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The 9 at 9: Friday

Everything you need to know as we head into another sun-soaked weeken… No, hang-on… Still January, isn’t it?

JANUARY 9, 2014: Sun Island Park in winter. Harbin, China.
JANUARY 9, 2014: Sun Island Park in winter. Harbin, China.
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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you kick off your day.

1. #ON A BREAK: We’re getting a break from the stormy weather for a bit — Storm Rachel has finally passed over the country. However, the snow and ice appears to be back. A fresh warning has been issued.

2. #ATTACKS: French authorities have detained 12 people in the suburbs of Paris in connection with last week’s Islamist attacks that killed 17 people.

3. #RAID: Two people were killed and a third arrested in a counter-terrorism raid in Belgium last night. The country remains on high alert.

4. #NEW ACTION Former Anglo CEO David Drumm is facing fresh legal action in the US, according to Simon Carswell of The Irish Times. He failed in a bankruptcy bid earlier this month. 

5. #FLU: A week after the worst overcrowding crisis to hit the country in years, hospitals are now dealing with an influx of patients with flu-like symptoms.

6. #JOBSWATCH: Some good news this morning for Galway — makers of knee implants Zimmer are bringing 250 jobs to Oranmore over the next five years.

7. #YOU TALKING TO ME: Pope Francis has told reporters that his assistant could expect a punch if he ”cursed his mother” according to the BBC. He was speaking about the right to freedom of expression.

8. #DRIVE-OFFS: Gardaí in Kildare are on alert after a number of filling station drive-offs.

9. #LIKE ISIS: A potential contender for the Republican presidential nomination caused a stir yesterday, by holding up ISIS as an example for the US, CNN reports.

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