Morning top 5: OCI probe, Boko Haram footage and Usain Bolt makes history

The top stories this Monday morning...

Minister for Sport Shane Ross has said the Olympic Council of Ireland refused his request to add independent members to its panel investigating the Rio ticket-touting scandal.

Mr Ross met last night with two representatives from the OCI, including President Pat Hickey.

He said the OCI declined to change its panel or answer any questions about the controversy due to legal issues.


SIPTU is to meet its members early this week to discuss the possibility of an all-out strike at Dublin Bus.

Workers at the state-owned company backed industrial action last week after rejecting an 8.25% pay rise recommended by the Labour Court.

The two unions representing staff had sought increases of up to 31% to bring them in line with wage terms secured by Luas drivers earlier this year. 


Boko Haram has released a video showing some of the over 200 schoolgirls they kidnapped from Chibok in April 2014.

The terror group has called on the Nigerian government to release Islamist prisoners in exchange for the girls.

Around 50 of the 276 of abducted children abducted from their classrooms appear in the footage. 


Usain Bolt has won the men's 100m final in Rio - becoming the first athlete to win three Olympic golds in the event.

The win - in a time of 9.81 seconds - took the sprinter a step closer to his goal of winning the "triple-triple" of gold in the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m relay in a third consecutive Olympics.

American Justin Gatlin took silver in 9.89 seconds, while Canada's Andre de Grasse won bronze in 9.91 seconds.


Authorities in Louisiana have called for federal emergency relief funds after floods killed three people and more than 7,000 others needed to be rescued.

Emergency crews pulled residents out of flooded homes, swamped cars and threatened medical facilities in cities and towns across the southern part of the state.

About 5,000 people were forced to sleep in shelters on Saturday night.