Morning top 5: Water charges row escalates; US Navy moves towards Korea; Suspect device found on busy Oslo street

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The row over water charges appears to have escalated again this morning.

The Fianna Fáil leader has indicated the party will not support the election of a new Fine Gael Taoiseach - unless the 'confidence and supply' arrangement that's propping up the minority government is honoured in relation to the charges.

The Sunday Independent has reported that Micheál Martin has written to Fianna Fáil TDs and Senators to outline the new position.

Fine Gael and Labour are claiming Ireland will face massive EU fines if some form of charge for excessive usage is not introduced.

But Fianna Fáil thinks people who waste water should be pursued through the courts.


A US Navy strike group is moving towards the Korean peninsula in a show of force aimed at North Korea.

The battle group is making its way from Singapore toward the western Pacific Ocean.

Earlier this month North Korea tested a liquid-fuelled ballistic missile, hailing a significant advance in its weapons programme.


Police in Norway have carried out a controlled explosion on a device found on a busy commercial street in central Oslo.

Security police have now taken over the investigation in a multi-cultural part of the city.

Heavily armoured officers swept through the surrounding area to evacuate people from bars and restaurants.

One man has been arrested and is being held in custody - but authorities have refused to give any further information about the suspect.

Norway was put on high alert after neighbouring Sweden suffered a truck attack in the capital Stockholm on Friday that killed four people.


Bus Éireann negotiations will resume again this morning at the Workplace Relations Commission.

Unions and management at the company will meet again from 10.30am, as they try to reach a deal over plans to implement cost cutting at the company.

The strike - which is affecting tens of thousands of commuters is now entering its 17th day.

The talks up to now have been described as “slow and challenging.”

Company management has claimed the cuts are necessary to secure the viability of the business - while unions say there are a number of critical issues that still need to be worked out.


The RNLI and families of the missing crew members of the Rescue 116 Coast Guard helicopter have thanked everyone involved in yesterday’s massive sea search off Mayo and Donegal.

Over 100 boats joined the effort yesterday – covering an area from Achill to Aranmore island as the search continues for Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby.

There is still no trace of the missing men - but the RNLI said a huge area has been covered and shore searches will continue today.

People from all over the country came out to show their respect and appreciation for the rescue services yesterday - and many expect to continue the search today.