Morning top 5: Trump's inauguration looms; tributes paid to Martin McGuinness

The top stories on Newstalk.com this morning

Donald Trump officially becomes the 45th US president today.

The final preparations for his inauguration are taking place in Washington where he arrived with his wife Melania yesterday.

The main ceremony will take place at the White House and Mr Trump will be sworn in at the Capitol building.

As protesters started gathering, Mr Trump has promised huge crowds at a concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington that he will make America Great Again.

3 Doors Down headlined the pre-inauguration concert last night.

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Tributes are being paid to Martin McGuinness, who's stepping down from active politics in the North.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says he is sorry to learn that the former Deputy First Minister has decided not to contest the forthcoming election due to poor health.

Mr McGuinness says he's confident that a new generation of leaders can take his place within Sinn Féin. However, he admits he's "heartbroken" that he will not be able to contest the forthcoming elections.

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Three people have died after a car hit pedestrians in the centre of Melbourne in Australia.

Up to 20 people are believed to have been injured in the incident.

Local media are reporting that police believe a man deliberately drove his car into a crowd. However, the attack is not believed to be terror-related.

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Mexico's government has extradited drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman to the US, where is wanted on drug trafficking charges.

Senior US officials have confirmed that the convicted Sinaloa cartel boss has been escorted to New York - the day before Donald Trump is inaugurated as President of the United States.

Guzman, a notorious drug kingpin, was recaptured last year after managing to break out of a maximum-security prison through a mile-long tunnel in his cell.

He had been held in a jail near Ciudad Juarez, where he fought against his extradition to the States.

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Hopes of finding survivors trapped in an Italian hotel buried by an avalanche are fading.

Rescue teams have worked through the night to try to dig people out, but their efforts are being hampered by the weather, with fears the building could collapse.