Morning top 5: Obama told Putin to stop meddling three months ago; bus reportedly targeted by suicide bomb in Turke

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President Barack Obama told Russian leader Vladimir Putin to stop meddling in the United States electoral process three months ago.

Without directly answering whether Putin was involved in cyber-activity during the US election at a recent press conference, he described the government in Russia as tightly controlled by a man at the top.

"Not much happens in Russia without Vladimir Putin," he said. "This happened at the highest levels of the Russian government."


A bus transporting soldiers has been apparently been targeted by a suicide car bomb in central Turkey.

The blast happened outside a university in the city of Kayseri.

Local sources suggest several people have been killed and wounded.


Three men are due before the Special Criminal Court in Dublin this morning in connection with alleged dissident republican activity in Cork.

The men, aged from their mid-thirties to early fifties, were arrested on Thursday evening following the search of a premises at Cluain Ard in Cobh.

They were questioned at Cobh and Midleton Garda Stations.

Gardaí also seized two firearms and a quantity of ammunition during the raid.


Gardai in Cork City have seized €120,000 in cash and cannabis worth €40,000 during the search of two houses.

The cannabis was discovered in a house in Rochestown, where gardai also arrested two men, aged in their mid to late-thirties.

Gardai recovered the cash during the search of another property in Carrigtwohill.

The men were detained and charged at Mayfield Garda Station and are due in court this morning.


Northern Ireland's first minister Arlene Foster has hit back at calls for her to step aside, saying she doesn't take instructions from Sinn Fein.

Martin McGuinness has expressed concern over claims that an overspend on an eco-friendly project has left the government with a bill for four hundred million pounds but Ms Foster says she will clear things up on Monday.