Evening top 5: Molly and Thomas Martens sentenced for murder; Tensions rising over North Korea; New alliance to tackle fall in HPV vaccinations

The top stories this evening on Newstalk.com

Molly and Thomas Martens sentenced to minimum of 20 years for murder of Jason Corbett 

Thomas Martens and Molly Martens have been sentenced to between 20 and 25 years in prison for the murder of Irish man Jason Corbett.

Molly Martens Corbett and Thomas Martens

A jury found them guilty of second degree murder earlier.

The nine women and three men were sent out by the judge on Tuesday to consider their verdict in the death of the Limerick native.

After deliberating for three hours and 20 minutes, a verdict of guilty of second degree murder was delivered.

Concerns raised as North Korea dispute grows "increasingly confrontational"

The Minister for Justice has hit out at the language used by the leaders of North Korea and the United States as tensions continue to rise.

This morning, North Korea said it was “carefully examining” a plan to strike the US territory of Guam with ballistic missiles.

The threat came hours after US President Donald Trump warned Pyongyang that any threat would be met with “fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.”

Later, President Trump tweeted that America’s nuclear arsenal is “far stronger and more powerful than ever before.”

Man arrested after driving car at soldiers in Paris suburb

Police in France have shot and arrested a man after he rammed a car into a group of soldiers in western Paris before speeding off.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe confirmed the arrest of the 37-year-old man, who was stopped after a chase on a motorway north of Paris.

"A suspect who was driving the car involved in the attack has been arrested on the highway between Paris and Boulogne-sur-Mer," said Mr Philippe.

One policeman was wounded by a stray bullet during the arrest, which took place on the A16 motorway near Marquise, close to the ports of Boulogne-Sur-Mer and Calais.

Families in emergency accommodation 'relying on takeaways and fast food'

Homelessness is having a stark impact on the nutrition of families, a homelessness charity is warning.

A new report from Focus Ireland highlights the difficulties families in emergency accommodation are facing in accessing healthy meals.

The lack of cooking & storage facilities available to families, as well as restrictions on communal kitchen facilities, mean some families have to rely on fast food or basic meals such as noodles and instant pasta.

Food poverty expert Dr Michelle Share from Trinity College explained: “It’s not just about food and nutrition: families have to rely on takeaways and convenience foods.

New alliance to tackle "unsubstantiated concerns" over HPV vaccine

Over 30 Irish organisations have come together to form an alliance aiming to boost the uptake of the HPV vaccine.

The HPV Vaccination Alliance includes a range of leading health groups and organisations advocating women’s and children’s rights.

It has been set up ahead of the school year and will call on parents and teenagers to examine the facts surrounding the life-saving vaccine.

The groups have come together to sign a ‘Contract against Cancer’ after the HSE warned that a misinformation campaign has seen a huge drop in the uptake of the vaccine among teenage girls.