Morning top 5: Belfast shooting, Russian athletes' ban and hospital parking row

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A man believed to be a leading member of a loyalist paramilitary group has been shot dead in north Belfast.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said he was shot in the Sunningdale Gardens area, off Ballysillan Road, at around 9.50pm.

Stormont First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness have both condemned the killing.


Russian Minister of Sport Vitaly Mutko has said that the decision to ban the country from the Paralympics in Rio is "beyond belief". 

It comes after the International Olympic Committee chose not to give the country's athletes a blanket ban following the doping scandal.

"It's an unprecedented decision. I don't understand what it's based on," the minister told R-Sport news agency.


Staff at St James's Hospital in Dublin will face parking chaos today after over 300 car parking spaces were removed from its grounds.

The union representing nurses said some members are seeking employment elsewhere as a result. 

The loss of spaces is related to the beginning of work on the new Children's Hospital.


Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has told a rally of more a million people that he would back the return of the death penalty if parliament voted for it.

The rally followed last month's failed attempt to bring down Turkey's government.

Since the coup bid, Turkish authorities have suspended, detained or placed under investigation tens of thousands of people, including soldiers, police, judges, journalists, medics and civil servants.


US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has an eight-point lead over Donald Trump in a major new poll.

The survey for the Washington Post and ABC News gives Mrs Clinton 50% support among registered voters.

Her opponent, who has struggled through a series of recent campaign blunders, stands at 42%.