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Dublin: 9 °C Tuesday 31 March, 2020

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Nine things to know this morning…

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EVERY MORNING, brings you nine things you need to know before 9am…

1. #JAPAN: People have gathered in silence across Japan this morning to mark the anniversary of last year’s earthquake and tsunami, which killed 19,000 people. These pictures show the aftermath of the tremor, while this incredible animation demonstrates how the debris will spread around the world.

2. #ANGLO: Payments of billions in promissory notes over the Anglo Irish Bank debt could be postponed for years by the Troika to ease pressure on Ireland, according to the Sunday Business Post which says the proposal is contained in an EU/ECB/IMF policy document.

3. #HOUSEHOLD CHARGE: Utility bills from third-party companies such as the ESB may be used by the Government to identify and track down people who have not paid the household charge, the Sunday Times reports.

4. #CRASH: An Irish man in his early 20s has been killed in Australia, RTÉ reports. The man from Ardrahan, Co Galway is said to only have been in the country for five weeks.

5. #PENSIONS: TDs and Senators who lost their seat but regain it in future will be exempt from pension cuts being drawn up for new public service entrants – unlike all other workers who leave the sector and then rejoin it, according to the Sunday Times.

6. #SYRIA: UN envoy Kofi Annan will hold a second round of talks with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in Damascus today in an attempt to broker an end to the violence, the Associated Press reports. Assad yesterday launched a fresh assault on rebel strongholds in the north of the country.

7. #FRACKING: As the debate over fracking in Ireland continues, the former mayor of Dish, Texas has told about the huge impact shale gas extraction had on his small town – and why he moved his family away after his children started getting nosebleeds.

8. #BIN LADEN: Was Osama bin Laden’s hiding place in Pakistan given away by a jealous wife? A Pakistani investigator has suggested that an older wife of bin Laden betrayed the location of their compound intentionally after becoming jealous of a younger woman, AFP reports.

9. #FACEBOOK: A 12-year-old schoolgirl is suing her school in Minnesota after allegedly being forced to reveal her Facebook password to staff, CNN reports. The girl says she was targeted after criticising school employees on her profile page.

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