Morning top 5: Syria airstrikes, 9/11 anniversary and Great Famine commemoration

The headlines this Sunday morning...

Scores of people have died following a series of airstrikes in the Syrian cities of Aleppo and Idlib - hours after the US and Russia announced plans for a nationwide ceasefire to begin on Monday.

In Idlib, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 58 people were killed in a series of bombings, including one on a vegetable market, with 13 children among the dead.

Rebel-held areas have also been attacked in Aleppo, which was hit from the air as fighting continued on the ground.


Famine victims will be remembered today at a state ceremony at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin, some 164 years after the outbreak of the devastating potato blight.

The National Famine Commemoration event will include prayers of remembrance, military honours and a wreath-laying ceremony by ambassadors to Ireland.

President Michael D Higgins will unveil a famine cross as a permanent memorial to the more than 1 million people who perished before a minute's silence is observed.


US President Barack Obama has urged Americans to remain united in the face of terrorist attacks on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

A series of events will be held in New York today to remember those who died at the World Trade Center.

President Obama has declared today to be a national day of service and remembrance, encouraging Americans to participate in community service in honour of the victims. 


Hillary Clinton has rowed back on her claim that half of Donald Trump's supporters belong in a "basket of deplorables" of racists, homophobes, sexists, xenophobes, and Islamophobes.

The Democratic nominee was later forced to state she regretted her words after accusing Mr Trump of galvanising this "irredeemable" group, saying "he has lifted them up".

Her comments had been rebuked by Mr Trump's team, with campaign manager Kellyanne Conway saying the comments were "slander" and had insulted to millions of Americans. 


There were two winners of last night's Lotto jackpot worth over €4.6 million euro.

The lucky tickets were sold in Dublin and the Midlands, with the winners set to split the prize. 

The numbers drawn were 5, 6, 14, 24, 26 and 29, and the bonus number was 20.