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Good morning! Here are the nine things you need to know as you kick off your Sunday.

EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you need to know as you start your day.

1. #BOSTON The Boston bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, remains in serious condition in hospital under armed guard and is “unable to communicate”, police say. He is ‘serious but stable’ and is said to have suffered serious wounds.

2. #DRUGS Gardaí have arrested two more people as part of the ongoing investigation into the seizure of cannabis plants worth an estimated €2.5 million in Tuam yesterday. The two men were arrested in Tuam and are being detained under section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996. The two other males who had been arrested yesterday are still being detained.

3. #ABORTION Labour has rejected an ‘unworkable’ abortion bill, the Sunday Times reports today. The paper says that party ministers have rejected Fine Gael’s draft abortion legislation because the plan would mean suicidal women would have to be assessed by a panel of six doctors before being given a termination. It is expected this means the heads of bill will not go to cabinet on Tuesday as had been anticipated.

4. #BORROWING There was a significant drop in government borrowing in 2012, the Sunday Business Post says today. It reports that new figures due to be published tomorrow will show that borrowing for last year came in “significantly” below 8 per cent. This means the government should be well on track to meet its target for this year, says the paper.

5. #COCHLEAR IMPLANTS Parents of children with hearing problems are continuing their call for bilateral cochlear implants to be offered to children in Irish hospitals. It comes as one parent told TheJournal.ie about the issues her 4-year-old son is experiencing because of a recent operation on his ear.

6. #AVALANCHE Five snowboarders have been killed in an avalanche in the Rocky mountains near the city of Denver, local officials said. In the early afternoon a group of six snowboarders ventured into a backcountry skiing area known as Loveland Pass, outside the boundaries of the Loveland Ski Area, where they were struck by a wall of snow.

7. #INDIA A five-year-old rape victim is said to be recovering following a horrific ordeal in which she was abducted and raped in New Delhi. She has been treated for serious internal injuries that were sustained during a more than 40-hour ordeal. A garment worker was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of carrying out the attack.

8. #SYRIA The US said today it will double its non-lethal assistance to Syria’s opposition. It will provide an additional $123 million in aid, which may include – for the first time – armoured vehicles, body armour, night vision goggles and other defensive military supplies.

9. #BILLIONAIRES How many billionaires are there in Ireland? According to the Sunday Times Rich List, there are four new members, bringing the total to nine in all. The new people include Paul Coulson, a bottle manufacturer whose family is worth €1.1bn. Mobile phone entrepreneur Denis O’Brien saw a ‘surge in wealth’, with his fortune growing by €1.4bn to €3.96bn.

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