Morning top 5: Yemen suicide bomber kills 30; China to return seized US drone

The top stories this morning...

A suicide bomber killed up to 30 soldiers in southern Yemen.

They were queuing to collect their salaries near a military base in the port city of Aden - 40 other troops were wounded.

Yemen has been struggling to establish its control in the city, with dozens of militant attacks against its forces.

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President-elect Donald Trump has intervened in a diplomatic row between the US and China over an American drone which was seized in the South China Sea.

The President-elect's tweeted that Beijing should be told to keep the hardware.

China has since confirmed they will return the drone to the US.

He also reacted to claims from the current First Lady the US has "lost hope".

Mr Trump told a rally in Alabama he's not taking it personally.

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Investigations are continuing into the attempted theft of more than €4 million from Meath county council.

The council says the targeted cyber attack was detected before the transaction was completed.

A Garda and Interpol investigation is underway and the funds have been frozen in a Hong Kong bank account.

It's understood the local authority has been the victim of CEO Fraud - the latest trend in identity theft - where hackers contact a junior member of staff pretending to be the Chief Executive asking for money to be transferred abroad.

Local authorities across the country are being urged to examine their internal cyber security procedures after a cyber-attack against Meath County Council.

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The United Nations Security Council is to vote on a French-drafted resolution aimed at ensuring that UN officials can monitor evacuations from besieged areas of Aleppo.

The draft text "emphasises that the evacuation of civilians mus be voluntary and to final destinations of their choice, and protection must be provided to all civilians who choose or who have been forced to be evacuated and those who opt to remain in their homes".

The vote will take place this morning, according to diplomats.

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A new opinion poll shows a fall in support for Fine Gael and Fianna Fáíl.

The Behaviour and Attitudes Poll in the Sunday Times shows a rise in the popularity of the left wing parties.