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The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Nine things you should know this morning, including: an Irish teenager remains in custody over alleged hacking, Government to publish progress report, and Mitt Romney secures a lead – just – in the US Republic presidential race.

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you should know with your morning coffee…

1. #HACKING: A 19-year-old remains in Garda custody this morning after being arrested following an international investigation into the activities of the LulzSec hacking operation. It is believed that the teenager, who remains in custody at Terenure Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, is being held in connection with charges filed by the FBI against five people in the United States yesterday.

Among the five people charged by the FBI is another 25-year-old with an address in Galway, who is charged with two counts of ‘computer hacking conspiracy’.

2. #REPORT: The Government will today publish an evaluation of its first year in office, reporting on progress made and outlining priorities for the coming year, RTÉ reports. However, the Taoiseach said he will not be making public so-called “report cards” on the performance of individual ministers.

3. #KILDARE: Two men have died and another two have been seriously injured in a shooting in Kildare, which occurred last night. The four victims were at a house in the Rochford housing estate in Kilcock village, when they were attacked at around 10.20pm.

4. #HEP C: A support group for women infected with hepatitis C in Ireland as a result of contaminated blood products has called on the HSE to fund the most up-to-date and effective treatments for its members. New drugs – telaprevir and boceprevir – have proved effective in other countries, but are yet to be included in the HSE’s drugs reimbursement list, Positive Action says.

5. #MURDER: A man in his late 20s has been charged with the murder of pensioner Edward Boylan, in Kimmage in south Dublin on 7 January. The body of the 74-year-old, who had been stabbed in the chest, was discovered after the fire service were alerted to a blaze at the Ravensdale Close retirement complex which gardaí say was started maliciously.

6. #US 2012: Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has extended his lead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination after the ‘Super Tuesday’ votes, after winning five out of ten states – including Ohio. However, the race is not over: Romney’s main rival Rick Santorum also polled strongly, taking three states.

7. #SYRIA: The UN Security Council has met to discuss a draft resolution by the United States calling on the Syrian authorities to end violence against the country’s citizens. The draft, which stops short of calling for President Bashar Assad to step down, has been criticised as “too weak” by some western envoys, Reuters reports.

Meanwhile, an Oireactas Committee on Foreign Affairs is also to discuss the “dire situation” in Syria at a meeting later today.

8. #BRAZIL: The Brazilian economy is booming and has now overtaken that of the UK, according to the National Institute of Economic and Social Research. The Latin American country’s economy grew by 2.7 per cent last year, making it the sixth-largest in the world, reports the BBC.

9. #BELOW THE BELT: Sexism can raise its head in the strangest of places, as Daily Telegraph journalist Emma Barnett discovered yesterday when she spotted the washing label on her partner’s trousers.

The label on chinos from men’s clothing shop Madhouse instructed would-be washers to clean the item in warm water and avoid chlorine bleach – but also suggested an alternative method: ”Give it to your woman, it’s her job.”

Classy.

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