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Dublin: 13 °C Tuesday 10 December, 2019

Take 5: Friday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

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EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you five stories you really should check out by 5pm.

1. #REBEKAH BROOKS: The former editor of the News of the World has resigned as CEO of News International, saying she wants to focus on clearing her name in the phone-hacking scandal that has engulfed Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. Tom Mockridge has taken her place – see who he is here.

2. #EMIGRATION: The Jobs Minister of Western Australia is in Ireland to recruit workers for around 150,000 jobs going down in Oz. Or as he told today: I could take one-third of Ireland’s unemployed back with me.

3. #COME AS YOU ARE: The proposed ‘business attire-only’ dress code mooted for members of the houses of the Oireachtas has been scrapped. Several deputies including Richard Boyd-Barrett and Luke Ming Flanagan had criticised the suggestion that they should be told what to wear in the Dáil. Another pair of TDs should be particularly happy that it’s an end to the discussion of personal appearance…

4. #SYRIA: Security forces in Syria opened fire on anti-government protestors today in several Syrian cities. The reported death toll so far is fourteen people.

5. #LIBYA: Citizens of Libya, meet your new government – The Transitional National Council. The US and 30 other countries have confirmed that they recognise the new interim authority over Col Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.

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