Morning top 5: North Korea fires missile; Michael D. Higgins visits Colombia

The top stories this Sunday morning

North Korea has fired a ballistic missile for the first time since Donald Trump took office as US President.

It travelled around 500 kilometres towards the Sea of Japan.

The President has told the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the US stands fully behind them.


President Michael D. Higgins is today beginning the second part of his official visit to South America with a visit to the Colombian capital Bogota.

Yesterday he was in Peru where he was honoured with the Gran Collar of the Order of the Sun for "his interest in the defence and promotion of human rights, peace, democracy and inclusive citizenship, as well as culture."

Later on this week, he will go to Havana, Cuba where he will meet with President Raul Castro.


The president of the European Commission has suggested the EU may struggle to stay united when negotiating Brexit.

Jean Claude Junker has suggested that the UK will try to play different nations against each other

He also says the UK can't make its own trade deals until after leaving the EU.


There's an international call today to the global community to eliminate poverty for good

At least 80 per cent of humanity lives on less than ten dollars a day.

According to UNICEF, 22 thousand children die each day due to poverty.

Pierre Klein from ATD Ireland says they are launching a global Stop Poverty campaign - with the hashtag #StopPoverty - and wants people to get involved.


Sinn Féin is to table a motion of no confidence in what they describe as a "kick for touch, cover up" government.

The move follows a week of pressure on the Government over hospital waiting lists and the latest revelations about an alleged smear campaign against Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe.

Fianna Fáil's arrangement with the Government requires it not to support any motion of No Confidence, but Sinn Fein says it will encourage Fianna Fáil to support its move.

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald said the health crisis is a factor in tabling a motion of no confidence in the Government, but the situation involving Sergeant McCabe is of major concern.