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Sunday 4 June 2023 Dublin: 18°C
The 9 at 9 Nine things to know this morning…

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

1. #RIOTING: Over 100 people were arrested in Birmingham last night as a third day of rioting in London spread to other cities. Police in Bristol and Liverpool warned people not to approach certain parts of those cities as groups of rioters took to the streets, burning cars and looting shops. Prime Minister David Cameron will hold an emergency meeting today with security chiefs over the rioting.

2. #MARKETS: The Asian markets are down again on opening this morning, after a difficult two days of global trading. Meanwhile, oil prices have fallen to their lowest point in almost a year, hitting $78 a barrel on fears the US will slip into recession. Ben Bernanke of the US Federal Reserve is expected to make a statement on the market situation later today.

3. #WARNING: A coroner has warned people against intentionally entering the River Liffey, following the death of 24-year-old Vincent Lynch from Bailieborough, Co Cavan after he jumped into the river as a “stunt”. The Irish Times reports that  his friends told the inquest that Lynch was an “adrenaline junkie” who had previously jumped into the River Corrib while studying at NUIG.

4. #STRAUSS-KAHN: The chambermaid who accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault at her employers’ hotel in New York is bringing a civil suit against him for undisclosed damages.

5. #RORY: Top Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy says he has hired security guards to guard his house at night since winning the US Open. The Irish Daily Mail (print edition) reports that McIlroy said people have been driving up his driveway, and he thinks it will take a bit of getting used to “that other side” of fame.

6. #STRIKE: A German air traffic controllers’ strike set for this morning has been called off after the controllers’ employers agreed to enter mediation talks at the last minute, according to the AP.

7. #SYRIA: Turkey’s foreign minister travels to Syria today to deliver a “decisive” message from its prime minister Tayyip Erdogan to Damascus, Reuters reports. Erdogan is among the world leaders calling on the Syrian government to stop attacking civilians protesting for political reform. Syria is being increasingly cut off by its neighbours over its crackdown on dissent.

8. #ROADS: The Irish Independent reports that the government is suspending over 40 planned road projects due to public spending cutbacks. Of these, 32 involve primary routes.

9. #UNDEAD: One US woman was surprised to discover recently that a newspaper article about her high school reunion had included her among its list of seven murdered classmates. Speaking to the Tri-City Herald, Cheri Schumann: “I’m happy and healthy and kicking. I’m not ready to be buried!”

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