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The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Nine things to know this morning…

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

1. #RIOTS: Rioting spread to more parts of England last night as people took to the streets of Manchester, Nottingham, West Bromwich, Gloucester, Liverpool and Birmingham. Much less violence was reported in London as 16,000 police officers patrolled the city. Police in Birmingham have launched a murder inquiry after three men who were struck by a car died from their injuries.

2. #JOBS: The government says that up to 445 new jobs could be created across 24 new companies which received support from Enterprise Ireland in the second quarter of this year.

3. #MARKETS: The Asian markets have rebounded somewhat this morning after what has been a very bad week of trading for them, the New York Times reports. The rebound follows the US Federal Reserve’s statement yesterday evening that it is likely to keep interest rates low for the next two years to aid recovery.

4. #BOI: Bank of Ireland has reported pre-tax losses of €556 million for the first half of this year. Impairments on bad property and construction loans reached €386 million for the period. The bank insists that its loan losses are going down overall, but expects residential mortgage arrears to increase in the coming 12 months.

5. #RACE FOR THE ÁRAS: Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has pledged his party’s support for broadcaster Gay Byrne, if he should choose to run in the presidential election, the Examiner reports. However, Byrne told the paper that if he runs, it would be as an independent candidate.

6. #SYRIA: Syrian leader Bashar Assad is refusing to scale down his government’s crackdown on political dissent. When meeting the Turkish foreign minister yesterday, the Syrian president said he would continue to “relentlessly fight terrorist groups”, according to the Guardian.

7. #LIBYA: Libyan state TV has reportedly shown footage of Colonel Gaddafi’s son Khamis, who rebels claimed was killed during a NATO air strike last week, Al Jazeera reports. The video clips apparently shows Khamis visiting injured people in hospital and was allegedly recorded yesterday.

8. #FACEBOOK THREAT: The loosely-organised hacking group Anonymous has warned it will attack Facebook in a major assault on 5 November, according to Business Insider. Members of the group claim to have been behind recent attacks on the websites of credit card companies and US security organisations.

9. #OOPS: ‘Mentalist of the Year’ Keith Barry blacked out on stage at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre last night during a stunt which he says went a bit too far. The Independent reports that the stunt involved asking two audience members to tie him up with rope and cover his head in cling film.

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