Morning top 5: Charity says people being 'priced out' of nursing homes; Security Council divided over North Korea response

The top stories this Thursday morning...

People are being priced out of nursing homes, according to Age Action.

New claims today suggest some residents are being forced to pay up to €100 a week in 'top up fees'.

There is also an allegation that some people with full medical cards face bills for 'doctor service'.

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The US says it is prepared to use force to stop North Korea becoming a nuclear-armed state.

It has told a UN Security Council meeting that recent missile tests are "closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution".

China and Russia, however, urged the Council to avoid 'economically strangling' the secretive state.

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Amnesty International is warning that 2017 will be the deadliest year yet in the central Mediterranean migration route.

It says the abuses faced by thousands of refugees fleeing Libyan detention centres are clearly linked to 'failing EU policies'.

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Gardaí have launched a murder investigation following the disappearance of man in the west of Ireland six years ago.

48-year-old Patrick Heeran was last seen in the Leitrim town of Mohill at 4.20pm on the 3rd of October 2011.

It is understood a search is being carried out in the surrounding areas and today Gardaí will launch a public appeal in the town.

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The Taoiseach is expected to address concerns on his ambitions for diversity today.

Leo Varadkar is due to open InspireFest in Dublin this morning - a festival dedicated to diversity and equality.

He has faced criticism for failing to achieve a gender balanced cabinet - and was given advice on the matter this week by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.