Evening top 5: Death toll in Russia rises to 11; and potential Bus Éireann talks

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At least 11 people have been killed in a blast on the underground rail system in St Petersburg.

Dozens of people were also injured in the explosion which occurred between Sennaya Square and Technology Institute, two busy stations in the centre of the Russian city.

Citing law enforcement officials, Interfax said a suicide bomber was responsible for the blast.

The suspected bomber was a 23-year-old from central Asia who had links to radical Islamists, it added.

Following the blast, a second explosive device was found and deactivated at nearby Vosstaniya Square station.


One of the unions involved in the dispute at Bus Éireann has suggested strike action could be suspended ahead of potential new negotiations.

The Unite trade union has hinted it could lift its strike action if the company withdraws plans to unilaterally impose cost-cutting measures.

It comes amid renewed speculation that all parties could be invited back to the Workplace Relations Commission for a fresh round of talks aimed at ending the stand-off.

Strike action by over 2,500 workers at the company is now entering its 12th day.


The Tasmanian tiger, believed extinct for more than 80 years, may have been sported in northern Australia, with the country’s biologists launching a high-tech search to verify if any of the creatures have survived.

Also known as the thylacine, the tiger was a marsupial, like many of Australia’s indigenous fauna. Shaped like a wolf, with tiger stripes running the length of its abdomen, the thylacine has a kangaroo-like pouch for its young.


The White House has unveiled the first official portrait of First Lady Melania Trump.

The 46-year-old former professional model is seen striking an assertive pose in the photograph released today. Sporting a black ensemble with her arms crossed, Trump looks directly into the camera with a slight smile.

Information on the photographer or when the snapshot was taken has yet to be released.


Munster have confirmed that Ireland international CJ Stander will require further assessment on an ankle injury sustained in the European Rugby Champions Cup win over Toulouse.

The South African born back row scored a 48th minute try as Munster beat the French Top 14 side 41-16 at Thomond Park to seal their place in a semi final against Saracens on April 22nd.

However, Stander suffered an ankle sprain and was withdrawn with 15 minutes to play.

That injury will need to be assessed again.