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Nine things you should know this morning…

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

1. #PRIVACY: Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner will be asked to investigate the legality of Facebook’s ‘Like’ button in the coming days, after an equivalent German official deemed the feature to be in breach of EU law, TheJournal.ie has learned. The complaint focuses on how the feature allows Facebook to track the online activity of any web user – even those who are not members of the social networking site.

2. #RACE FOR THE ÁRAS: Former RTÉ commentator Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh has ruled himself out of the race for the presidency. Last week, Ó Muircheartaigh had said that he was “really considering” throwing his hat in the ring but this morning said that he had decided against it.

3. #LIBYA: Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) has moved its interim government from the eastern city of Benghazi to the country’s capital Tripoli, proclaiming the city free. Yesterday, the UN approved a move to unfreeze $1.5bn of Libyan assets in American banks to give to the NTC.

4. #FUNERALS: The two women who were murdered in Turkey last week are to be buried in Northern Ireland today. Marion Graham, from Newry, and Kathy Dinsmore from nearby Warrenpoint, who were stabbed to death in woods near Izmir. Recep ‘Alex’ Cetin, 17, the Turkish boyfriend of Graham’s daughter, has been arrested over the killings.

5. #FALL: A 46-year-old man has died after falling from cliff in Co Clare yesterday. Off-duty garda Adrian Martin, from from Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, was out fishing with his six-year-old son when he lost his footing on a 75-foot cliff near to Dunlicky Castle.

6. #SPAIN: Spain’s Cabinet is meeting in Madrid today to discuss imposing further austerity measures – in a bid to reassure the markets, RTÉ reports.

7. #JAPAN: Japan is set for a sixth prime minister in five years, after Naoto Kan announced earlier this morning that he was resigning after almost 15 months in office. Kan’s approval ratings recently plunged over his handling of country’s the tsunami disaster and nuclear crisis.

8. #MARKETS: World stock markets are unsteady today ahead of a speech by US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, in which he will outline whether the Fed will take new steps to help the US economy avoid another recession, the AP reports.

9. #THANKS BUT NO THANKS: In an unusual move, Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins has asked her fans not to buy her new album.

After learning that her former record label, Universal, was planning to release a greatest hits compilation of her songs, Jenkins tweeted that she hadn’t recorded with the label since 2008 and that there would be no new material on the album called One Fine Day. The singer, who is now signed with Warner Brothers, said she didn’t want her fans to feel “conned”.

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