Morning top 5: Taoiseach calls for seat on UN Security Council; More than 140 missing in Chinese landslide

Your top stories this Saturday morning

The Taoiseach is calling for Ireland to be given a seat on the UN security council.

Leo Varadkar made the announcement at a dinner with Prince Albert of Monaco in Wicklow overnight.

According to the Irish Independent he told guests he'd like Ireland to play a greater role in international affairs.

He was speaking at a gathering organised by philanthropic group the Ireland fund.


An elderly pedestrian has died in a crash in Mayo.

The man in his 80's was knocked down on the N60 at Logatemple, Claremorris at about one o'clock this morning.

The driver and two passengers in the car were uninjured.

The road at the scene is closed to allow a forensic examination take place and diversions are in place between Claremorris and Balla.


More than 140 people are reported missing after a landslide in south-western China.

Part of a mountainside collapsed onto a village in the early morning while most people were still asleep.

Search and rescue efforts are underway, involving more than 400 workers.


In the UK, residents of four north London tower blocks have been expressing anger, after they were evacuated due to fire concerns.

Inspections on the estate in Camden have highlighted problems with gas fittings and the buildings' cladding - which is similar to that which caught fire in the Grenfell Tower disaster.

It's left hundreds of people looking for temporary accommodation - with some sleeping on airbeds at a nearby leisure centre.


A clinical trial has found an alternative treatment for people with head and neck cancer that's kinder than traditional chemotherapy.

The immunotherapy drug 'nivolumab' has shown to greatly increase survival rates for patients.

It's reported to help people maintain a better quality of life for longer, compared to standard chemotherapies.