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Take 5: Tuesday

Five things you need to know: Gaddafi tries to cling on in Libya, how New Zealand’s earthquake was ‘waiting to happen’, and the closure of the Sunday Tribune.

Michael Essien's Chelsea return to Champions' League action against Copenhagen tonight.
Michael Essien's Chelsea return to Champions' League action against Copenhagen tonight.
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Every afternoon, TheJournal.ie brings you five things you really need to know at 5 o’clock.

1. #LIBYA: Muammar Gaddafi has been addressing the Libyan people in a televised address, confirming that he had not fled to Venezuela but remained in Libya – and suggesting that the youth of his country had been attacking its security forces because they had been given psychedelic drugs, while appealing to his followers to restore order to the streets.

2. #NEW ZEALAND: Last night’s earthquake that claimed the lives of at least 65 people was “waiting to happen”, according to seismologists in the region, who said aftershocks one grade lower on the Richter Scale are usually expected following larger earthquakes.

Yesterday’s quake – which struck just 4km below the surface, and 10km from the centre of Christchurch – is not thought to have injured any Irish nationals.

3. #MISSING: A man arrested in connection with the murder of Marie Greene is to appear before a special sitting of Athlone District Court this evening. The appearance follows the recovery of human remains in a bog about 3km outside of Athlone earlier today.

4. #COURTS: The jury in the trial of Barry Doyle, who is charged with the murder of Limerick rugby player Shane Geoghegan in November 2008,has been discharged – causing a one-day delay in the trial. Justice Paul Carney did not reveal the reason why he was discharging the jury.

5. #NEWSPAPERS: The Sunday Tribune is to lay off its entire workforce of 43, after its receiver was unable to secure new investment to save the troubled Sunday newspaper. Jim Luby today wrote to staff to tell them that while a “small number of inquiries” had been received, “no definite offers” to invest in the paper had been received.

Don’t forget that, as always, we’ll be covering tonight’s leaders’ debate between Enda Kenny, Eamon Gilmore and Micheál Martin on our election liveblog, and on our @thejournal_live account.

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