Morning top 5: Federal judge blocks Trump travel ban; French police raids

The top stories this Saturday morning

A federal judge in the United States has ordered a temporary nationwide block on President Donald Trump's travel ban for people from seven majority-Muslim countries.

Customs and Border Protection has now reportedly told airlines to allow passengers affected by the ban to travel.

The White House initially called the ruling outrageous and described the President's ban as "lawful and appropriate".


French police have raided a number of addresses linked to a terror suspect who was shot and wounded by a soldier in Paris.

He tried to enter the Louvre museum carrying a machete and backpacks yesterday.

The man has been identified as a 29-year-old Egyptian who arrived in France last month.


The Citizens Assembly meets for the third time this weekend to consider the 8th amendment to the Constitution.

Members will discuss submissions they've received from the public and will hear from a number of medical, legal and ethical experts.

They will consider topics such as the care path available to women who've had abortions in the UK and abortions in the case of rape.


Almost 93 surgeries were cancelled each day during the month of January.

That is according to Sinn Féin, which also says hospitals across the country currently face up to 100% occupancy each week.

The party says that patients' health is being severely undermined by underinvestment in the Public Health Service.


A former British Army commander says he is sure the military will already have plugged any gaps that allowed a man to stash weapons for dissident republicans in Northern Ireland.

31-year-old Ciaran Maxwell - who is originally from County Antrim and a serving Royal Marine - yesterday admitted hiding explosives for possible use by terrorists.

The weapons were discovered in dumps in Larne and Devon and eventually traced back to him.