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Nine things to know this morning…

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

1. #GREECE The Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou is expected to stand down today after winning a confidence vote in parliament. He’s called for a new coalition government but is unlikely to lead it. Papandreou’s disastrous referendum gamble earlier this week led to rebellion within his own party, with members saying they would only back him if he sought a coalition.

2. #BODY Gardaí searching for Ciaran Noonan, who was abducted from Dublin’s East Wall on 20 October, have found a body in county Meath. Noonan was kidnapped from Russell Avenue in broad daylight, and the car he was taken in was later found in Ashbourne. The Irish Daily Mirror reports this morning that a priest received a tip-off about the whereabouts of the body. 

3. #GAZA Fourteen Irish citizens are to be deported from Israel after the boat they were travelling in was intercepted by the Israeli navy. The MV Saoirse was on its way to Gaza with humanitarian aid, along with a Canadian boat. Twenty-seven people in total were detained, and are being held in Ashod.

4. #CRASH Police in England have said that several people have been killed and up to 35 injured after a 27-vehicle pile-up in Somerset. The crash occurred at around 8.30pm yesterday evening. The BBC reports that there was a “massive fireball” at the scene.

5. #TRAGIC The two young boys who died following a house fire in Cork last weekend will be laid to rest today. The Irish Independent reports that the brothers will be buried side-by-side. Two-year-old Cian and four-year-old Calvin were in the house with their mother when the blaze broke out. Both later died in hospital. Their mother Stacey is expected to leave hospital to attend the funerals.

6. #DUNPHY Eamon Dunphy has hit back at his former Newstalk workmate George Hook, likening comments Hook has made about him to those of a “14-year-old”. Dunphy last week lashed out at Newstalk bosses during his final show at the station. The Irish Daily Star reports that Dunphy has said of Hook (who made the comments from Haiti) “why is he even thinking about me?”.

7. #FARC The leader of the Farc rebel group in Columbia, Alfonso Cano, has been killed. The Washington post reports that he was killed in a military raid, in the biggest blow against the group in its history.

8. #WOODS Tiger Woods former caddie Steve Williams has issued an apology after he made a comment about his ex-boss, which he said “could be construed as racist”. The Daily Mail reports that Williams made the comment at an awards show, stunning those in attendance.

9. #COFFIN A Limerick senator has taken part in a novel -and somewhat eerie -  fundraising idea, by spending time as a mystery guest… in a coffin. Senator James Heffernan raised €1,000 through his efforts, after local people paid to guess who was lying inside.

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