Morning top 5: State of emergency in Italy; Irish officials in Brazil; and eBay job losses

The top stories this Friday morning...

A state of emergency has been declared in Italy after at least 250 people were killed in an earthquake.

It comes after a new earthquake measuring 4.7 has hit  north west of Amatrice - one of the worst hit areas.

Hopes of finding people alive under the wreckage are now fading.

A number of aftershocks have hampered the rescue effort.

The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is not aware of any Irish citizens caught up in the disaster but is continuing to monitor the situation.


A Brazilian judge is set to decide when and if two Olympic Council of Ireland officials will have their passports returned.

Kevin Kilty and Stephen Martin spent more than four hours last night being voluntarily interviewed by detectives investigating the Olympic ticket controversy.

Brazil's lead investigator in the Olympic ticket scandal said Mr Kilty and Mr Martin were very important witnesses in this probe.

He clarified that they were not suspects, claimed detectives were very happy with the testimony they gave.


US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte has been charged with making a false statement to Brazilian police.

The gold medal winner has admitted exaggerating a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio during the Olympics.

Earlier this week he lost all four of his major sponsors after drunkenly vandalising a Rio petrol station and lying about it.


The Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor says she is hopeful eBay staff in Dundalk will be able to get alternative employment.

The company announced yesterday that it is to shut its Co Louth base in the second quarter of next year - with the loss of 150 jobs.

eBay says a formal consultation with employees will begin shortly and its Blanchardstown facility in Dublin is not affected.


Apple has issued a global update of its iOS mobile operating system following the discovery of spyware circulating in the Middle East.

It is thought someone tried to hack into the iPhone of an Arab activist, and took complete control of devices.

Anyone with one of the phones is being told to update it.