Morning top 5: Government forces retake Aleppo; Theresa May admits Brexit challenge; Trump calls recount "a scam"

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Syrian Forces have retaken the largest rebel held area of Aleppo.

The army says it is moving through the besieged city - clearing it of mines and explosives.

Opposition forces have conceded they've lost control of the Masaken Hanano area.

Some 275,000 people are under siege in the city.

This latest assault by Bashar al Asad's forces has killed 212 civilians according to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.


In a rare personal interview, British Prime Minister Theresa May says she is "very conscious" that she needs to get on with delivering a deal on Brexit.

She admits Brexit is keeping her awake at night, saying: "It's a moment of change. It's a hugely challenging time. And we need to get on with the terms of Brexit. And I'm very conscious of that.

"I want to make sure that everything we do ensures Britain is a country that works for everyone. And that we really get out there and forge a new role in the world post-Brexit.

"We can make a success of it, we will make a success of it. But these are really complex issues."


President-elect Donald Trump has called the recount of votes in Wisconsin " a scam".

Taking to Twitter, Mr Trump said the move is a Green Party attempt to "fill up their coffers".

The Green Party's former candidate Jill Stein has requested a recount in Wisconsin, over allegations that electronic votes may have been hacked.

Mrs Stein has also raised money to call recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan.

Hillary Clinton's team have confirmed she will take part in the Wisconsin recount.


Chairperson of the Citizen's Assembly Justice Mary Laffoy will chair the second day of the assembly's first meeting today.

It is the first of four weekend sessions to discuss the amendment and abortion laws in Ireland.

The assembly heard presentations from Dr Eoin Carolan of UCD, Professor John Higgins of Cork University Maternity Hospital and Prof Anthony McCarthy of the National Maternity Hospital yesterday.


President Higgins has been critcised for his statement following the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

In a statement, President Higgins said he learned of Castro’s death with “great sadness”.

A statement released on behalf of Renua said: “Whilst we understand the necessity to be tactful in speaking of the dead, particularly when the dead were recently leaders of other sovereign states, we do think it important to note that Fidel Castro was a dictator, and a brutal dictator at that."

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan did not criticise the President's words, but his own statement contrasted with the President's

"He was a dictator who presided over a questionable regime," he said in a statment.