Morning top 5: Mass outage raises security questions; Canada trade deal; and ASTI dispute

The top stories this Saturday morning

The US Department of Homeland Security is investigating after millions of Internet users were affected by cyber attacks on several major websites.

They include Twitter, Paypal and Spotify - as well as other customers of Dyn. which acts as a switchboard for online traffic.

It is not yet clear who is behind the attacks - but Wikileaks has asked its supporters to stop if they are involved.

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Talks between the European Union and Canada over a trade deal are on the brink of collapse after a region in Belgium - with a population of just under four million people - opposed it.

Canada's trade minister walked out of the talks in Brussels, claiming the EU is not capable of signing a trade agreement.

The deal, which has taken seven years of discussions, was due to be signed next week.

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Islamic State fighters have attacked the city of Kirkuk in Northern Iraq killing at least 22 people.

It is being seen as an attempt to divert government and Kurdish forces who are trying to liberate the city of Mosul from IS control.

According to reports, up to 100 militants - some carrying grenades and wearing explosives vests or belts - were involved in the assault on the strategic city, around 170kms southeast of Mosul.

Firefights erupted across the city as security forces tried to regain control of buildings and streets.

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Secondary school teachers in the TUI have been directed not to undertake any work normally done by ASTI members who are involved in industrial action.

The first of seven work stoppages is due to take place next Thursday amid a long running row over pay.

The TUI says in cases where a school's teaching staff has dual-union membership, it is up to each individual Board of Management to decide whether or not to open the school on a strike day.

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A 27-year-old man remains in garda custody this morning, in connection with the seizure of stolen car parts, cigarettes, alcohol and cash in west Dublin yesterday.

Gardaí along with Revenue Custom Services, discovered a large amount of stolen car parts in a number of containers at a storage yard in CityWest.

Officers also discovered 200,000 cigarettes and 19 bales of tobacco with an estimated value of €130,000.

Over 100 bottles of champagne and a small sum of cash were also seized.