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The 9 at 9 Nine things to know this morning…

EVERY MORNING, brings you nine things you need to know with your morning coffee…

1. #FRANCE: Police in France are currently engaged in an armed stand-off with a gunman suspected of killing three school children, a rabbi and two soldiers in a series of shootings last week.

2. #HOUSEHOLD CHARGE: One of the country’s biggest unions, Unite, has urged its 60,000 members not to pay the household charge. Regional secretary Jimmy Kelly said the union would stand “shoulder to shoulder” with non-payers.

3. #ENDA: Taoiseach Enda Kenny is on his way home from the States today after receiving glowing praise from US president Barack Obama last night. Obama told Kenny he had done “extraordinary work during a very difficult time”.

4. #WEXFORD: The man found dead in a Wexford house after lying undiscovered for up to three months has been named as Alan Moore, 62, according to the Irish Daily Mail. A post-mortem was due to be carried out yesterday.

5. #ASPIRIN: Taking one aspirin every day can help prevent cancer and may even assist in treating the disease, according to new studies. The painkiller also appears to cut the risk of cancer spreading around the body, the BBC reports.

6. #SYRIA: UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has warned of the growing seriousness of the conflict in Syria, saying it is now “the most troubling issue [...] for humanity”. His comments came as Human Rights Watch warned of torture and other abuses by opposition forces.

7. #SHANNONWORLD: The West could be set to gain a “Disney-style” theme park financed by US investors. The adventure park is among options being considered for a site next to Bunratty Castle, Co Clare, Shannon Development CEO Vincent Cunnane told the Irish Independent.

8. #EGGS-TRA: Enjoy an egg for breakfast? It could be setting you back a bit more very soon. The Irish Egg Association has warned that egg prices will increase significantly in the near future owing to changes in the way hens are kept, RTÉ reports.

9. #TATT’S MINE: If you’re prone to missing phone calls, this could be one for you. Nokia has revealed a new concept in which phone users would have a vibrating metallic tattoo on their skin alerting them to texts and calls, the BBC reports – adding that the mark could be placed on your arm, abdomen or fingernail.

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