Evening Top 5: Mexico shaken by powerful earthquake; Trump threatens to 'totally destroy' North Korea; Rents increase by 6.6%

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Mexico shaken by powerful earthquake

At least five people have been killed after a powerful earthquake shook southern Mexico.

Witnesses say the 7.1 magnitude tremor caused buildings to sway in the capital Mexico City.

Thousands of people have been forced onto the streets by the force of the quake.

Panicked workers fled from office buildings and clouds of dust rose up from the crumbling facades of damaged buildings after the tremor struck.

 

Donald Trump tells UN that 'rocket man' Kim Jong-un is 'on a suicide mission'

US President Donald Trump has said the US will have no choice but to "totally destroy" North Korea if his country has to defend itself or its allies from an attack.

This afternoon, President Trump addressed the UN General Assembly in New York - his first address to the annual gathering of world leaders.

After reiterating his 'America First' approach, the US President turned to some of his favoured international topics - including migration, North Korea and Iran.

On the subject of North Korea, he hit out at leader Kim Jong-un as a 'rocket man on a suicide mission.'

Gardaí treating fire that hospitalised mother and children as suspicious

A mother and her eight-year-old son are in a critical condition after a fire in Inchicore in Dublin on Monday night.

Gardaí say they are now treating the fire as suspicious.

Two of the woman's other children were injured in the blaze, which broke out at a flat on Tyrone Place at around 11.00pm last night.

Three units of Dublin Fire Brigade attended the scene, where they rescued the woman aged in her 30s and three children.

 

Average rental price increased by 6.6% in year to June

Two new areas - Drogheda and Greystones - have been designated as Rent Pressure Zones (RPZ).

It comes as new figures from the RTB show that average rents across the country increased by 6.6% in the 12 months up until the end of June.

The board's latest report shows that the average national rent in the second quarter of this year was €1,017 - up from €954 in the same period last year.

After a very minor increase in the first quarter of the year, rents increased by 2.9% between April and June.

Ryanair offers pilots €12,000 bonus to forgo annual leave

Ryanair has confirmed it has offered pilots bonuses of up to €12,000 if they agree to give up annual leave entitlements.

It is seen as a move to plug gaps in its flight schedule, which will see up to 50 flights cancelled per day for several weeks.

A number of flights to and from Dublin have been affected by the latest round of cancellations.

Six flights to and from the capital are among several affected on Tuesday - including services to Berlin, Glasgow and Krakow.