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Flanagan meets EU on Ebola

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, is meeting EU Foreign Ministers in Luxembourg today to discuss the EU's response to Ebola, the Middle East and Ukraine.

Speaking ahead of the EU Foreign Affairs Council, Minister Flanagan said that it was vital to have a coordinated response to everything from screening at airports and ports to treatment of the deadly disease in the worst affected areas.

Quaffing all over the world

Rock veterans Status Quo are celebrating after achieving their first million-seller for decades - as their beer brand struck a chord with drinkers in the UK, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, Spain and Italy.

The group's Piledriver ale - named after one of their classic albums - has shifted its millionth pint in the space of seven months after its launch.

Guitarist and singer Francis Rossi said: "This is incredible news - we haven't seen sales figures like that since the '70s."

Dyson launches humidifier

Dyson has branched out from vacuum cleaners and bladeless fans with the launch of its first humidifier.

The gadget, which cost the company more than €47.3m to develop, uses technology to kill practically all bacteria in the water before it enters the air with a double dose of ultraviolet light.

The particles of water are drawn up through the machine's loop amplifier and projected through the air, with a form of the technology already used in Dyson's bladeless fans.

Russians slur Williams sisters

Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova criticised Russian International Olympic Committee member Shamil Tarpischev for comments about the Williams sisters.

Tarpischev, also president of the Russian Tennis Federation, was suspended from any tour involvement for one year and fined $25,000 by the women's WTA tour yesterday after he called Venus and Serena Williams the "Williams brothers" on a Russian talk show last week.