Morning top 5: Coveney to outline policy plans; China purge crippled US intelligence; Man due in court over Kilkenny death

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Simon Coveney will set out his policy objectives in the campaign to become the next leader of Fine Gael this morning.

The housing minister sparked speculation that he may pull out of the race yesterday – when he cancelled an event at this constituency office.

Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar has opened up a strong lead – with the support of 45 out of the 73 members of the parliamentary party.

However both candidates have now had their nominations confirmed – with the policies that may shape the party leadership over the coming years set to take centre stage today.


It's reported China killed up to 20 CIA informants between 2010 and 2012.

The New York Times reports that the incident crippled US intelligence in the country in the biggest incident of its kind for decades. 

It's not clear whether the CIA was hacked or whether a mole helped the Chinese to identify the agents.

The newspaper reports one of the informants was shot in the courtyard of a government building sending out a warning to anyone else considering helping America.


US President Donald Trump will today address the leaders of 50 Arab nations as he continues his first foreign trip since he took office.

The nine-day foreign tour will see the US president holding a series of meetings with Arab leaders - before travelling on to Israel, Palestine, the Vatican, Belgium and Italy.

He is set to highlight the fight against terrorism in his address to the Arab Islamic American Summit in the Saudi capital Riyadh this afternoon.

He is expected to call for unity in the battle against “radicalism” and characterise the fight as a “battle between good and evil.”

Yesterday, the US agreed the “largest single arms deal in American history” with Saudi Arabia – believed to be worth almost €110bn.


A man is due in court this morning charged in connection with the death of a young mother in Kilkenny last week.

29-year-old Rita Apine died last Sunday after being found with serious injuries at the bottom of the stairs in her home in Freshford.

A man in his 30s was arrested yesterday and is being held at Kilkenny Garda Station.

He is due to appear before a special sitting of Kilkenny District Court at 11am tomorrow morning the 21st May 2017


82 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls have been reunited with their families - after being released by terrorist group Boko Haram earlier this month.

Their parents wiped away tears and hugged their children at a special event in the capital Abuja.

It was the largest liberation of hostages since 276 schoolgirls were abducted from their boarding school in Chibok in 2014.

Nigeria’s government has pledged to make further exchanges to bring the remaining schoolgirls home.