Morning top 5: Cabinet to decide on Apple appeal; Trump to visit Mexico

The headlines this Wednesday morning...

Cabinet members will meet today to discuss plans to formally appeal the EU's tax ruling against Apple.

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan yesterday accused the European Commission of trying to influence tax policy "through the back door" after it ordered Ireland to recoup €13bn from the US tech giant. 

Fianna Fáil and Labour will support an appeal, but other opposition parties have hit out at the proposed move.


US presidential candidate Donald Trump is set to meet with Mexico's president today.

The Republican nominee tweeted to announce he had accepted an invitation by President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Trump has in recent days reiterated his plans to build a wall between America and Mexico to clamp down on illegal immigration. 


Islamic State's official spokesman, Abu Muhammad al Adnani, has reportedly been killed near Aleppo in a US airstrike.

Quoting a "military source," the Islamist group's Amaq News Agency reported the jihadi was killed "while surveying the operations to repel the military campaigns against Aleppo".

A US defence official said it carried out an airstrike in Al Bab, Syria, targeting al Adnani but stopped short of confirming his death.


US singer Chris Brown has been arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after a daylong standoff with police.

The rapper had refused to leave his LA home for several hours after a woman called 911 before dawn on Tuesday and reportedly claimed that he had pointed a gun at her face.

Baylee Curran said Brown and another man had become angry when she admired a diamond necklace, telling the LA Times she was chased out of the house and had to hide under a nearby car with a friend.


British Prime Minister Theresa May is to hold a special meeting with her ministers today to discuss their next steps in leaving the EU. 

Downing Street said yesterday that the Tory leader had ruled out holding a second referendum on Brexit and stamped down on speculation that she could hold a general election before 2020.

The spokesman also effectively ruled out the prospect of MPs being given a vote on the Brexit deal or the timing of Article 50, which is the formal trigger for the two-year exit negotiations to begin.