Morning top 5: Coalition talks set to resume; close aide to Aung San Suu Kyi sworn in as Myanmar's president

The top stories this Wednesday morning...

Coalition talks are set to resume this morning, despite a number of deputies ruling themselves out of discussions.

Negotiations to form a new Government appear to have stalled as the Green Party, looks set to withdraw

Greens and Independents met with Fine Gael yesterday as Enda Kenny's party offered a possible deal on housing to potential coalition partners.

However, the talks broke up at around 9pm last night with no progress reported.


Donald Trump has defended his campaign manager after he was charged over the alleged assault of a female journalist.

Corey Lewandowski is accused of grabbing and bruising the reporter's arm at a rally in Florida.

The Republican presidential frontrunner says he is confident his aide will be exonerated.


A close aide to Aung San Suu Kyi has been sworn in as Myanmar's president.

It is the first time the country formerly known as Burma has voted for a civilian leader after decades of military rule.

Htin Kyaw will act as a proxy for the pro-democracy figurehead Suu Kyi, who is barred from becoming president because her sons are British.


An Egyptian man who hijacked a plane is due to appear in court in Cyprus later today.

The hijacker forced the EgyptAir flight to land in Cyprus, but later surrendered to police following a six-hour stand-off.

All passengers and crew were released from the plane unharmed.

Cypriot Police have confirmed that the explosive belt the hijacker claimed to be wearing was fake.


President Michael D Higgins will open a revamped visitor centre at Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin today.

The €5 million facelift of the former court house is part of the 1916 Centenary commemorations.

The OPW have used the funding to adapt and refurbish the building.