Morning top 5: UN meets over Syria; arrest over US shooting; and 8th amendment fallout

The top stories this Sunday morning

UN chief Ban Ki-moon says he is appalled by the chilling military escalation in the besieged city of Aleppo.

More than 100 people are reported to have been killed since the Syrian army started a new push to take control of rebel held areas.

Around two million are without water.

The UN Security Council will hold an urgent meeting later to discuss the worsening situation there.

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Police in the US city of Charlotte have released footage of the fatal shooting of a black man which sparked protests there.

The videos show Keith Scott with his hands at his side before shots are fired.

Police say the 43-year-old had a gun - but his wife disputes that claim.

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Police in the US have arrested a suspect following a fatal shooting at a shopping centre in Washington state.

Five people died after a gunman opened fire at a department store in Burlington on Friday.

A prayer service has been held for the victims.

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Opposition parties are the biggest beneficiaries of the current Dáil arrangement, according to the latest opinion poll.

Today's Red C poll for the Sunday Business Post shows that support for Fine Gael has fallen by a point to 25, while the Independent Alliance is also down a point to 4%.

Fianna Fáil has also lost two points but remains the most popular party on 27%.

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Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger says the Government can no longer ignore the growing pro-choice movement.

Tens of thousands of people took part in the March for Choice in Dublin yesterday to call for free, safe and legal abortion in Ireland.

Pro-choice demonstrations were also held in a number of cities internationally including London, Paris, Berlin, New York and Melbourne.

Last week, the Taoiseach indicated that the issue of the 8th amendment will be discussed by the Citizens' Assembly which meets for the first time on October 15th.