Morning top 5: Pat Hickey remains in Rio hospital following arrest; Irishman shot dead in Majorca

The top stories this Thursday morning...

Pat Hickey says he will step down temporarily following his arrest in Rio yesterday over the alleged ticket touting controversy.

The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) says Mr Hickey (71) is expected to remain in hospital with chest pains for a further 24 hours.

His condition is described as stable.

The OCI says Mr Hickey will continue to co-operate with all ongoing enquiries until the matter is resolved.

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Pat Hickey's arrest has prompted Sports Minister Shane Ross to cut short his trip to Rio and return to Dublin to consult with his officials and the Attorney General.

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Sport, Imelda Munster, says she wants to see more action from the Minister.

"Minister Ross must now act as quickly as he can and establish a separate external inquiry - an independent inquiry," she said.

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An Irishman has been killed in an apparent gangland attack in Majorca.

The victim was shot in the back last night.

Police in Majorca are understood to be hunting a number of possible assailants following the shooting.

Local reports say the victim, a man in his 30s, was with members of his family when the shooting happened around 9pm Spanish time.

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The Syrian government is being accused of crimes against humanity.

Amnesty International has released a report this morning detailing what it has described as the inhumane torture of detainees in prisons.

It says almost 18,000 people have died in Syrian jails since the conflict began five years ago - with an average of 300 deaths each month.

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60% of parents will get into debt to fund third-level education for their children according to a new survey.

The Irish League of Credit Unions has been looking at financial issues facing both students and parents.

It shows an increase in the number of college students living at home and working throughout the academic year to support themselves.