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The 9 at 9: Sunday

Things you need to know by 9am.

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1. #TRAVEL WARNING: The American government is to warn its citizens to be more vigilant while travelling in Europe due to the threat of an Al-Qaeda attack. Both US and UK officials  confirmed that updated travel guidance will be issued for US citizens, but a British official told the BBC that any advice would not be country-specific.

2. #HEAVE: A fresh Fine Gael heave is due within the next two weeks, according to the Sunday Independent. A Sunday Independent/Quantum Research poll conducted in the newspaper finds that 71 percent of those surveyed do not want Enda Kenny as leader of Fine Gael. 61 percent believe that Richard Bruton would make the best leader of Fine Gael.

3. #PEACE TALKS: The leadership of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) have said that peace talks will not resume between Israel and Palestine until Israel halts construction of new settlements. The PLO have backed Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in the dispute, but Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu urged Abbas to continue with the talks.

4. #GANLEY: This morning, anti-Lisbon campaigner Declan Ganley publishes an article exclusively in TheJournal.ie, which appears to signal a return to public life. In it, Ganley calls for the country to “embrace an alternative” to the political establishment; for the “amputation of our gangrenous banking system” and for the preservation of our low-tax economy. The timing of the article will fuel speculation that he is planning to set up an alternative political party.

5. #STREETVIEW: Google have excluded some of the most violent Limerick neighbourhoods from its streetview service. Google leaves areas such as Motyross and St. Mary’s Park out of the mapping service, as featured in the Sunday Business Post and The Sunday Times this morning.

6. #M50: A student ran up a bill of €17,000 on the M50 after failing to pay her tolls and was sued by toll bridge operator Eflow, as reported in The Sunday Times.

7. #LUXURY: The Sunday Tribune report Minister for Foreign Affairs Michéal Martin stayed two nights in the most expensive hotel ever booked for an Irish minister- Geneva’s Hotel de Bergues.

8. #DISINVITED: Bertie Ahern’s invitation to speak at the Cashel Chamber of Commerce later this week was cancelled by the Chamber members, report the Sunday Independent.

9. #COMMONWEALTH GAMES: After preparations were dogged by accidents and withdrawals in protest over allegedly poor conditions, the Commonwealth Games are at last set to open tonight in Delhi.

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