Evening top 5: Paul O'Donovan wins gold; ISIS video shows children killing prisoners

Saturday's top stories

Olympic silver medalist Paul O'Donovan has won gold in the World Rowing Championships this morning in Rotterdam.

The Skibbereen native finished first in the final of the lightweight single sculls in the Netherlands this morning, less than two weeks just two weeks after success in Rio where he finished second in the lightweight double sculls with his brother, Gary.

O'Donovan pulled away in the final 500m of the race to win comfortably in the end and cap a remarkable month for the Cork native.


The Islamic State has released a new video appearing to show five children killing Kurdish prisoners.

The footage allegedly taken in Syria shows the five boys, one of whom is identified as a Briton, shooting five kneeling men in orange jumpsuits.

The identity of the boy, who is white and appears to be about 11 years old, has not been verified.


Businessman Richard Branson said he thought he was going to die after being thrown off his bike in an accident on a Caribbean island.

The Virgin Group CEO said he hit a speed bump while cycling with his two children, causing him to fly head-first onto a concrete road. 

He was left with a cracked cheek and some torn ligament after the crash, which happened on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands on Monday.


Mourners wept and held each other this afternoon during a state funeral for some of the victims of the Italian earthquake.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and President Sergio Mattarella were at the service for 35 people from the tiny hillside villages of Arquata and Pescara del Tronto.

The death toll from Wednesday's 6.2-magnitude quake now stands at 290.


Kevin Mallon, the Irish executive being detained in Brazil over alleged ticket touting, is reportedly set to be released from prison on bail later today.

The THG Sports employee will be allowed to leave Rio's Bangu jail following a judgement by the Supreme Court in Brazil, according to RTÉ.

He was arrested along with a colleague earlier this month as part of a Brazilian police investigation into the alleged illegal resale of Rio 2016 tickets.