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The 9 at 9 Nine things to know as you start your day…

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

1. #SEARCH: Gardaí are searching for a Co Weford post office employee over suspected fraud to the value of €1.5m. The man has been missing for three days and the Independent reports that his last known contact with his family was when he sent his wife a text saying he had been involved in a car accident en route to work on Wednesday morning.

2. #WINNING: Team Ireland continues to rack up its medal and record-setting successes at the Special Olympics in Athens. Yesterday saw Irish competitors take medals in bocce, equestrian, golf, soccer, basketball, athletics, kayaking and swimming. Overall, Team Ireland now has 20 gold, 32 silver and 15 bronze medals.

3. #DISORDER: Seven people have been arrested and six PSNI officers injured after disturbances broke out in east Belfast last night. The disorder followed a ‘mini Twelfth’ of July parade, according to the BBC.

4. #BAILOUT: The 17 Eurozone finance ministers are expected to sign off on the next tranche of Greece’s bailout loan today, after Athens passed its multi-billion euro austerity package last week. The finer details of a second bailout for Greece are due to be discussed and finalised this month.

5. #CREDIBILITY: Meanwhile, the ECB faces a crucial credibility test over its interactions with Greek banks in the coming weeks, according to the Wall Street Journal. The bank may decide to cut Greek banks off from its funding facility.

6. #STRAUSS-KAHN: The former head of the IMF might still play a role in French politics, according to his allies in France, the LA Times reports. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was released from house arrest by a New York court yesterday, had been considered a potential candidate for the Socialist Party in the 2012 French presidential election. The sexual assault charges against him still stand and he is due in court next on 18 July.

7. #MOROCCO: Morocco has voted overwhelmingly to accept curbs on their king’s powers, according to the AFP. Critics of the monarch have denounced the results, claiming the vote illegal because of the violation of democratic principles.

8. #CANCER: A study by the Institute of Cancer Research in Britain found no link between mobile phone use and cancer, the Examiner reports. However, the researchers said that the possibility of longer-term repercussions of mobile usage would only be available in another few years. Earlier this year the International Agency for Research on Cancer said mobile phones are possibly carcinogenic, and classified them in the same group as the pesticide DDT.

9. #NO SALE: The US government has filed a lawsuit accusing former NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell of illegally possessing a camera used to explore the moon’s surface in 1971 after discovering that he had listed the item for sale through a British auction house. Reuters reports that Mitchell was a lunar module pilot on the Apollo 14 moon mission.

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