Morning top 5: HSE on cyber attack; Comey won't testify; and Bus Éireann forum

The top stories this Saturday morning...

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has taken measures to protect its IT network amid a major cyber attack which is affecting up to 100 countries around the world.

Corporations and institutions have been affected by the ransomware which targets files and demands that a payment be made in order to unlock them.

Gardaí say there are no reports of any Irish victims.

But the HSE says, as a precautionary measure, it has cut its networks off from external use and has declared it a major incident.

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The former FBI director who was sacked by the US president has turned down an invitation to testify to politicians next week.

The Senate Intelligence Committee had hoped to hear from James Comey in a closed session.

Earlier, Donald Trump warned him not to speak to the media - tweeting that Mr Comey "better hope there are no 'tapes' of conversations before he starts leaking to the press".

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Hundreds of thousands of people have greeted Pope Francis in Portugal.

He is visiting pilgrims in Fatima, and today will declare two shepherd children saints.

It is 100 years since they reported seeing the Virgin Mary appear before them.

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An Ebola outbreak has been declared in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says three deaths are being linked to the virus, and it is taking the situation "very seriously".

The country suffered a three-month outbreak of Ebola in 2014 and although it was quickly contained, 49 people died.

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There is increasing pressure on the Transport Minister Shane Ross to establish a Bus Éireann stakeholder forum.

Members of the SIPTU and UNITE unions voted to accept a Labour Court recommendation yesterday, which contains a proposal for the measure.

However the NBRU ballot will not be known until next week.