Morning top 5: Government set for grilling over Magdalene Laundries; Russia facing new US sanctions; Corbett trial continues

The top stories this morning on Newstalk.com

A neighbour of Jason Corbett has told the trial of his wife Molly Martens that he saw no hint of anything wrong between the couple just hours before the Limerick man was killed.

He told the jury in a North Carolina murder trial that they had both mowed their lawns that evening and later shared a few beers.

Meanwhile, two paramedics have told the trial, that Mr Corbett’s body felt cool as they tried to revive him.

Mr Corbett's wife Molly Martens Corbett and his father-in-law Thomas Martens both deny a second degree murder charge.

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The Government is set to be quizzed by the UN committee on torture today.

A 20-person-strong Irish delegation will answer questions over the Magdalene Laundries, industrial schools and mother and baby homes.

The delegation has been appearing in Geneva to discuss the progress it has made since 2011 on the implementation of the Geneva Convention against Torture.

They have also faced questions about Ireland's abortion laws and are due to report back in a session this afternoon.

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A monument to honour two Gardaí killed in the line of duty will be unveiled in county Roscommon today.

Detective Garda John Morley and Garda Henry Byrne lost their lives on July 7th 1980, after intercepting armed bank robbers just outside the village of Loughglynn.

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan will join the Byrne and Morley families for the ceremony this afternoon.

Three men, Peter Pringle, Patrick McCann, and Colm O'Shea, were convicted of the murders of the two Gardaí and were sentenced to 40 years in prison.

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The US Senate has voted overwhelmingly for new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea – despite Donald Trump's objections.

The bill will now be sent to the White House for the president to sign into law or veto.

It puts him in a tough position by forcing him to take a hard line on Moscow, or reject the legislation and risk angering his own party.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has repeatedly denied any Moscow interference in the 2016 Presidential election, has threatened retaliation against the legislation.

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President Trump's new communications director has tweeted saying he "made a mistake in trusting a reporter", after scathing comments about his colleagues were published.

The New Yorker has quoted Anthony Scaramucci making crude remarks about the president's chief strategist Steve Bannon, and calling chief of staff Reince Priebus a "paranoid schizophrenic."

Mr Scaramucci has promised it "won't happen again."