Morning top 5: More than 20 killed in suicide bombings in Syria; Trump’s attack on "fake news" and Unions warn Bus Éireann of nationwide strikes

The top stories this Saturday morning

More than 20 people have been killed in twin suicide bombings in the Syrian city of Homs.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights - which documents violence in the country - says the attacks hit the headquarters of state security and military intelligence.

The first suicide bomber targeted a checkpoint manned by Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters that was crowded with civilians early on Friday.

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President Trump has escalated his row with the media, by banning several news organisations from the daily White House briefing.

The BBC, The Guardian, CNN and Buzzfeed are among those who've been blocked.

Last night his press secretary instead of hosting his normal daily briefing held an off-the-record meeting with a small number of journalists.

Donald Trump was cheered by supporters in the US state of Maryland as he spoke about his plans to tackle what he calls fake news.

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Unions are warning Bus Éireann they're ready to launch strike action across the country. 

The impasse over cost-cutting plans at the company continues - after talks collapsed earlier this week.

It's feared a strike would cause travel chaos and have a negative impact on retailers in towns around Ireland.

Dermot O' Leary from the NBRU says his members are ready to mount pickets.

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President Michael D Higgins will present filmmaker Martin Scorsese with a special award later today.

Scorsese will be presented with the John Ford Award at an IFTA event in Dublin.

The legendary director says he is honoured to receive the award, which has 'great personal significance for him'.

 

With the Charleton Tribunal set to begin on Monday, there have been renewed calls for the Garda Commissioner to consider her position.

The inquiry is set to investigate whether a smear campaign was orchestrated by senior Gardaí against whistleblower Maurice McCabe.

The chairperson of the Policing Authority has said she has "a degree of confidence" but is concerned about the ability of the Garda Commissioner to carry out her role while the Charleton Tribunal is under way.