Friday 28 July 2017

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Belgian soldiers patrol a shopping arcade where tourists frequented in central Brussels, November 22, 2015, after security was tightened in Belgium following the fatal attacks in Paris
Belgian soldiers patrol a shopping arcade where tourists frequented in central Brussels, November 22, 2015, after security was tightened in Belgium following the fatal attacks in Paris
One Direction perform "Perfect" during the 2015 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California November 22, 2015
Mauricio Macri, presidential candidate of the Cambiemos (Let's Change) coalition, with his daughter Antonia on his shoulders, and his wife Juliana Awada wave to supporters after the presidential election in Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 22, 2015
A public memorial service for Jonah Lomu will be held at the ground that hosted the 2011 Rugby World Cup final

Belgium remains on high alert this morning.

Authorities will keep the Brussels on the highest state of alert into the start of the working week because of the "serious and imminent" threat of a Paris-style attack, the prime minister said.

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One Direction perform "Perfect" during the 2015 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California November 22, 2015

Schools and universities in Brussels will be closed, and the city's underground will remain shut down, government officials decided at a meeting on Sunday of the country's National Security Council.

With one suspect in the November 13 attacks in France last seen crossing into Belgium, officials in Brussels kept much of the city shut down during the weekend. Officials also recommended that sports competitions and all activities in public buildings be cancelled, and shopping and commercial centres closed.

Mauricio Macri, presidential candidate of the Cambiemos (Let's Change) coalition, with his daughter Antonia on his shoulders, and his wife Juliana Awada wave to supporters after the presidential election in Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 22, 2015
Mauricio Macri, presidential candidate of the Cambiemos (Let's Change) coalition, with his daughter Antonia on his shoulders, and his wife Juliana Awada wave to supporters after the presidential election in Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 22, 2015

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In music news, One Direction swept the top honors at Sunday's American Music Awards, while a sorrowful tribute to the victims of the attacks in Paris lent a somber note to a night of otherwise vibrant performances.

A public memorial service for Jonah Lomu will be held at the ground that hosted the 2011 Rugby World Cup final
A public memorial service for Jonah Lomu will be held at the ground that hosted the 2011 Rugby World Cup final

One Direction was named artist of the year for a second consecutive year, and also won the best pop/rock album for a third consecutive year, with the album "Made In The A.M."

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One Direction perform "Perfect" during the 2015 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California November 22, 2015

"It's absolutely incredible to receive this award two years in a row. It's a testament to how incredible our fans are," band member Louis Tomlinson said.

Meanwhile, in Argentina, President-elect Mauricio Macri's promise to revitalise Argentina's sagging economy with free-market reforms and improve strained relations with the United States has carried him to a historic win that ended 12 years of often-conflictive rule by President Cristina Fernandez and her late husband.

In New Zealand, a public memorial service for former All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu will be held at Auckland's Eden Park stadium next week.

READ MORE: New Zealand to hold massive memorial to Jonah Lomu in Eden Park

New Zealand prime minister John Key said the service, at the ground that hosted the 2011 Rugby World Cup final, would be "open to all members of the public who want to remember the significant contribution Jonah made not only to rugby here and overseas, but also to the wider community through his work with charities".

In the papers this morning, the Irish Independent leads with the story that drug drivers are to be put off the road in a new garda blitz.  The story says that drivers will be checked for illegal drugs at the roadside, as well as alcohol, for the first time after gardai take delivery  of 150 testing machines early next year.

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The Herald leads with the story that five soldiers have failed drugs tests at two military barracks. The five all tested positive during random checks in recent weeks in a Dublin barracks and at another facility in the east of the country.

The Irish Sun leads with the story of how a hit-and-run driver ruined a family's lives. Delivery driver and dad-of-two Hong Qing Qu died after a known criminal ploughed into his car in west Dublin last week.

The Star leads with the story that a major criminal has fooled civil servants into giving him a passport under a different name - even though he's banned from leaving Ireland. It is believed he wants to use it to flee the country over fears he will be killed for ordering the hit on Real IRA boss Alan Ryan.

The Irish Daily Mirror reports the efforts of dad-of-six who has begged council chiefs not to put his family on the streets this Christmas. Denis Cronin and his partner Lorraine Murray, whose youngster child is only four months old, claim they have been told they are not high priority.

The Irish Examiner reports that the plans for the freeze on the property tax may be illegal. Fixing rates to May 2013 levels until 2019 may be unconstitutional., says the report.

The Irish Times reports that Fine Gael will promise to make further USC reductions if re-elected. The paper says that cuts to universal social charge is expected to be a key element of the party's election manifesto.

Finally, the Irish Daily Mail leads with the story that the HSE is being urged to roll out a 'life-saving' meningitis jab which is free to children in the North but costs up to €720 here.

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