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#1 Thailand murders: A Burmese worker has reportedly confessed as being the person who murdered David Miller, 24, and Hannah Witheridge, 23, in the island resort of Koh Tao, Thailand, nearly four weeks ago.

The pair were found semi-naked on a beach, with horrific facial and head injuries inflicted to their bodies.

As part of their investigation, local police detained three Burmese workers and took DNA samples from them. During the course of this process, it is understood that one of the men admitted to killing the two foreigners.

#2 Hogan: Minister Phil Hogan dismisses all criticisms about his performance a government minister during intense grilling at European Parliament.

MEPs from all member states were given the opportunity to pose 45 questions to Mr Hogan as he bids to be appointed Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development.

During the session, Sinn Fein’s Matt Carthy and Independent MEP Luke ‘MIng’ Flanagan attempted to raise a series of controversies involving the Minister, but Mr. Hogan dismissed all criticism of his performance as Environment Minister.

#3 Ebola: An average of five people an hour become infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone, it has been estimated.

About 765 new cases were reported last week alone. However, only 327 “Ebola beds” are currently in operation in the entire country. This effectively means that scores of people may be dying anonymously in their homes, or in the streets.

A recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO) predicted that the number of Ebola-infected people could run into the hundreds of thousands by the new year unless efforts to combat the deadly disease are dramatically stepped up.

#4 Wonga: UK so-called “payday loan” company Wonga writes off debts for more than 330,000 people.

The move by the controversial company comes in the wake of new guidelines issued by the regulator. These new guidelines specify that affordability checks should have been applied by Wonga staff to potential customers, and those found unable to repay should not have been given a loan in the first place. This essentially means that those in arrears of 30 days or more who should not have received a loan will see their debt wiped out.

Some 45,000 customers who are between zero and 29 days in arrears will be asked to repay their debt without interest and charges and will be given an option to pay off their debt over an extended period of four months.

Wonga has recently been strongly criticised over their “scare tactic” of sending fake legal letters to customers in arrears. The company’s profits are down by more than 50% over this and other controversies involving questionable business practices.

#5 Horse seizure: There were tense scenes between Gardai and some citizens in Finglas last Tuesday during an attempt to remove some horses from the area.

County officials traveled to Finglas, Dublin to seize some loose horses, but some people interfered and Gardai had to be called. Onlookers then jeered at Gardai and officials while the horses were taken away. Four people were arrested during the incident.

#6 Shark attack: A 23-year-old man has lost both hands after being attacked by a shark while surfing surfing at Wylie Bay Beach in the town of Esperance, Australia.

The man was immediately taken to hospital for treatment.

It is not known at this point the species of the shark involved in the incident. This is the second time a shark attack occurs in the area within a year. Last October, a man was attacked and seriously injured while diving in nearby waters. A Great White was suspected of being involved in that particular incident.

#7 Weather: End of Indian Summer in sight as very unsettled weather moves in on the country.

Heavy rain and strong winds expected from tonight and onwards into the weekend.

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