Morning top 5: Iraqi forces "metres away" from reclaiming Mosul; Two men die in separate road accidents; Poll shows drop in support for Fine Gael

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Islamic State militants have pledged to "fight to the death" in Iraq's second city of Mosul.

The fighters are making their last stand on the banks of the River Tigris.

Local commanders insist their forces are just metres away from reclaiming the city as the terrorists defensive line continues to collapse.

The city has been under ISIS control for the past three years, with the battle to retake it ongoing since October last year.


Two men in their 20s have died in separate road traffic accidents in Monaghan and Westmeath this morning.

A male motorcyclist, aged 26 years collided with three cars at the Pigeons, Athlone at approximately 8pm last night.

He was treated by Emergency Services personnel at the scene but was pronounced dead a short time later

Separately a male driver in his 20s was involved in a single vehicle collision at Lurgans, Carrickmacross just after midnight.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.


Fine Gael’s lead over Fianna Fáil has narrowed in the latest opinion poll.

The Red C poll for the Sunday Business Post shows Fine Gael down two points on 27%, while Fianna Fáil is up three points on 24%.

Sinn Fein is up 3 to 18%, while there was only minor movement for smaller parties.

Michael Brennan, political editor of the Sunday Business Post, says the results suggest the honeymoon period for new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is over.


Donald Trump says the G20 summit in Germany was a "wonderful success," despite his country stepping back from the Paris climate change agreement.

The US president made the comment on social media while also praising the summit’s host, German chancellor Angela Merkel.

In a joint statement, the leaders of the 19 other nations have recognised America's decision to withdraw from deal.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she is dismayed the President has pulled the US out of the accord.


Aid agency Concern is appealing to the Irish people not to let the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan slip off the radar.

Over half of the country’s population - totalling six million people - are struggling to find enough food to survive.

The African nation became the world's youngest country when it gained its independence, six years ago today.

Carol Morgan from Concern says ongoing civil war is increasing the number of mass deaths from starvation.