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The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: Coalition forces claim to have destroyed Gaddafi’s command centre; plans for a supercasino on the banks of the Liffey and the ‘gay cure’ iPhone app that got a 4+ rating from Apple.

Every morning, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you really need to know by 9am.

1. #LIBYA: Coalition forces claim to have destroyed Gaddafi’s command centre after a night of military strikes on Libya.  Conflicting reports of casualties have emerged, Al Jazeera reports, with the US military denying any civilians have been killed. However, hospitals and Libyan officials have claimed dozens of people have been killed in the weekend’s attacks.

2. #RYANAIR: Ryanair is no longer operating flights to Trapani in Sicily because of the military action in Libya, and flights that had been destined for Trapani will be diverted to Palermo Airport, which is 35 miles away. At least 28 flights today will be affected – though none from Dublin.

3. #BAILOUT: The government is continuing to insist that it will not budge on Ireland’s corporation tax rate during this week’s summit of EU leaders, and today’s meeting of Eurozone finance ministers in Brussels – though it may be willing to compromise on a common consolidated corporate tax base.

4. #MURDER INQUIRY: Gardaí believe a gang of up to four people may have been lying in wait for the 19-year-old man, David Byrne, who was found dead outside a flat complex in Inchicore. Meanwhile, gardaí are no longer treating the discovery of a body with head injuries in Castleblayney as suspicious.

5. #PARKING: All free on-street parking in Dublin city centre and its inner suburbs is set to be abolished under new rules to be implemented by Dublin city council, the Irish Times reports.

6. #SUPERCASINO: Treasury Holdings has submitted proposals to the department of Justice for a €300 million supercasino at Spencer Dock, the Irish Times reports.

7.  #INDONESIA: At least 12,000 people are fleeing an active volcano, Mt Merapi, in Northern Indonesia, after a lava flood buried 21 homes over the weekend. A witness told the Jakarta Post: “First it was just hot, murky water flowing through a path in the middle of the village, but it started getting stronger and was followed by material such as sand and stone.”

8. #JAPAN: The United Nation’s nuclear agency says good progress is being made in tackling the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, while the death toll has risen to 8,450 – with 12,931 people still missing. Reuters reports that workers at the plant have connected power cables to no.3 & 4 reactors; so that all six reactors are now rigged to power cables.

9.#GAY CURE APP: Apple has come under fire after approving – even giving a 4+ rating – to an iPhone app that claims to “cure” homosexuality.  The “gay cure” app was created by and named after Exodus International, a religious organisation which believes in teaching “freedom from homosexuality through prayer and practising conversion therapy”, the Telegraph reports.

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