Morning top 5: Trump demands tougher UN sanctions on North Korea; Garda safety under the spotlight; Two executed in Arkansas

The top stories this morning on Newstalk.com

 

US President Donald Trump has called for tougher new United Nation sanctions on North Korea, amid fears the country may test its sixth nuclear bomb this week.

President Trump told a meeting with the 15 UN Security Council Ambassadors at the White House that North Korea is a global threat and "a problem that we have to finally solve."

"The council must be prepared to impose additional and stronger sanctions on North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile programs," he said.

Separately the entire US Senate has been called to a rare briefing on the perceived threat in the White House from top Trump officials on Wednesday.

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The health and safety of Ireland’s Gardaí will come under the spotlight this morning as the Garda Representative Association begins its annual conference in Galway.

The GRA - representing over 10,500 rank-and-file Gardaí - is calling for an audit on the number and nature of assaults on its members, which frequently go unreported.

Among the motions for discussion over the next two days are firearms training, public order units, and the rules on Gardaí wearing beards.

The association are also calling for mandatory sentences for assaults on all emergency personnel.

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A US state has carried out the nation's first double-execution in 17 years.

Two inmates have been given lethal injections as Arkansas just days after the state ended a nearly 12-year hiatus on capital punishment.

Officials in Arkansas say Marcel Williams was put to death by lethal injection, hours after rapist and murderer, Jack Jones.

The state had planned to carry out eight executions within an 11-day period, before stocks of the drug used expire.

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French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has announced she will temporarily step down as the leader of the National Front party to focus on her presidential bid.

Ms Le Pen was one of two candidates to make it through the first round vote yesterday, and will face off against centrist Emmanuel Macron in the second round in two weeks.

In comments on French television translated by BBC, Ms Le Pen announced she will now be "above partisan considerations."

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A new framework is being launched today, to help revitalise towns and villages all around the country.

The plan for Town Centre Renewal will be launched in Sligo by Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor.

It will set out a practical step-by-step guide for towns and villages to work in collaboration with the Department, to enhance their local area.