Evening top 5: US-Russian trust levels low; Ross has no regrets over feather boa backlash

These stories and more in Newstalk's top 5 from Wednesday

The US secretary of state says there is a "low level of trust" between Washington and Moscow and they "cannot have this kind of relationship".

Rex Tillerson gave his frank assessment at a news conference following two hours of talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin.

Mr Tillerson, who has also had talks with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, admitted that US-Russian ties were at a "low point" amid Moscow's continued support for President Bashar al Assad's regime in Syria.

He said there was a "low level of trust" and "the world's two foremost nuclear powers cannot have this kind of relationship".


The Minister for Transport Shane Ross said he doesn't regret attending a charity event where he was photographed wearing a feather boa during the ongoing Bus Éireann strike.

Earlier this week, photographs circulated on social media showing Ross, draped in a feather boa, at an event to raise funds for Naomh Olaf GAA Club in Sandyford last Saturday with television personality and model Amanda Brunker. 


The trial of a 35-year-old man accused of taking part in a tiger kidnapping in Drogheda collapsed earlier today.

Jonathan Gill of Malahide Road stood trial for robbery and the false imprisonment of the family of a postal worker in 2011.

The jury spent just under 14 hours over the past six days deliberating when a note from one of them was handed to the judge this morning.


Melania Trump has accepted damages and an apology over allegations about her work as a professional model.

The action was against Associated Newspapers, publishers of the Daily Mail.

An article published in the newspaper last August "included false and defamatory claims" about her "which questioned the nature of her work as a professional model, and republished allegations that she provided services beyond simply modelling", the court heard.


It has emerged that thousands of families will miss out on part of a new state childcare subsidy as a result of a delay to the IT system supporting the scheme.

Every family with a child under three-years-old is entitled to a universal payment of €12 per week from September under the government’s €19m Affordable Childcare Scheme which was announced last year.

The payment is for families availing of childcare by a Tusla registered childcare service – and is available to all income levels.