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The 9 at 9: Saturday

Here are the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.

Image: Photos by David via Flickr/Creative Commons

EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.

1. #EGYPT: Egypt’s Islamists have vowed further protests today to demand the army restore the country’s first democratically elected leader, after a day of clashes which saw 26 people killed across the country. Tens of thousands of Morsi’s supporters turned out to protest his ouster, while equally large numbers of anti-Morsi protesters also flooded the streets, sparking battles between members of the rival camps.

2. #SNOWDEN: Two countries, Venezuela and Nicaragua, have offered asylum to US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, giving a possible escape route to the fugitive whose revelations rocked the US government. How Snowden, whose passport has been revoked, could travel to either country remains unclear.

3. #LUCINDA CREIGHTON: Many of the papers this morning are looking into the possibility that Minister for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton will vote ‘no’ in next week’s Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill at the Dáil, which will mean expulsion from Government and the Fine Gael party. She outlined yesterday that she wants the suicide clause to be removed from the bill.

4. #DISSIDENT REPUBLICANS: Eight men have been charged with dissident republican activity and membership of the IRA at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin yesterday evening. The men were all arrested in the Dublin area and ranged in ages from 31 to 54 years of age.

5. #CAREER BREAKS: More than 2,700 people applied for career breaks within the HSE, however, the vast majority of applications for the three year break were turned down as the number of applications out-numbered the numbers expected in the hundreds. The scheme was started in a bid to slash further costs in the health service.

6. #RESCUE: Fifteen members of the Irish Coast Guard rescued a 16-year-old boy yesterday evening in Howth after he climbed a cliff from a beach and became stranded.

7. #LIFE BUOYS: Hundreds of life-saving ring buoys go missing every month – the Irish Water Safety say each one could mean a stolen life but some people steal them to use the rope as clotheslines.

8. #MAGDALENES: Magdalene survivors have been given a guide to the redress scheme after many of the women said they were confused about what their entitlements are. Mr Justice Quirke recommended that the survivors should all receive cash payments in the range €11,500 to €100,000.

9. #LIONS: The British and Irish Lions face the third and final game of the tournament this morning and will play against Australia. There is still contention over Warren Gatland’s decision to drop Brain O’Driscoll, but Tommy Bowe told RTÉ News that O’Driscoll has played a “key-role” in getting the team ready for the final test.

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