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Thursday 30 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C
The 9 at 9 In today’s 9 at 9: Police in Northern Ireland appeal for information about yesterday’s deadly attack on a young PSNI officer; the search resumes for two missing fishermen; and violence continues in Ivory Coast.

EVERY MORNING, brings you nine things you really need to know with your morning coffee.

1. #OMAGH: The head of the PSNI Matt Baggott has appealed for information about the killing of a 25-year-old officer in a carbomb attack in Highfield Close, Omagh yesterday. Ronan Kerr, a local Catholic, had graduated to the force just three weeks ago. Paying tribute to his colleague, Baggott said: “We have lost one of our brave and courageous police recruits, someone who joined this fine service simply to do good, joined to serve the community impartially and to be someone I describe as a modern-day hero”, the BBC reports.

2. #FISHERMEN: The search for two fishermen who were reported missing off the Skerries coast in Dublin on Friday has resumed this morning. The vessel belonging to the men was recovered by crews yesterday. The men are aged in their 20s and 30s and are both married, reports RTÉ.

3. #GARDAÍ: Four gardaí have been injured in traffic accident involving two patrol cars in Cork. All four, aged in their 20s and 30s, have been brought to Cork University Hospital where their injuries are described as not life-threatening, reports RTÉ.

4. #GUARANTEE: According to former Defence Minister Willie O’Dea, the Cabinet was given no say in whether to grant a guarantee for Anglo Irish Bank when the decision was taken in September 2008. O’Dea told the Sunday Independent: “I was 140 miles away in Limerick. I got a call, there was no debate. I would have welcomed discussion at cabinet, but I was told this had to be done before the markets opened”.

5. #AFGHANISTAN: Hundreds of protesters took to the streets on Afghanistan again on Sunday, to march against a Qur’an burning by a controversial pastor in the United States. Several people were killed over the past few days when protesters grabbed weaponry from UN soldiers. The UN however, has insisted it will not allow the violence to stop its work in the country, AFP reports.

6. #IVORY COAST: An alleged massacre has taken place in Ivory Coast over the battle for the main city Adidjan, reports Al Jazeera. The Associated Press reports that unknown attackers wielding machetes and guns killed more than 1,000 civilians in the neighborhood of Duekoue – a town controlled by forces fighting to install the internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara.

7. #JAPAN: The bodies of two workers of the stricken Fukushima plant, who were missing since the day of the earthquake and tsunami, have been found in the basement of a building connected to the No. 4 reactor at the plant, the New York Times reports.

8. #MOTHER’S MILK? Hold onto your breakfast for this one: scientists have produced genetically modified dairy cattle that give so-called “human” milk – in the hopes of making cows’ milk more nutritious for humans. The scientist who led the research, Professor Ning Li, said the milk tastes “stronger” than normal cow’s milk. “We aim to commercialise some research in this area in coming three years. For the ‘human-like milk’, ten years or maybe more time will be required to finally pour this enhanced milk into the consumer’s cup”, reports the Telegraph.

9. #BACK TO WORK: Australian band Men at Work have lost plagiarism appeal over their 1980s hit Land Down Under after Australia’s Federal Court agreed that part of the melody was derived from an old folk tune – Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree. The band will have to pay 5 per cent of all money earned from the tune since 2002, and also future royalties, to the copyright owners for Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree – Larrikin Music. Still, for old time’s sake here it is…

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