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Cork city was left traumatised this week when a bird attacked more than 20 people.

After numerous disturbances in Cork IT, where two people needed medical treatment, the Cork Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals decided to call out to investigate the matter.

And it turns out that the culprit wasn't even a crow; it was a jackdaw.

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The CSPCA said: "Jack the jackdaw. Apologies for the name but what else would you call the bandit of CIT.

"This little guy and its parents have been causing quite a stir over the past day or so with reports of people being buzzed overhead on the campus of CIT.

"So to prevent panic and a mass evacuation of the city, we headed over to see what all the fuss was about.

"Jack had fallen from its nest by either being too adventurous or got pushed by fellow siblings, when on the ground its parents were continuing to feed but also defend and protect it from anything that gets too close including humans, they were doing exactly what any other parent, human or animal would do in the same circumstances.

"As the nest could not be located, jack will now be fostered and will do quite well for itself and we are glad to report that calm has now been restored to our fair city."

Peace has been restored!

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Our newspapers and televisions screens have, over the last seven days, been awash with coverage documenting the horrifying events which have been unfolding in Germany.

Since last Monday, the country has seen a spate of senseless violence across various cities – events which have added to daily discourse regarding Angela Merkel's immigration policy.

On July 18, a 17-year-old Afghan refugee, armed with an axe and a knife, attacked passengers on a train in Wuerzberg southern Germany before being shot dead by police.

The teen, who Islamic State claim was one of its fighters, injured at least four passengers before being apprehended by police.

Commenting on the incident which rocked the country, Isil's online Amaq news agency said: "The perpetrator of the stabbing attack in Germany was one of the fighters of the Islamic State and carried out the operation in answer to the calls to target the countries of the coalition fighting the Islamic State."

Four days later, an 18-year-old male of dual German and Iranian nationality opened fire at a shopping mall in Munich, killing nine and injuring more than 20 before turning the gun on himself.

Authorities have established no links between the gunman and any terrorist organisations, but are currently investigating the theory that the student carried out the attack as a nod to the fifth anniversary of a mass shooting in Norway.

A mere two days after the horror endured by dozens in Munich, a 21-year-old Syrian male was detained by police after attacking, and ultimately killing, a pregnant woman with a machete in Reutlingen.

German officials have yet to establish a motive for the attack, which took place near a doner kebab stand at Listplatz Square, but current reports have described the incident as a ''crime of passion', with one onlooker asserting: "The perpetrator was completely out of his mind."

While the perpetrator was known to police, officials have asserted that the incident 'did not bear the hallmarks of a terrorist attack'.

Later that same day, the country was yet again rocked by reports that a bomb had been detonated outside a music festival in the German town of Ansbach, and today it has today been established that the 27-year-old Syrian responsible for the attack, who also died in the blast, had been denied asylum a year ago.

Commenting on the attack which injured 12 people – three critically- the Bavarian interior minister, Joachim Herrmann, said: "My personal view is that I unfortunately think it is very likely this really was an Islamist suicide attack."

"The obvious intent to kill more people at least indicates an Islamist background," he added.

According to authorities, the events which have taken place in Germany over the past seven days are adding to the population's concerns over security and immigration.

Speaking to the press in the wake of these attacks, Mr. Herrmann insisted: "We must do everything possible to prevent the spread of such violence in our country by people who came here to ask for asylum."

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U2 frontman Bono found himself in a worrying position on Thursday night as he reportedly had to be rescued by armed French police from a Nice restaurant. 

According to The Mirror, the Dublin rocker was on the seafront terrace of La Petite Maison in the French city when Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove a truck into the Bastille Day crowd killing 84 people.

The Daily Mail has reported that staff in the up-market venue pulled down the shutters when they realised what was happening and told everyone to hide until the all clear was given.

Bono and the restaurant's other diners were said to have been “gripped by fear” as the events unfolded and were later rescued by armed antiterrorist police who led the group to the nearby Massena square.

Restaurant owner Anne-Laure Rubi told a French magazine: “Suddenly I saw people running, without shouting.”

“It was a silent panic – it was extraordinary.”

A diner at the venue said: “It took around half an hour for the police to get us out.”

“Like everybody else, Bono had to put his hands on his head and was told to remain calm.”

On Friday U2 posted a picture of The Edge from their official Twitter account with the caption: “Love is bigger than anything in its way – Bono, Edge, Adam, Larry.”

This is the second time Bono has been close to a major terrorist attack in France as last November he was rehearsing with his U2 bandmates in Paris when 89 people were killed in the nearby Bataclan theatre.

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Katie Hopkins is known for her sour tongue and general dislike for most women. Once again, she has decided to publicly voice, her negative opinion and Kim Kardashian is her latest victim.

Why she feels the need to do it, we’ll never know.

Emma Power reports.

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