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The 9 at 9: Saturday

Good morning! Here are nine things to know before you start your day…

EACH DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you should know with your morning cup of coffee.

1. #MURDER A man was charged in court last night over the unlawful killing of Jolanta Lubiene and her daughter Enrika in Co Kerry on 16 June. RTÉ news reports that Aurimus Andruska (26), with an address in Killorglin, had previously been arrested and released, and was re-arrested last night before being brought before a special sitting of Killarney District Court.

2. #ANGLO The Irish Independent has new information on the Anglo Tapes today. It says that tapes of David Drumm feature him telling colleague John Bowe how he had prepared a plan to burn bondholders, which he says would have saved the Irish taxpayer €9b, but the plan was never implemented. The paper also says Drumm “frequently attacks Merill Lynch”, and refers to an individual as “f****n b*tch features”.

3. #UNITED IRELAND Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty has told TheJournal.ie that he believes Ireland would have a better economy if it was united with the North. He also said there is a significant amount of misinformation about the level of subsidy to Northern Ireland. He said that while a border poll should not take place in the lifetime of the current Northern Assembly, which will run until 2016, it should go ahead in the following term.

4. #DOMESTIC VIOLENCE A new report being compiled for an Oireachtas Committee will “lift the lid” on domestic abuse, Labour TD Anne Ferris has said. She said that there is evidence of crimes going down while reporting of domestic violence is going up, and that the committee is trying to change the way domestic violence is looked at.

5. #DRUGS The blame is being put on Loyalist drug dealers for the deaths of eight people from suspected contaminated ecstasy tablets, the Irish News reports today. It says that most of the people who died were in their 20s and 30s and were from unionist areas. However, police said they could not confirm if any of the deaths were drug-related and are awaiting forensic test results.

6. #EGYPT Clashes broke out in Egypt yesterday during rival demonstrations for and against Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, a year after his election. A US citizen, reportedly aged 21, was among three people killed during the clashes. He was said to have been taking photographs of a demonstration. The US has warned against travel to Egypt following the incident.

7. #OBAMA US President Barack Obama is in South Africa, and is expected to express “profound gratitude” for Nelson Mandela today. Mandela is still in hospital and Obama said he did not need a photo-op with the former South African President and anti-apartheid icon. Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie said there had been a “great improvement” though he was still said to be in a critical condition.

8. #KIDNEYS Temple Street Children’s Hospital is marking 10 years of performing life-changing kidney transplants. It said that 80 children have received new kidneys at the hospital since 2003, while there was a 35 per cent increase in live related donors, and last year was the busiest year ever for kidney transplants at Temple Street. It will hold a special event today to mark the decade.

9. #NORTH KOREA South Korean police have stopped a planned launch of anti-Pyongyan leaflets, which human rights activists had said they would drop over the city using gas-filled balloons. The drop was stopped following a threat of violent retaliation by the North’s military, who said they would fire on the launch site, says AFP.

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