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The 9 at 9: Friday

Nine things to know this morning…

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you need to know as you start your day.

1. #GADDAFI: The National Transition Council says that the liberation of Libya will be formally announced this weekend, following the death of Muammar Gaddafi yesterday. Further details have emerged about the ousted leader’s death, with the NTC saying no one gave the order to kill him. Instead, he is said to have died in crossfire between rebel fighters and his supporters.

2. #KIDNAPPING: Gardaí in Dublin are investigating the kidnapping of a man who was bundled into a car in the East Wall area of the city yesterday afternoon.

3. #RACE FOR THE ÁRAS: Martin McGuinness has said that comments he made in an interview over 20 years ago which appeared to justify the killing of armed gardaí and soldiers were wrong. Meanwhile, the latest in our series of daily questions has been put to all seven candidates: what do they think has been Ireland’s greatest contribution to the world? If you want to see where the candidates will be canvassing today, check out our #Áras11 diary.

4. #EUROZONE: A second eurozone leaders summit has been announced as efforts to reach agreement on measures to tackle the region’s debt crisis appear to remain stalled. The summit planned for Sunday will go ahead but will be treated as an interim meeting, with a second summit now being planned for next week.

5. #THAILAND: Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has warned Bangkok residents to be ready to move to higher ground as floodwaters continue to rise and threaten the city. The country is experiencing its worst flooding in decades and at least 342 people have died since the flooding began in July.

6. #JUNIOR CERT: The Teachers’ Union of Ireland has welcomed the Minister for Education’s decision to delay the introduction of a limit on the number of Junior Cert exam subjects a student can sit. The move, being introduced for students entering secondary school in 2014, limits students to eight subjects.

7. #AFRICAN UNION: Al-Shabab militants have put the bodies of over 70 of the more than 150 African Union soldiers they killed yesterday on display. The group says the soldiers were killed during a battle yesterday, Al Jazeera reports.

8. #REFERENDUM: The Bar Council has called for a ‘no’ vote on the Oireachtas inquiries referendum over concerns that the change would have a negative impact on an individual’s rights.

9. #INSPIRATION: A group of thieves who stole over $200,000 from shops and pizzerias have told a New York court that they were inspired by Ben Affleck’s 2010 film The Town to throw bleach over the crime scene in an effort to remove DNA evidence, Reuters reports.

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