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Good morning. Here are nine things to know today.

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

1. #WINNING: Love/Hate was the big winner at last night’s Irish Film & Television Awards taking home six gongs, including Best Drama, Best Director and Best Actor. See the rest of the winners here.

2. #PSNI: Two men in their 20s remain in police custody in Northern Ireland in connection with the death of PSNI officer Constable Philippa Reynolds. The 27-year-old was killed when the unmarked car she was travelling in was hit by what is believed to be a stolen vehicle.

3. #STORM: A storm in northeast America left about 400,000 homes without power. Residents and emergency crews are now working to clear roadways and paths after the storm dumped about three feet of snow.

4. #WAR: The outgoing NATO commander in Afghanistan has said he believes the coalition is “on the road to winning” in the fight against the Taliban. US General Joseph Dunford assumed control of NATO forces in the country today, taking over from General John Allen as preparations are made for the withdrawal of combat troops.

5. #ABORTION: Mass goers in the Diocese of Elphin’s 37 parishes will hear calls from priests today asking public representatives to oppose the Government’s proposal to legislate for the X Case. The diocese’s council has also asked for people to observe the Fridays of Lent as special days of prayer and fasting for the intention of supporting the unborn.

6. #BANKING I: A sell-off of former Anglo loans relating to some of Ireland’s richest businessmen – including Denis O’Brien, Paddy McKillen and Gay Byrne – will begin on 1 July, according to the Sunday Independent.

7. #BANKING II: The Sunday Business Post reports that confidential documents uncovered by an RTÉ documentary show that the Central Bank sent accountants into Irish Nationwide in 2000 and 2005 because of concerns about its lending policies.

8. #HAPPY NEW YEAR: Fireworks and feasts were enjoyed across Asia overnight to mark the Lunar New Year, one of the most important holidays on the calendar. China ushered in the Year of the Snake with its annual TV gala variety show featuring Celine Dion.

9. #SUNDAY SPORT: Can the men replicate the women’s team victory yesterday when Ireland meet England at the Aviva Stadium later this afternoon? It’s a big day in the Six Nations and you can follow all the action over at TheScore.ie. If you can’t wait until 3pm for some rugby, there’s a little chat going on in this morning’s Open Thread.

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