Evening top 5: Italy earthquake, ticketing inquiry and NI terror arrest

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At least 159 people dead after 6.2 magnitude earthquake hits Italy

At least 159 people have been killed and dozens more are missing after a strong earthquake struck central Italy, reducing ancient towns to rubble.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre said the epicentre was northeast of Rome, near Norcia in Umbria, while the US Geological Survey (USGS) put the magnitude at 6.2.

President Michael D Higgins and Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan have both extended their condolences to the Italian people.

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Inquiry into Olympics ticket controversy will go back as far as London 2012

Former High Court judge Mr Justice Carroll Moran has been appointed to lead the non-statutory inquiry into the Olympics ticket controversy.

The investigation will extend back as far the 2012 Games, and even further if required. 

Meanwhile, the OCI has said that it intends to appoint an international accountancy firm before the weekend to review ticketing arrangements for the Rio Olympics. 

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Royal Marine arrested in UK over suspected terror offences in Northern Ireland

A Royal Marine is being questioned by British detectives investigating Northern Ireland-linked terrorism.

It is understood the arrest is connected to two major dissident republican arms finds.

The 30-year-old serviceman was arrested in a pre-planned swoop in Somerset earlier today.

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Korean woman dies at direct provision centre in Cork

The death of a Korean woman at a direct provision centre in Cork is being treated as a personal tragedy, gardaí have confirmed.

The woman’s body was found at the Kinsale Road Accommodation Centre yesterday.

It is understood she had been receiving support services from Cork University Hospital.

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Scientists announce discovery of potentially habitable planet outside solar system

Scientists have announced the discovery of a rocky planet orbiting the closest star to our solar system.

The planet lies within the so-called “habitable zone” of the Proxima Centauri star and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface.

This means it could potentially support life, raising the possibility of future colonisation by humans.