Morning top 5: US government shutdown becomes longest in history; Saudi teen granted asylum in Canada

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Morning top 5: US government shutdown becomes longest in history; Saudi teen granted asylum in Canada

A sign outside of the National Gallery Of Art informing visitors that the museum is closed due to the partial Government shutdown in Washington, D.C. Picture by: Kris Tripplaar/SIPA USA/PA Images

A partial US government shutdown has now become the longest in the country's history.

Yesterday, around 800,000 public workers didn't receive their wages for the first time since it started three weeks ago.

The dispute revolves around Donald Trump's demand for billions of dollars to build a US-Mexico border wall.

Democrats have refused to fund the wall.


There will be no train and DART services into and out of Dublin's Pearse Street train station today and tomorrow to facilitate roof repair works.

This weekend, both Pearse Street and Tara Street stations will be closed to facilitate the works.

Alternative transfers will be put in place.

The train station is also expected to close for another 12 weekends over the next year-and-a-half due to the works.


France is preparing for the ninth successive weekend of anti-government protests.

The 'Yellow Vest' protests initially began over a planned fuel tax increase, but in recent weeks have expanded to focus on the high cost of living and the policies of French President Emmanuel Macron.

Shops are boarded up again after recent violent clashes in many cities.

85,000 security guards and police officers will be on patrol across the country today.


A Saudi teenager who began a social media campaign to escape her family has been granted asylum in Canada.

Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun said she feared being abused or killed by her male relatives for not following Saudi Arabia's strict laws.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded to the request after the United Nations granted her refugee status this week.


Heavy snow has left at least 21 people dead across Europe.

Two snowboarders in Bulgaria are among those who've been killed, as well as a snowplough driver in Germany whose vehicle slipped into an icy river.

Dozens of flights to German airports have also been cancelled.

In Switzerland, a 300-metre-wide avalanche smashed hotel windows - pushing massive snowdrifts into some rooms.