Morning top 5: Mugabe confined to his home; Waterford bus tenders; and record da Vinci sale

The top stories this Thursday morning

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has been confined to his home after an apparent coup.

It follows a power struggle over who might replace him.

His vice-president was fired last week, making Mr Mugabe's wife Grace the president's likely successor.


We will find out today who will operate bus services in Waterford City.

A tender process was announced earlier this year for the routes currently operated by Bus Éireann.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) will reveal the preferred bidder this afternoon.


The owner of an apartment building in Cork city is being criticised for giving 70 households notice to quit.

Tenants at Leeside Apartments have been told they must move out to allow for "substantial refurbishments".

The Dáil has heard calls for an end to the refurbishment loophole used by landlords.


Flash floods caused by heavy rain have killed at least 15 people in Greece.

Many of the dead were elderly people whose bodies were found inside their homes.

Walls have been swept away, buildings have collapsed and roads have been turned into torrents of mud.


A 500-year-old painting by Leonardo da Vinci has been sold in New York for over US$400m (€339m).

It is the highest auction price ever paid for any work of art.

When the painting, Salvator Mundi, was sold it brought cheers and applause to the packed auction room at Christies in New York.