Morning top 5: Comey to testify before the Senate; MI5 had file on Corbyn due to IRA links

The top stories this Saturday morning...

Former FBI boss James Comey, who was fired by Donald Trump, has agreed to testify publicly before a Senate Committee.

It's reported the US president described Mr Comey as a 'nut job' during a meeting with Russian diplomats.

The allegations continue to circle as Mr Trump begins his first trip abroad.

Jeff Goldberg - editor of American magazine The Atlantic - says that will be difficult.

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Reports suggest MI5 opened a file on Britain's Jeremy Corbyn because of his links to IRA terrorists.

The UK Labour leader has previously claimed his efforts to "reach out" to republicans were an effort to bring about peace in Northern Ireland.

The Metropolitan Police's Special Branch was also monitoring the Labour leader at around the same time, but it is unclear if the intelligence was shared.

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A magnitude-6 earthquake has struck the Philippines at a depth of 540 km

The China Earthquake Network says it hit around 9am local time.

There are no reports of any casualties.

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There are calls for a meeting of stakeholders in the gay and lesbian charity, GLEN, following a decision to wind it down.

A founding member of the group, Arthur Leahy, says he believes that's the wrong move.

The charity is to close following a review - over concerns about the use of funds and company credit cards.

Mr Leahy says he was not consulted at any stage of the process - and believes an alternative approach should be considered.

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Gardaí are continuing to question a man arrested in connection with the death of a woman in Kilkenny.

29 year old Rita Apine from Latvia died last Sunday after being found at the bottom of the stairs in her home in Freshford.

A man in his 30's was arrested as part of the investigation yesterday afternoon and he's being detained at Kilkenny Garda station.