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#1. EGYPT: Egypt has declared three days of national mourning after at least 74 people died and hundreds more were injured in clashes at a football march between two of the country’s biggest clubs. Protest marches are planned for today over police inability to control the violence, and emergency meetings of the cabinet and the new parliament are due to take place.
2. #SHOOTING: Gardaí are investigating after a man in his 30s was shot dead at a pub in Finglas in the early hours of the morning. A lone gunman entered the pub on Barry Road on Dublin’s northside at around 1am and shot the victim. The man was taken to Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown where he later died.
3. #HACTIVISTS: Passwords for a government website were posted online last night in a move believed to have been carried out by members of the Anonymous ‘hacktivist’ movement. The passwords, most of which belonged to staff at the Department of Foreign Affairs, appeared to be administrative passwords for the Irish Aid website, the Department’s overseas development programme.
4. #LAW REFORM: A former Attorney General has raised concerns over proposed reforms to the legal profession which will see a new regulatory authority to oversee the profession. Dermot Gleeson, who served as AG between 1994 and 1997 said he was worried by some aspects of the reforms.
5. #FACEBOOK: Facebook has revealed its plans to raise $5 billion dollars when it floats on the stock market this May. The social network’s Initial Public Offering, revealed last night, shows it could become one of the world’s most valuable companies, just eight years after it was founded by Mark Zuckerberg.
6. #FERRY More than 200 people have been rescued after a ferry carrying around 350 people sank off the cost of Papua New Guinea overnight. Rescue teams are continuing in their attempts to pluck remaining survivors from the water.
7. # REFERENDUM: A Fine Gael TD has said that Fianna Fáil’s call for a referendum on the EU fiscal compact is “two-faced” and “beggars belief”. Jerry Buttimer has slammed the opposition party’s call for a referendum on the deal before the Attorney General has had an opportunity to consider whether or not one was needed.
8. #ELECTRICITY: As many as 44 homes a day had their electricity cut off in 2011, according to the Daily Mail. A new report by the Commission for Energy Regulation due to be released today found that more than 16,000 households had power cut off last year.
9. # BIRTH CONTROL: Around one million packs of birth control pills have been recalled in the US following the discovery that they could have been packaged incorrectly. Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer said that it believed around 30 packs have been affected by the mistake but that it would voluntarily recall the entire lot.