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Nine things you need to know this morning…
Nov 3rd 2011, 8:24 AM 2,369 7

EVERY DAY, brings you nine things you should know with your morning cup of coffee.

1. #G20 The leaders of the G20 group of nations are to meet in Cannes today amid growing concern about the Greek debt crisis and its effect on the entire Eurozone. In further political turmoil, the Greek Finance Minister has said he will oppose a planned referendum on the country’s second bailout. It’s a referendum which the French president believes should decide Greece’s very membership of the Eurozone.

2. #ENDA The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he will address the nation prior to the December budget to outline the fiscal and economic position of the country with as much as €4 billion worth of spending adjustments set to be carried out. Kenny’s comments at the Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting last night are in keeping with his election pledge that “Paddy likes to know what the story is”.

3. #ENVIRONMENT The Environment Minister Phil Hogan is to announce what the Irish Times says is a radical shift in climate change policy today signalling that a climate change bill is not a priority of this government as it was for the last one. Hogan has also said he will not set sectoral targets for emission reductions, the paper reports.

4. #OCCUPY OAKLAND Thousands of anti-capitalist protesters in the Californian city of Oakland have shut down one of America’s busiest ports. The Occupy Oakland movement stopped traffic at a junction where a military veteran was seriously injured in clashes with police last week and as city workers joined the strike, the port’s operations have effectively been halted, BBC News reports.

5.  #LIAM ADAMS The brother of Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams is to appear at a court in Belfast today to faces charges of rape, gross indecency and indecent assault relating to the alleged abuse of his daughter, BBC News reports. Liam Adams was extradited from the Republic yesterday after recently losing an appeal at the High Court.

6. #HARVARD As many as 60 students participated in a walk-out from a Harvard University economics class to join the Occupy protests. They said in a letter to their lecturer that they were unhappy “with the bias inherent in this introductory economics course”. The lecturer, Professor Greg Mankiw, a former advisor to George W Bush, argued he left his “politics at the door” when he entered class, CNN Money reports.

7. #IRAN Britain’s armed forces are reported to be stepping up plans for potential military action against Iran amid growing international concern about the country’s nuclear enrichment programme. The Guardian reports that if the US decides to pursue any action, the UK will support it. It follows reports from Israel that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is also considering strikes against Iran.

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8.  #FACEBOOK FIRE Detectives in the Iowa city of Des Moines suspect that a woman may have set fire to her friend’s house because of an argument over an event set up on Facebook. Jennifer Christine Harris was charged with first-degree arson and is being held at a local jail, reports the Des Moines Register.

9. #BERLUSCONI The Eurozone debt crisis is not only dominating the G20 summit and causing worldwide anxiety, it has now delayed the release of Silvio Berlusconi’s collection of love songs, according to the Guardian. The Italian Premier’s album True Love, a collaboration with guitarist Mariano Apicella, had been due for release in September but fans could now have to wait until the end of this month.

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