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Good morning! Here are nine things to know before you start your day…

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EACH DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you should know with your morning cup of coffee.

1. #ABORTION: According to John Drennan on the front page of the Sunday Independent this morning, TDs and senators have come up with a little-known constitutional loophole to force a referendum on the Government’s proposed legislation for the X Case.

2. #FATAL CRASH: A man in his 20s was killed when the car he was driving hit a wall in Tuam, Co Galway in the early hours of this morning.

3. #SEX ON THE BEACH: The Sunday World has featured a number of pictures this morning of naked men engaging in what they described as “lewd acts” during the day on the picturesque Donabate Beach in north Dublin. “Two men openly have sex… in full view of walkers and families,” reports the paper. Locals have been afraid of using the beach lately “for fear of what they might encounter,” it added.

4. #SNOWDEN: As the US presses for Edward Snowden’s formal extradition from Hong Kong, the former spy fought back with new allegations. The former NSA contractor said the US government agency was also hacking Chinese mobile phone companies to gather data from millions of text messages.

5. #PAKISTAN: Nine tourists have been killed by a gunman in Pakistan’s normally peaceful Himalayan region. Five Ukrainian nationals were among those gunned down.

6. IMO: The Revenue Commissioners has sent a team to investigate the Irish Medical Organisation’s tax affairs at their offices in Dublin, according to The Sunday Business Post. It’s another blow for the organisation after they came under scrutiny for failing to disclose how they spent millions in public funding over the years.

#BRAZIL: Fresh protests have rocked Brazil despite conciliatory remarks by President Dilma Rousseff, who pledged to improve public services and fight harder against corruption.

8. #CHOPPED: A GAA pitch near Cork University Hospital (CUH), the country’s only level-one trauma centre, can no longer be used as helicopter pad, says the HSE. Hospital helicopters will now have to land on the grounds of a rugby club adjacent to CUH instead. The decision narrows down areas where the helicopters can land, as the hospital remains without a permanent helipad.

9. #BRAINY: Scientists have created the most detailed map ever of a human brain. The researchers say the new model will let people zoom into the brain to see cells “the way we zoom into Google Maps to see houses”.

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