Which would you prefer: Russell Brand banging on about drugs or Roy Keane banging on about headbutting his former team-mate Peter Schmeichel? Photograph: John Giles/PA WIre

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Walter O’Brien, the son of a Wexford farmer, says he has an IQ of 196. The Irishman’s life is now the subject of Scorpion, a prime-time TV drama in the US.  Photograph:  Lisette M. Azar/CBS via Getty Images

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U2’s lead singer Bono U2 gestures to the audience after performing at an Apple event at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California, last week. Photograph: Reuters

Band exploring a new digital musical format to help musicians get paid for their work

(left to right) The Edge, Bono, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr of U2.  Fifteen back catalogue U2 albums have re-entered the Irish iTunes albums download charts.  File Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA

The band was paid €100 million by Apple to allow their new much to go out for free

Beach sequence: U2 on Sandymount Strand in 1978. Photograph: Sheila Rock/Rex

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