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The 9 at 9: Sunday

Nine things to know this morning, including: Qatar official pulls out of FIFA presidential race; Serbia braces for Mladic protests; and government gets boost in latest opinion poll.

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you need to know as you start your day.

1. #OPINION POLL: The state visits of Queen Elizabeth and Barack Obama may have given the government a boost as the latest Sunday Business Post/Red C opinion poll shows Fine Gael up 2 per cent to 41 per cent support. Labour are up 1 per cent to 19.

2. #MLADIC: Serbian ulta-nationalists are preparing to hold rallies in Belgrade, Serbia, today to protest over the detention of suspected war criminal Ratko Mladic. His lawyers have until tomorrow to lodge an appeal against his extradition to The Hague to stand trial for genocide and other war crime charges.

3. #COURTS: Two men arrested on Friday in Belfast have been charged with possession of explosives with intent to endanger life, RTÉ reports.

4. #FIFA: Qatar’s Mohamed Bin Hammam has pulled out of the race to become FIFA’s president, the BBC reports, just hours before he was due to face an ethics committee hearing over bribery allegations. Current president Sepp Blatter now looks set for re-election in Wednesday’s vote. Blatter is also due to face the ethics committee today.

5. #LABOUR REFORM: The Sunday Business Post reports that doctors and lawyers will be affected by the government’s labour market reforms being brought forward to next month to coincide with the overhaul of the Joint Labour Committees.

6. CHILD KILLING: Dublin County Coroner’s court has heard that no death cert was issued for a 7-year-old boy who was found dead in the attic of a house near his home Holyville on the Lucan Road in 1973. Donal McIntyre reports in the Sunday World that the boy’s killer, who was not named at he was 16 years old at the time and a juvenile, has since moved to the UK and become closely involved in a church community. The Independent writes that author David Malone, who has been researching the death, claims it is Ireland’s only known “satanic murder”.

7. #CHINA: An explosion at a chemical factory in Zibo, eastern China, has killed three people and injured eight others, the AP reports.

8. #HACKED: Major US defence contractor Lockheed Martin has been struck by a “significant and tenacious” cyber attack, the company has said, but AP reports that the US Defence Department says the damage is minimal.

9. #GERMANY: Ten people have died in Germany as a result of an E.coli outbreak which has been traced to cucumbers. Deutsche Welle reports that the outbreak is the largest to ever strike the country.

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