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The 9 at 9: New Year's Eve

Good morning! Here are nine things you need to know on the final day of 2013.

EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.

1. #NO DEAL: Talks in Belfast aimed at reaching a cross-party consensus on a number of issues have ended without agreement.

2. #ROADS: The number of people who died on Ireland’s roads in 2013 has risen for the first time in eight years. There were 188 traffic fatalities this year, up from 160 last year.

3. #RUSSIA: The death toll from the two suicide bombings in Volgograd has risen to 33 as the country beefs up security ahead of the upcoming Winter Olympics.

4. #CHARITIES: Brother Kevin Crowley of the Capuchin Day Centre for the homeless in Dublin told TheJournal.ie that he does not believe in organised fundraising.

5. #SHOOTING: Gardaí have issued a further appeal for witnesses to a shooting at a Mayo service station which left a 26-year-old man dead.

6. #MIDDLE-EAST: Israel has freed 26 Palestinian prisoners as part of US-brokered peace talks.

7. #PRISONS: Despite concerns by human rights advocates, Irish prisoners are still being forced to  share rooms with as many as three other inmates says the Irish Penal Reform Trust.

8. #SUDAN: Violence in Sudan is continuing to escalate with the BBC reporting that anti-government rebels in South Sudan have attacked the key town of Bor.

9. #PUNT: There is still €232.9 million worth of Irish pound notes hiding out there according to the Central Bank, with just €1.6 million exchanged in 2013.

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