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Nine things you should know this morning…

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

1. #EUROZONE Leaders of the 27 EU nations including our own Enda Kenny are holding crunch talks in Brussels today aimed at solving the ongoing sovereign debt crisis in the region. It is hoped a deal can be reached to prevent contagion from the Greek crisis spreading to the likes of Spain and Italy which has been asked to provide details of its plans to get a handle on its debt and boost growth.

2. #RACE FOR THE ÁRAS It’s the final day of campaigning for the seven candidates who want to be president. Here’s where they will be today. A moratorium will kick in at 2pm meaning the election cannot be discussed on broadcast media. It may well be welcomed by poll frontrunner Seán Gallagher as the controversy over a €5,000 donation he is alleged to have received on behalf of Fianna Fáil rumbles on.

3. #FLOODS Public transport services are by-and-large back to normal this morning with no major disruptions on the roads as result of Monday’s heavy rain which caused flooding in parts of Dublin.

4. #TURKEY An 18-year-old university student has been pulled from the ruins of an apartment building in earthquake-hit eastern Turkey 61 hours after the quake struck. He is the latest survivor to be pulled from the rubble and it comes after a 14-day-old baby was miraculously plucked from the ruins yesterday.

5. #SEIZURE Cannabis herb, cannabis resin and ecstasy tablets were among a €500,000 drug seizure carried out by Gardaí in Co Louth last night. An unspecified quantity of ammunition was also seized as an investigation gets underway.

6. #DUBLIN WEST As well as two referendums and the presidential election, tomorrow also sees voters in Dublin West vote to fill the seat vacated by the death of Brian Lenihan earlier this year. We’ve been looking at the 13 men and women battling for a place in the Dáil.

7. #BOEING It could be the longest flight delay in aviation history but three years after planned, the Boeing Dreamliner has taken off on its maiden commercial voyage from Tokyo to Hong Kong this morning, BBC News reports. The All Nippon Airlines plane is said to be 20 per cent more fuel efficient and more comfortable for passengers, check out some videos of the interior.

8. #OCH-EYE-SIRI Scottish users of Apple’s new voice recognition software Siri, which features on the iPhone 4s, have been left frustrated by its inability to understand their accents. The Times (subscription required) reports that users are being habitually dumbfounded by the phone’s response. When they say for example: “Gonnae no dae that” (“Don’t do that”), Siri will respond by asking, “Did you mean ‘Going Akila?”.

9. #STAY Bono has revealed that U2 could split up next year according to the Irish Daily Mirror today. The rock frontman has said it is possible we won’t be hearing from the band from next year. And we always thought Bono, The Edge, Larry and Adam would be together Until The End Of The World


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