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Here’s what’s making headlines this morning.

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.

1. #LATEST DATA: Halfway through Level 5, the latest data shows there has been an overall reduction of 16% in outbreaks since last week. 

2. #SUPREME COURT: Party leaders will meet today to discuss the controversy surrounding Supreme Court Judge Seamus Woulfe.

3. #US ELECTION: There is no evidence of compromised ballots or corrupt voting systems in the US election, officials have said, as a top Democrat accused Republicans who refuse to accept President-elect Joe Biden’s win of “poisoning” democracy.

4. #LEGAL ACTION: The Minister for Justice and the Irish Prison Service have launched legal proceedings against the Data Protection Commission over a finding by the data watchdog about the use of officers’ thumbprints.

5. #POWER STRUGGLE: Boris Johnson’s most senior adviser Dominic Cummings is reportedly set to leave his Downing Street position by the end of the year.

6. #TYPHOON VAMCO: Thousands of people have been rescued after a typhoon caused extensive flooding that killed at least 39 people in the Philippines. 

7. #CASES RISING: South Korea has reported its biggest daily jump in Covid-19 cases in 70 days as the government began fining people who fail to wear masks in public.

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8. #PETER SUTCLIFFE: The Yorkshire Ripper serial killer has died in hospital, the UK Prison Service has confirmed.

9. #BREXIT: A grace period to allow retailers in Northern Ireland time to adapt to the significant changes that will come into effect on 1 January is being discussed by the British government and the European Commission, RTÉ reports. 

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