Today's top five: Nigeria explosion kills 69; new cancer drug combination yields success

Post mortem on body of woman found in Mayo returns inconclusive

The post mortem performed on the body of a woman found at a house in Co Mayo yesterday has returned inconclusive.

The Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster carryied out the examination at the house at Ballycurran near Glencorrib in South Mayo.

69 dead in petrol tanker explosion in Nigeria

Nigeria’s Red Cross says 69 people are dead after a petrol tanker exploded in a crowded bus station, setting a dozen buses carrying passengers ablaze.

The Associated Press reports that according to witnesses, firefighters took an hour to quench the flames. About 30 other victims were taken to hospital with severe burns.

Sex worker says new laws criminalising purchase of sex in North will endanger prostitutes

A sex worker working in the Republic says new laws criminalizing the purchase of sex in Northern Ireland will endanger prostitutes.

The legislation, that came into effect today, will penalise those caught attempting to hire prostitutes.

Anyone caught paying for sex faces up to a year in prison and a fine of £1,000.

Former chairman of IBRC says bank secured maximum recovery on all outstanding loans

The former chairman of IBRC Alan Dukes says the bank secured maximum recovery on all outstanding loans.

It follows claims by Deputy Catherine Murphy, under Dáil privilege, about the bank’s arrangements with businessman Denis O’Brien.

Results of new trials for cancer drugs combination hailed as “spectacular”

The results of new cancer drugs trials have been hailed as spectacular, with one expert claiming the potential for a cure for the disease is “definitely there”.

Immunotherapy, which uses the body’s immune system to attack cancerous cells, proved so effective that in one British-led trial, more than half of patients with advanced melanoma saw tumours shrink or brought under control, according to researchers.