A long time Masters Track athlete, his last competition was on October 5, 2004, just six weeks before his 105th birthday. He threw the javelin and discus on that occasion."

  • 13:45

    Statement from Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan saying there are "no plans - whatsoever - to sell national parks or to privatise the management, preservation or conservation of these parks."

    "There are six national parks in Ireland. They are exceptional places. They are owned by the people. They are held in trust by those living today for future generations. This will not change. There are no plans whatsoever to sell these parks. There are no plans whatsoever to privatise the management, preservation and conservation of these parks."

    The Irish Independent today reported that  staff at Ireland's national parks have been told their jobs could be under threat as part of privatisation plans

  • 13:48
    The HSE has rejected around 100 applications from voluntary hospitals and health agencies to continue making top-up payments to senior staff in addition to salaries. More from Martin Wall here.
  • 14:02
    UK drug company GlaxoSmithKline is facing a criminal investigation in Poland for allegedly bribing doctors, BBC Panorama claims.
  • 14:14
    Here's another piece from the BBC, this time on 10 inventions that owe their success to the First World War.
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  • 14:22
    The battle between official Turkey and Twitter continues, with the prime minister accusing the company of tax evasion. More here
  • 14:25

    Alison Healy reports that it’s 46 years since John Healy published "No One Shouted Stop", the book that chronicled the economic decline of his home town, Charlestown in Co Mayo.

    But is it time to issue that clarion call again?  

    Taoiseach Enda Kenny today launches a report which will make a series of recommendations on ways to revive rural areas.

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    The new graffiti street art piece, suspected of being a Banksy, which appeared on the side of a house on Fairview Road adjacent to St. Anne's Terrace, Cheltenham. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Wire.
    The new graffiti street art piece, suspected of being a Banksy, which appeared on the side of a house on Fairview Road adjacent to St. Anne's Terrace, Cheltenham. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Wire.
  • 14:34
    Street artist Banksy appears to have unveiled his latest creation — targeting the issue of British government surveillance.
  • 14:40
    Now that lunch is out of the way, here's something a bit gruesome. Pakistani police re-arrested a convicted cannibal today after finding a young boy’s head in his home.
  • 14:42
    South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius (C) leaves court after another day of cross examination during his ongoing murder trial in Pretoria. Photograph: EPA.
    South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius (C) leaves court after another day of cross examination during his ongoing murder trial in Pretoria. Photograph: EPA.
  • 14:45
    Classic opposition fare here. No sooner has the Children's First Bill been published than Fianna Fail finds grounds to criticise it. Specifically, Robert Troy TD says, while welcome, the Bill  does not include any sanctions for those who refuse to report child protection issues.

    He says: “This represents a significant u-turn by this Government. The heads of the Bill published two years ago included robust sanctions for failure to comply with the Children First legislation - including up to 5 years in prison. But following two years of protracted delays and with no meaningful explanation, we now appear to have ended up with a watered down version of the Bill. There will be no sanctions for mandated persons who do not report child protection concerns or for organisations that fail to have child safety statement in place."  
  • 14:47

    Odd -  Los Angeles police arrested San Francisco 49ers linebacker-defensive end Aldon Smith at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday afternoon after he indicated he was in possession of a bomb.

    More from ESPN here.  

  • 14:58
    Una Mulally asks here if we're watching too much television...
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    Russian president Vladimir Putin is watching the situation in Ukraine with great concern, his spokesman said today.

    Asked about a call by pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine for Putin to help defend them against government forces, Dmitry Peskov said: "Unfortunately, there's a great many such appeals coming from the Eastern Ukrainian regions addressed directly to Putin to intervene in this or that form," he said.

    "The president is watching the developments in Eastern Ukraine with great concern."

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    Statistics published today by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that exports rose by 1 per cent on a seasonally adjusted basis to € 7.2 billion in February, pushing the trade surplus up by 4 per cent to € 3.2billion.

    More on that here
  • 15:28

    Good grief:  

  • 15:41
    Daily Telegraph columnist Jake Wallis Simons writes: I can't help admiring the unidentified hedge fund manager, known only as "the biggest fare dodger in railway history", who got away with saving himself more than £42,000 in train fares after "exploiting a loophole".
  • 15:46
    She says she's more of a James Blunt fan but a maths teacher faced a mobile phone bill of more than £2,600 after downloading a Neil Diamond album, which cost £8.99, whilst about it here
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    Better late than never:


  • 15:54
    How would you feel about a minimum wage of €18 an hour or €3,291 a month? People in Switzerland are considering voting in the rates, even though some business owners say they'll be the death of their enterprises, in a referendum. Read more here
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  • 16:03

    There appeared to be far more interest in this case in the UK last week than the visit of Michael D Higgins.

    PA writes: "Former House of Commons deputy speaker Nigel Evans has said innocent people who are “dragged through the courts” should not face “financial ruin”, after he was cleared of a string of sex assaults.
    The MP - who faces a £130,000 legal bill despite being acquitted of all charges against him - said he now intends to campaign to reform the law so people who are wrongly accused are not left with crippling bills.
    “The fact is that I now have an opportunity to speak out where injustices do occur. I have got a voice and there are a lot of people out there who have been equally through the mill like I have who haven’t got that voice,” he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.
    “It’s not going to help me, but I do believe that people who are wrongly accused, who then are dragged through the mill, they need proper representation and, at the end of it all, when they’re acquitted they’re told ‘You’re not going to get a single penny back’, that has got to be wrong.”
    Mr Evans, who was cleared of nine offences against seven men, said he could see “through the prism of having gone through sheer hell for 11 months” as he admitted he contemplated suicide “at the darkest, most loneliest moment”."

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    An Argentinian football team named after pope Francis and with an aim of promoting non-violence has played its first match in a regional league … a 2-2 draw in which four players were sent off...more from The Guardian here
  • 16:18
    More here from the phone hacking trial where  David Cameron’s former media chief Andy Coulson admitted today that an affair he had with Rebekah Brooks when the two worked for Rupert Murdoch was wrong but said their close relationship did not mean they shared secrets during work.
  • 16:21
    Liverpool’s emotional and thrilling victory is a fitting celebration on the pitch and off it, writes Barney Ronay
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    The United States is considering supplying arms to Ukraine, where unrest in eastern cities bears the hallmarks of a Russian destabilisation drive, an adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry said today.

    Ukraine's president today threatened military action after pro-Russian separatists occupying government buildings in the east ignored an ultimatum to leave and another group of rebels attacked a police headquarters in the troubled region.

    Asked during a trip to Berlin whether the United States could arm Ukrainian forces, senior diplomat Thomas Shannon said: "Obviously we are looking at that as an option ... but at this point I can't anticipate whether or not we are going to do that."

    Republican Senator John McCain has suggested providing weapons to the Ukraine government, which says the occupations that began on Sunday are part of a Russian-led plan to dismember the country.  

  • 16:43
    Ok folks. We'll call it quits for today now. Thanks for reading and keep following for the latest news and sport updates.