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Take 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 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.

#CENSUS 2011: The Central Statistics Office has described as “irresponsible” the criticism of its decision to award a contract for processing Census 2011 to CACI (UK). The company is a subsidiary of CACI International which provided 60 interrogators to the US Army in Iraq between 2003 and 2005, including at the controversial Abu Ghraib prison.

#BAILOUT: In case you thought it was Ireland vs the rest of Europe, take heart: The Greek prime minister, George Papandreou, has been calling on the EU to give us “more favourable terms” on our bailout loan. Papandreou can probably afford to be magnanimous – the terms of Greece’s bailout were softened at last Friday’s meeting of the European Council.

#CHRISTCHURCH: The New Zealand city of Christchurch has received a fresh blow as a number of World Cup rugby matches have been pulled from the city. It is feared that damage caused to the AMI stadium in the wake of the devastating earthquake there will not be repaired in time for the September tournament.

#SPAIN: Holidaymakers, rejoice. A series of 22 planned strikes by Spanish airport workers has been called off – for now – after trade unions and the airport operators came to a preliminary agreement.

#TMI: Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi has once again given us too much information about his private life by insisting that while he is “a little brat”, he’s far too old to have as much sex as he’s accused of having – 33 girls in two months.

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