Kim Jong-un rekindles pop-star romance:Kim Jong-un has only been leader of North Korea for a few months, but he has already attracted the sort of attention that his father and grandfather never did.
It seems that he’s gone and got himself a new paramour, who just happens to be one of North Korea’s most famous pop stars. Hyon Song-wol, a former member of the jingoistic Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble, was photographed with Kim Jong-un at official events last weekend (right), sparking rumours of a romance. Apparently, they dated briefly about a decade ago, before his father, Kim Jong-il, put a stop to it.
Size of the austerity package announced by Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy.
Number of maternal deaths from childbirth prevented globally each year by the use of contraceptives, according to a report in the Lancet.
Proportion of the population who take regular sporting activity, up more than a third since 2009.
Estimated global economic growth this year, according to the Institute of Economic Affairs, which cut its forecast from 3.5 per cent.
The value of Google’s exports from Ireland – that’s €8.3 billion – which is a yearly increase of 55 per cent.
The unpaid debt that saw Minister for Health James Reilly’s name published in Stubbs Gazette.
Contraction in the Irish economy in first three months of this year, although domestic demand grew by 1.5 per cent.
WE NOW KNOW
Jack and Emily were the most common boy’s and girl’s names in Ireland last year.
The Hubble space telescope has discovered a fifth moon orbiting Pluto.
Brian Cowen has gone back to college, enrolling in a six-week executive education course, costing $58,000, at Stanford University, in California.
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