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Nine things to know this morning…

EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.

1. #GREECE Antonis Samaras, Greece’s main opposition leader is to meet the country’s president today, as efforts continue to break political deadlock. Samaras is calling for a snap election, while the prime minister George Papandreou insists that elections must wait until after a second bailout package is agreed.

2. #FIRE A man has died in a house fire in Drumcondra in Dublin. RTÉ reports that four men were rescued from the blaze at the house on St. Joseph’s Avenue, but emergency servics were unable to reach a fifth man who was in an upstairs bedroom.

3. #CRASH Police in Somerset in England are continuing to search for the bodies of victims of the M5 motorway crash on Friday evening. The Guardian reports that while the official death toll stands at seven, the number of injured has risen to 51. It’s thought that a number of bodies remain in vehicles, many of which burst into flames.

4. #NIGERIA The Boko Haram sect has claimed responsibility for attacks in the northeastern city of Damaturu in Nigeria, which has left at least 60 people dead. The group has warned of further attacks and says it wants to impose Islamic law in the country, while the BBC reports that the death toll could be as high as 100.

5. #REFERENDUM The Sunday Independent reports today on comments made by the justice minister Alan Shatter, blaming former attorneys general for throwing a “grenade” three days before the vote on Oireachtas inquiries. Shatter has questioned the lateness of the AGs’ letter to newspapers on 24 October, which urged voters to say ‘No’.

6 #COWEN An RTÉ documentary due to be broadcast tomorrow night will see former cabinet ministers criticise the rushing through of the bank guarantee scheme in September 2008. The Sunday Business Post reports that Fianna Fáil ministers are pointing the finger at Brian Cowen, while the likes of Mary Hanafin and Willie O’Dea have said that they were given no alternative when the decision was made at 1.45am.

7. #MTV EMAS Belfast is bracing itself for an onslaught of stars as the city prepares to host the MYV European Music Awards tonight. The awards will take place across three venues  - including the Odyssey Arena and outside Belfast City Hall. The Belfast Telegraph reports that both of the city’s airports are on standby for the arrival of private jets, with Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Red Hot Chili Peppers all set to arrive.

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8. #DON’T IT MAKE MY BROWN EYES…. BLUE ? A doctor in California is claiming that he’s got the technology to turn brown eyes blue, using lasers. KTLA reports that Dr. Gregg Homer has been working on the technology for ten years, and that the procedure can change the colour permanently, without any tissue damage.

9. #SUNRISE Finally, it’s a chilly morning out there, but TheJournal.ie reader @windgirl was on the ball to catch this beautiful image in Co Clare this morning, looking over to Lahinch from Liscannor:

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