Morning top 5: Cabinet to discuss 'Grace' inquiry; row between Malaysia and North Korea escalates

The top stories this Tuesday morning...

The Cabinet's due to sign off this morning on the terms for a state inquiry into the handling of the Grace case.

It is designed to establish exactly how Grace was left with her foster family in the first place, what monitoring there was of her placement, and the decisions made about how she was left there.

The Commission of Investigation will have six months to issue an interim report, and 12 months to finish its work.


The Dáil will tonight debate a bill which would reduce the penalty for illegal abortions to just €1.

The measure is being brought to the floor by the Anti-Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit.

The current law provides for jail terms of up to 14 years for anyone who procures an illegal abortion.


North Korea has barred Malaysians from leaving the country - triggering tit-for-tat action by Malaysia.

It marks a major escalation of the ongoing diplomatic row between the two countries, following the killing of the North Korean leader's half-brother Kim Jong-Nam at an airport.

Police in Kuala Lumpur investigating the murder have sealed off the North Korean embassy, amid reports that up to three suspects are hiding inside.


Air passengers traveling to France will experience more disruption today.

Ryanair says it has been forced to cancel flights because of an ongoing dispute by French air traffic controllers.

Travelers are also being advised that airlines flying over the country's airspace may also be affected.

The Irish airline says customers should check their website for updates.


A British backpacker who was allegedly raped and beaten during a two-month hostage ordeal in Australia has been rescued after a routine traffic stop by police.

Inspector Paul Hart said that police had been called after a driver had been unable to pay for petrol on Sunday.

The 22-year-old woman was at the wheel of the car and police noticed she was injured and in distress.