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The 9 at 9: Thursday

You may be struggling to keep track of what day it is – but here’s what’s happening in your world this morning.

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you wake up.

1. #GRIEF STRICKEN: Debbie Reynolds has died, grief-stricken over daughter Carrie Fisher’s death a day earlier. She passed away at her son’s home after telling him ”I miss her so much, I want to be with Carrie”.

2. #STAY STRONG: US President-elect Donald Trump has told Israel to “stay strong” until his inauguration as he used Twitter to criticise President Barack Obama.

3. #BALLYFERMOT: Almost 400 homes in Dublin were left without power overnight after a fire at an ESB sub station in Ballyfermot.

4. #EXECUTIONS: Amnesty International said 2016 had the highest number of executions since 1989, these are the six countries with the most executions and Ireland’s diplomatic links to them.

5. #NALMEFENE: Almost 4,000 prescriptions were made in the last two years for a drug which is designed to help alcohol-dependent people give up alcohol.

6. #BOOKIE BAN: New gambling legislation is set to curb the gambling excesses of younger people in Ireland.

7. #DEAR MINISTER: These are the complaints sent to Shane Ross during the Dublin Bus strike.

8. #STRESS: Researchers say that stress in pregnancy can impact children for life.

9. #LOVED AND LOST: David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Pete Burns and George Michael are just some of the musical icons who bid farewell over the past year.

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