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Take 5: Tuesday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.

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EVERY AFTERNOON, TheJournal.ie brings you the five things you really need to know at 5 o’clock.

1. #JAPAN: The country continues to suffer fresh horror as a 6.1 magnitude aftershock struck inland Japan today. The nuclear situation there is still on code red, after an explosion in reactor No.4 at Fukushima I power plant this morning left the rods in the reactor exposed to the air.

One ray of hope came with news that two survivors had been pulled from the rubble today, four day’s after the earthquake and tsunami.

2. #MINISTERIAL MERCS: All but three members of the Cabinet will have to supply their own cars from May. The Dail heard today that only the Taoiseach, Tanaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence – Enda Kenny, Eamon Gilmore, Alan Shatter – will be given a ministerial car and a full-time Garda driver.

3. #ROYAL VISIT: The publican father of Celtic player Anthony Stokes might be forced to take down a banner which he erected across the front of his bar in Dublin. The banner bans Queen Elizabeth II “and all her family” from the pub. Just in case she had a mind to drop in for a sneaky G&T on her way to the Aras in May.

4. #HITLER: A radio documentary will be broadcast next month about an Irishman who once saved a young German soldier from being beaten to death by his peers. Eleven years later that Irishman, Michael Keogh, observed a rally at Nuremberg and realised that the forceful orator on stage was the man he had rescued – one Adolf Hitler.

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5. #BAHRAIN: A three-month state of emergency and martial law has been introduced by the King of Bahrain as he attempts to “restore national security” in the country.

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