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Take 5: Friday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

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EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five stories you really should know before 5pm.

1. #LIBYA: NATO forces targeted naval vessels at Libyan ports in airstrikes last night, saying the attack was carried out with the goal of protecting the rebel-held port of Misrata. Libyan officials said downplayed the damage to the port in Tripoli, describing it as “minimal”.

2. #OBAMA: Details on traffic diversions or restrictions into Dublin city centre on Monday are still scant, with gardaí sayin they won’t release any information on access until the day before Obama arrives. Meanwhile, TheJournal.ie has been asking which of the following historic events – including Obama’s trip to Dublin city – you would most like to attend.

3. #PRIVACY: The Premier League footballer behind a so-called ‘superinjunction’ banning publication of details of his alleged affair with glamour model Imogen Thomas is thought to have launched legal action against Twitter – and some of its users – over content published on the microblogging site.

4. #ISS: The crew of the Endeavour space shuttle had to cut a spacewalk short today, after a fault was discovered in their equipment almost five hours into the six-and-a-half-hour  procedure. NASA has released some footage of the crew’s work on the ISS during one of this mission’s spacewalks.

5. #ROYAL VISIT: It’s day four of the royal visit, and Queen Elizabeth has left Ireland after visiting Cork and Tipperary today. While in Cork, the British monarch was introduced to the Benhaffaf twins, Hassan and Hussein, one of whom was fast asleep for the duration of the event. The twins were born conjoined but were later separated at Great Ormond Street hospital in London.

Additional reporting by Gavan Reilly

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