Seven Days


A glance at the week  that was

We now know

The notoriously homophobic world of hip hop was challenged by the announcement of the acclaimed US singer Frank Ocean that he is gay.

Explaining the importance of the Higgs boson is exceedingly difficult, as journalists everywhere discovered after its existence was confirmed at Cern this week.

Mermaids don’t exist, according to the US government agency the National Ocean Service, in response to public inquiries.

The body of Yasser Arafat is to be exhumed to determine whether he was poisoned.


The amount the Government raised in a debt auction on Thursday, the first since the 2010 bailout of Irish banks.


The unemployment rate in Ireland in June, the highest since 1994.


Hours of sunshine recorded in Ireland in June, dramatically below average.


Tax increases imposed on wealthy households in plans announced by the French president, François Hollande.


Size of the area, in hectares, that was added to Moscow after it expanded on July 1st, more than doubling the city’s footprint.


Ireland’s position in the latest Fifa football rankings, a fall of eight positions after our disastrous Euro 2012 campaign.

Independence bang

There is only one way to celebrate the Fourth of July, and that’s with fireworks: lots and lots of fireworks. This year’s Independence Day shindig was no different, but pride of place must go to San Diego, where a technical glitch caused all the fireworks to be set off at the same time (right).

Instead of a carefully choreographed 18-minute pyrotechnic display, the crowds at San Diego Bay were treated to a 15-second fireball exploding in the sky. And what is the annual Independence Day San Diego celebration called? The Big Bay Boom.

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Rankings calculated between June 29th and yesterday lunchtime

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