Morning top 5: Earthquake hits Italy; US Secretary of State arrives in Ireland today

The top stories this morning on Newstalk.com

A powerful earthquake has hit central Italy this morning.

It's centred on the same area where a devastating tremor claimed hundreds of lives earlier this year.

The quake is said to measure 7.1 on the Richter scale.

The scale of the damage and the number of injuries is not yet known.

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US Secretary of State, John Kerry, arrives in Ireland today.

He's being award the Tipperary Peace Prize for his efforts to end conflicts in a number of countries.

While here Mr Kerry will meet Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan and join talks on Northern Ireland, Syria and Brexit.

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One in three shoppers plan to head North of the border for their Christmas presents.

Since the Brexit vote, Sterling has slumped and consumers are cashing in on the weak exchange rate to Euro.

However, the Sunday Business Post is warning that the exodus could see VAT returns dip in the Republic.

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The Dublin City Marathon takes place today.

It's the first time in the history of the race that it's being held on Sunday instead of a Bank Holiday Monday. Gardai are warning motorists to be aware of road closures around the city from early morning.

There is a detailed traffic management plan surrounding the course. with gardai advising people to use public transport where possible.

The first wave is off at 08:55 and the race finishes by 4.30pm.

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Three astronauts have landed safely in Kazakhstan after a 115-day mission on board the International Space Station.

The Russian Soyuz capsule launched in July.

During their time in space, the crew performed hundreds of experiments including the first use of a DNA sequencer.