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The 9 at 9: Sunday

Nine things you need to know at 9am: Appeal for missing person; Northern assembly filled; violence in Egypt; a one per cent cut on Ireland’s bailout; Queen’s visit concerns; and the French president intervenes in his country’s racial quota row.

EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you really need to know with your morning cuppa.

1. #MISSING PERSON Gardaí have issued an appeal for information on the whereabouts of missing Sazzad Alam Bihare. The 16-year-old has been missing since Monday in Rathfarnham in Dublin.

2. #ELECTIONS All 108 seats in the Northern Ireland assembly are filled after two days of counting. The Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Féin remain the dominant parties, each gaining a seat with DUP leader and first minister Peter Robinson dedicating the party’s victory to murdered PSNI constable Ronan Kerr, BBC reports.

3. #BIN LADEN Following on from the release of Osama Bin Laden’s home videos yesterday the US says that from his Pakistani compound, the leader of Al Qaeda was very much active in controlling all aspects of his terror organisation, BBC reports.

4. #EGYPT At least six people are dead and 120 injured following sectarian clashes outside a church in Cairo. Officials say that the clashes may have been caused by rumours that a Christian woman who converted to Islam was being held there against her will, CNN reports.

5. #BAILOUT The interest rate on Ireland’s €85 billion bailout will be cut by one per cent according to today’s Sunday Times (subscription). The paper follows up on yesterday’s story from the BBC which suggested an interest rate cut was on the cards.

6. #QUEEN’S VISIT The royal visit later this month is being described by some gardaí as a security “nightmare”, reports the Sunday Independent with dissident republicans reportedly planning to break into the Garden of Remembrance the night before she arrives. The Sunday Times reports (subscription) that security services believe that dissidents may try to murder another police officer or detonate a car bomb during the visit.

7. #RTÉ The State broadcaster RTÉ has now made a formal offer to Irish newspapers to share some of its content with them, reports the Sunday Business Post. It follows unrest in the media sector that RTÉ was using public money to dominate the internet. The move was first mooted back in April.

8. #RICH LIST The Sunday Times has published its annual rich list and records the Indian born steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal as the richest person but his wealth has fallen by £5 billion in the past year, which is the biggest fall in wealth. Fellow steel tycoon Alexander Usmanov is second on the list having seen his wealth rise by £7.7 billion. The richest Irish person on the list is Hillary Weston (€6.8 billion) whose family owns Brown Thomas.

9. #RACE ROW The French president Nicolas Sarkozy is reported in The Observer to be trying to stop national football team coach Laurent Blanc from resigning his post over comments he made about alleged quotas for black and Arab players in the French national football development system which have sparked controversy across France.

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