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Take 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

Image: Daniellemharms via Creative Commons

EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five things you really should know before heading out the door…

1. #GADDAFI: Libya’s interim government has officially confirmed that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has been killed “at the hands of the revolutionaries”. Images and a video purporting to show the strongman after he was wounded in a gun battle at his hometown of Sirte have emerged.

As well as providing rolling updates, TheJournal.ie has taken a look back at the events that shaped the life of ‘mad dog’ Gaddafi and his country.

2. #BAILOUT: The Troika has given Ireland a gold star following its third quarterly review of the European Union and International Monetary Fund-backed rescue package. However, officials today warned that challenging times lie ahead. Meanwhile, Finance Minister Michael Noonan reiterated the Government’s commitment to reducing the budget deficit to 8.6 per cent of GDP next year. This will be achieved through a €3.6 billion correction in the upcoming budget, he said.

3. #DANA: Dana Rosemary Scallon is back on the road following yesterday’s tyre blowout on the M4, which she and her husband have claimed could have been the result of sabotage. Gardaí have confirmed that a formal complaint has been lodged and an investigation is underway. After the incident, the presidential candidate said she felt lucky “to be here”.

4.#NEWS: Less than 10 per cent of secondary school students read newspapers for news articles. According to new CSO figures, the teenagers get their news primarily from television and the internet.

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5. #BABY PLANET: Astronomers at a university in Hawaii have spotted what they say is the youngest planet ever discovered. In fact, LkCa 15b is so young it is still being formed by dust and gas circling a 2 million-year-old star.

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