Evening top 5: Iran on watch; Brexit bill backed; US embassy protests

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The US has put Iran "on notice" after it test-fired a new ballistic missile, President Trump's national security adviser has said.

Retired US Army lieutenant general Michael Flynn said the Trump administration was taking a stand over the test "that put American lives at risk".

Earlier, Iranian defence minister Hossein Dehghan confirmed reports that Tehran launched a medium-range ballistic missile on Sunday, but said the test did not violate a UN Security Council resolution that bans Iran from developing missiles that can carry nuclear warheads.


MPs have overwhelmingly backed the bill to allow the Prime Minister to trigger Article 50 - the start of the formal process of leaving the EU.

In what was politicians' first chance to vote on the Brexit legislation, the House of Commons supported it despite opposition from the SNP, Liberal Democrats, 47 Labour rebels and one Tory MP, Ken Clarke.

It passed by 498 votes to 114, a majority of 384, and Britain's exit from the EU has now moved a step closer.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had ordered his MPs to back the bill but less than an hour before voting, two members of the shadow cabinet, Dawn Butler and Rachael Maskell, resigned so they could defy him.


The US embassy has issued a security message concerning planned protests outside the embassy tomorrow.

In the statement, the embassy says the exact number of participants is unknown, but say it may exceed 1,000 people.

"Even protests intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence", the statement reads. "Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations."

The statement concludes by warning US citizens to "be vigilant".


The manager of a luxury hotel in the Austrian Alps has revealed that it will reinstate traditional key locks on guest rooms after being blackmailed by hackers.

The husband-and-wife management team of the Romantik Seehotel Jägerwirt claimed that a recent infection with ransom software ended with a complete shutdown of the four-star hotel’s computer system, including the door locks. The couple had to pay roughly €1,500 in Bitcoin in order to restore their network.

The attack meant that new guests checking in were unable to access their rooms, and those who left their rooms were unable to re-enter them. All guests inconvenienced during the cyber attack were treated to champagne while the hotel management scrambled to restore order.


Cannabis worth an estimated €3.2 million has been seized in Co Meath.

Searches were carried out yesterday as part of an ongoing joint investigations between Gardaí and Revenue targeting organised crime groups in the Meath region.

At around 4pm yesterday, a number of people and vehicles were intercepted in the Ashbourne area. A local business was also searched.