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The 9 at 9: Saturday

It’s finally the weekend. Here’s everything you need to know as you start your day.

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Every morning TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know a little before 9am.

1. #CORK A woman has died in a house fire in Midleton, Cork. The blaze broke out at approximately 3.30am and a 22-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. Three others were taken to hospital but have since been released.

2. #GARDA A garda car shortage meant that there was an hour delay in a child ‘abduction’ response, and it took two hours for the incident to be assigned to a garda.

3. #QUAKE A 5.7 magnitude quake hit Japan this morning near the city of Miyako, the US Geological Survey said. So far, there have been no reports of damage or injuries.

4. #KABUL More than 400 trucks carrying fuel and oil are burning on roads west of Kabul in Afghanistan, CNN reports. It said the Taliban claimed their fighters attacked a parking depot that is used by trucks delivering supplies to NATO.

5. #LABOUR It’s Joan Burton’s first day at work after being voted Labour Leader and Tánaiste. We look back at how things unfolded yesterday.

6. #SPYING Germany has summoned the US ambassador to Berlin following the arrest of a man who is reported to have spied for the United States. The man was arrested on Wednesday.

7. #MEDICAL HISTORY Cork baby Bridget Mullane has made Irish medical history – she is the first baby to be born here after a treatment at Cork University Maternity Hospital allowed her parents to avoid passing on a genetic condition – cystic fibrosis – to her, the Irish Independent reports.

8. #PRIESTHOOD There has been a fall in the numbers of Catholic diocesan priests in Ireland, the Irish Times reports. Between 2002 and 2012, the number of priests fell by 13, while the number of nuns dropped by 23%.

9.#UKRAINE Pro-Russia rebels and their top commander have fled their eastern stronghold of Slavyansk, in Kiev’s biggest success of a nearly three-month campaign. The insurgents had seized the city in April.

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