Sunday's top 5: Double-murder investigation in New York; Conlan wins in Rio

The top stories on Sunday

The leader of a New York City mosque and an assistant have been shot dead by a gunman who managed to escape after the killings.

Imam Maulama Akonjee, 55, and 64-year-old Thara Uddin left the Al Furqan Jame mosque in the Ozone Park section of Queens shortly before 2pm on Saturday after afternoon prayers.

The pair were walking together along a street when the lone gunman approached them from behind and shot them in the head at close range, police said.

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A rising star of the Democratic Party has called for more immigration from Ireland, rebuking Donald Trump’s plan to deport millions of undocumented migrants from the US.

"I’m pro-immigration and I think we need more Irish immigration", Cory Booker told Newstalk from his home state, New Jersey.

If the Democrats are re-elected to govern in November, Booker says they'll change immigration laws; making them "rational," noting that the Irish experience is a perfect example of how immigration grows the economy.

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Workers on a North Korean building site have reportedly been given drugs in order to speed up the completion of a huge project.

In an effort to complete the construction of a 70-story high-rise apartment building and around 60 other structures on Pyongyang’s Ryomyung Street, project managers have resorted to extreme measures. 

Speaking to Radio Free Asia (RFA), a source in North Korea state the workers are being given a drug known as 'ice', or crystal meth, as a stimulant.

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Michael Conlan is through to the quarter-finals of the men's bantamweight division at Rio 2016.

The Belfast native defeated Armenia's Aram Avagyan on Sunday afternoon, and moves one win away from a guaranteed medal.

He now faces either Thailand's Chatchai Budtee or Russia's Vladimir Nikitin in the quarter-finals.

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A video released by the Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram appears to show some of the schoolgirls that were captured more than two years ago.

276 girls - mostly aged between 16 and 18 - were abducted from their school in Chibok in April 2014.

Around 50 managed to escape over the following few months.