Morning top 5: Varadkar on course to be youngest Taoiseach; Theresa May denies 'subservience' to Trump

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Leo Varadkar is likely to become Ireland's youngest Taoiseach this monthafter being elected Fine Gael leader.

Mr Varadkar won the contest over Simon Coveney on a 60-40 margin.

He's pledged to create a Republic of Opportunity, and said he wants to continue rebuilding the country.

The new leader weighed in on cabinet positions saying he's likely to keep Independent ministers where they are.


Theresa May's denied she's subservient to Donald Trump amid claims she did not protest enough about the US leaving the Paris climate change accord.

Jeremy Corbyn's accused her of a "dereliction of duty".

Mr Trump sparked anger among world leaders by withdrawing from the agreement to cut greenhouse gases.

Russia's president Vladimir Putin hopes the US will still work with other countries on the environment.


Free wireless broadband is to be rolled out in Irish towns and cities over the next three years.

It follows an agreement reached by the European Parliament, the EU Commission and the EU Council of Ministers.

Just under 8,000 urban centres across the European Union, including Ireland, will benefit from the initiative which will be EU funded through local authorities.

Eoin O'Leary, of the EU Commission, says the plan will be a huge boost for provincial towns where broadband coverage is currently weak.


Scientists say they've made the biggest breakthrough in a decade in treating advanced ovarian cancer.

A new drug has dramatically shrunk tumours in some patients who were unresponsive to other treatments.

Experts say the results of the early-phase study were "exciting" and "promising" as the cancer is often diagnosed late.

Laura Moses is in remission following treatment but put off seeing her GP as she thought her stomach cramps were 'normal'


A consumer group's urging British Airways to automatically compensate the thousands of passengers affected by its recent IT shutdown.

Which reckons if it doesn't the airline's in danger of failing people again.

BA says it will honour its compensation obligations and has extra resources in place so it can process claims as speedily as possible.