Morning top 5: Contingency plans prepared as Garda talks ongoing; FBI obtains warrant for Clinton investigation

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Contingency plans are being prepared ahead of next week's Garda strike as talks are ongoing.

The Association of Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) have been in contact with Department of Justice officials through the Workplace Relations Commission  on an 'ad-hoc' basis across the weekend and the Garda Representative Association (GRA) say they remain available for talks in a bid to find agreement.

Meanwhile, Garda HQ must still examine their options in the event that more than 12,000 Gardai go on strike on Friday.

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The UN special envoy for Syria says he is "appalled and shocked" that rebels in western Aleppo are targeting civilians in the city.

Staffan de Mistura says "relentless and indiscriminate" rocket attacks have killed scores of civilians in the past 48 hours - which could amount to war crimes.

On Friday, rebels began an offensive aimed at breaking the government siege of east Aleppo.

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More than 200 aftershocks have been felt in central Italy, following the country's most powerful earthquake in 36 years.

It struck the town of Norcia yesterday, with a magnitude measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale.

There have been no deaths reported following the earthquake.

Italy's Prime Minister has promised the money will be found for necessary repairs.

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The FBI has obtained a warrant to begin looking at the contents of Hillary Clinton's emails, as part of a fresh investigation.

According to The Wall Street Journal, it's focusing on around 650,000 emails found on the laptop of former congressman Anthony Weiner, who is married to one of Mrs Clinton's top aides.

Speaking at a rally in New Mexico, Donald Trump has again used the revelations to criticise his rival.

"How do you have that many emails? What, do you just sit down and type all day?" he said. "No wonder nothing gets done in this country."

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Almost four in ten Irish people would choose open borders and free trade with the UK over the EU, according to a major new poll out today.

However, 61% of people surveyed by 'Ireland Thinks' would still prefer to retain our existing relationship with the EU over a breakaway deal with the UK.

While the poll commissioned by the Irish Daily Mail confirms the Irish public are more pro-European than the British, the result offers a significant boost for those who argue that, post-Brexit, Ireland should ally with its nearest neighbour instead of mainland Europe.

A cross border controversy has erupted after the North's First Minister accused the Government of trying to 'poach' investment over Brexit.

Business interests here dispute this, with the Foreign Affairs Minister has contacting Stormont over the remarks, saying he's "surprised and concerned".