Morning top 5: Trump hits out at 'hoax' links; Meath shooting; and Varadkar goes to Belfast

The top stories this Friday morning

US President Donald Trump says alleged links between his election campaign and Russia are a "hoax".

It comes after grand jury subpoenas were issued over a June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Junior and a Russian lawyer.

Trump has always denied any collusion with Moscow.


Forensic tests are underway at the site of a shooting in Meath.

A man suffered multiple gunshot wounds as he sat in his car at the Mill Close housing estate in Stamullen yesterday evening.

It is the second shooting in the area this year, but it is not believed to be linked to the Kinahan-Hutch feud.


The Taoiseach is expected to lay out his Brexit stall during his first visit to Northern Ireland today.

Leo Varadkar will meet with Northern Irish politicians in Belfast for the first time since taking office.

He will speak at Queen's University before meetings behind closed doors later.


Police in Australia say an aborted attempt to put a bomb on a flight out of Sydney was directed by Islamic State.

It is claimed an improvised explosive device was intended to be placed on the Etihad Airways plane.

Two men have been charged with two counts of planning a terrorist act.


A fire in Dubai's tallest residential building has now been put out.

The 1,100 foot Torch Tower had to be evacuated as the flames took hold, but no one was injured.

The same building also caught fire back in 2015.