Morning top 5: Trump war of words with North Korea continues; Rise in support for main parties; German voters take to polls

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Donald Trump has made fresh threats against the North Korean regime after it branded him a "mentally deranged megalomaniac."

The US President warned Pyongyang's foreign minister that if he if "he echoes thoughts" of the country's leader Kim Jong Un they both "won't be around much longer."

He was responding after Ri Yong Ho told the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday that targeting the US mainland with its rockets was inevitable after "Mr Evil President"made an "irreversible mistake" by calling Mr Kim "rocket man."

Describing Mr Trump as a "mentally deranged person full of megalomania," Mr Ri went on to tell the annual gathering of world leaders that the country was now "only a few steps away from the final gate of completion of the state's nuclear force."


Fine Gael has reached its highest level of support since before the last election.

The Red C poll for the Sunday Business Post puts the government party at 30% - up 3% since its previous poll.

Of the other two major parties, Fianna Fáil is up 2% to 26%, while Sinn Féin is on 16% down two.

Michael Brennan, Political Editor of the Sunday Business Post, says Micheál Martin's party will be happy with the steady increase


Voters are heading to the polls in Germany to elect a new chancellor.

Angela Merkel has held the position for the last three terms - and is hoping for a fourth.

She's come under fire for her so-called 'open door' immigration policy.

It's led to a rise in support for far-right party AfD.


Some INTO members are calling for the union to hold an immediate ballot for industrial action.

It's after the union was forced to deny reports yesterday that it had accepted the new public service pay deal.

The INTO says it's simply agreed to participate in a review of pay equality but internal activist group Glór says entering into these talks is a de facto acceptance of the deal.


Young people are coming together in Mountjoy Square in Dublin this afternoon to share ideas for ending poverty.

Community workers and local people have organised an event between 1 and 5pm which includes games and workshops to raise awareness of how people can make a difference in the world.

Pierre Klein from 'All Together in Dignity Ireland' says ideas from the day will go forward as part of Ireland's input into a global 'Stop Poverty' campaign.