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

1. #RIOTS: After four nights of rioting and looting, English cities remained relatively calm last night. A group of around 200 men claiming to be protecting local businesses clashed with police in Eltham, London, prompting police to warn against ‘vigilantism’. British parliament has been recalled from its break to meet today and David Cameron will address the Commons over the riots.

2. #ROSCOMMON: The private medical files of dozens of patients have been found in a bin at Roscommon County Hospital. RTÉ reports that the files are thought to relate to a different hospital and says that the discovery has been reported to gardaí.

3. #ABUSE: The Archbishop of Cashel has called all Cloyne priests to meet next month and discuss the findings of the Cloyne Report, which were published last month. Meanwhile, the Examiner reports that a new report into allegations of clerical abuse in Raphoe, Co Donegal, is expected to show that hundreds of children were abused by 20 priests over a 40-year period.

4. #MARKETS: Asian markets fell overnight on fears over the condition of France’s banks and renewed concern over eurozone stability, Reuters reports.

5. #MARRIAGE: In its annual report, the Accord Christian marriage counselling service says that couples are increasingly concerned about the time their partner is spending online.

6. #SOUTH AFRICA: A British man whose wife was murdered while the couple was on honeymoon in South Africa in November 2010 can be extradited to face trial at a South African court, the Australian reports. However, Shrien Dewani’s extradition has to be approved by the British Home Secretary Theresa May.

7. #SYRIA: Syrian President Bashar Assad has admitted his security forces made some ‘mistakes’ in their treatment of pro-reform protesters. However, his government’s envoy to the UN yesterday complained about Western hypocrisy in denouncing the Syrian crackdown, Al Jazeera reports.

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8. #FACEBOOK THREAT: There seem to be some crossed wires among the Anonymous cyber-hacking group. After a video statement threatening to “kill Facebook” was issued on behalf of the group earlier this week, one member now claims that the threat was all a big misunderstanding, Gawker reports.

9. #AUSTRALIA: The president of a Hells Angels biking group in Sydney is in need of some friends, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. Felix Lyle, 54, has been charged with fraud offences. Despite his bail being reduced from AUS$100,000 to AUS$20,000, no one has come forward with an offer to pay.

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