Evening top 5: Tensions rise over North Korea; Deepening crisis in youth homelessness; Gardaí assaulted in Dublin

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North Korea threatens weekly missile tests

North Korea has warned that any military action taken against the country by the US will result in “all out war.”

The country’s vice foreign minister told the BBC that Pyongyang will step up its missile testing programme – despite increased international condemnation and rising tensions with the US.

"We'll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis," Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol told the BBC.

Pyongyang warned not to "test the resolve" of Donald Trump

The vice-president of the US has warned North Korea not to “test the resolve” of President Trump.

Mike Pence is on the first stop of a four-nation Asia tour to show support for America’s allies in the increasingly volatile region.

After a visit to the Demilitarised Zone between North and South Korea, Mr Pence said that "all options are on the table" to deal with the threat posed by Pyongyang - adding that any use of nuclear weapons by the reclusive regime would met with an "overwhelming and effective response."

Charity warns of rising crisis in youth homelessness

Homelessness charity Focus Ireland has warned that Ireland is facing a rising crisis in youth homelessness.

New figures show the number of 18 to 24-year-olds in difficulty has shot up by 78% in the last three years.

The Department of Housing figures reveal that 776 young people were homeless and in emergency accommodation in February.

It marks a huge increase from the earliest available figure of 436 which was recorded in April 2014.

Four killed in plane crash in Portugal

A small plane has crashed near a Lidl supermarket in Portugal, killing all four people on board.

The aircraft came down in a residential area outside Lisbon after taking off from a nearby airport.

Local TV is showing images of black smoke rising from the area.

Two Gardaí assaulted in Dublin overnight

Gardaí are investigating an overnight assault on two members of An Garda Síochána in Finglas, Co Dublin.

At approximately 1:50am this morning, a male Garda Sergeant and a female Garda approached a number of men at Aylward Green. One of these men assaulted the two Gardaí, with both members sustaining injuries.

The Sergeant received facial injuries and the Garda sustained a fractured wrist. Both members were taken to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown.