Morning top 5: Donald Trump meets with Shinzo Abe; terminally ill teenager won right to be frozen

The top stories this Friday morning...

Donald Trump has held talks with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe - the US President-elect's first face-to-face meeting with a foreign leader.

The meeting at Trump Tower in Manhattan was intended to smooth relations following Mr Trump's campaign rhetoric that cast doubt on the US-Japan security alliance in the Asia-Pacific region.

Speaking at a news conference after the meeting, which lasted about 90 minutes, Mr Abe said the talks had been "cordial" and "candid".


A terminally ill teenage girl won an historic legal fight - prior to her death - to have her body cryogenically frozen.

The 14-year-old girl had a rare form of cancer - and wanted the procedure done in the hope that one day she could be brought back to life.

The British High Court was asked to intervene in the process as the girl's parents disagreed over the request.


Enda Kenny and a number of Government ministers are meeting their Northern counterparts in Armagh today.

The meeting of the North-South Ministerial Council will focus on issues surrounding Brexit and the future of the Irish border.

The North's First Minister Arlene Foster and the Taoiseach agreed during talks on Tuesday that additional meetings of the Council may be necessary.


President Obama will use his final meeting with European leaders today to discuss the threat posed by fleeing Islamic State fighters.

The outgoing US leader will discuss a range of pressing global issues with British PM Theresa May and other European leaders.

The 'Quint Group' is made up of five western NATO allies.


Today is the 100th anniversary of the final day of the Battle of the Somme.

It was the largest - and one of the bloodiest episodes of the First World War.

It took British and French forces three-and-a-half months to push the German army back just six miles.

More than 1.3 million soldiers were killed or wounded in the battle.