Morning top 5: Trump prepares for first day in office; 16 dead in Italy bus crash; gardaí praised over large drug siezure

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President Donald Trump is preparing for his first full day as the 45th leader of the United States.

He officially took over from Barack Obama in Washington yesterday when he took the oath of office on the steps of the Capitol Building.

President Trump has already started the process of scrapping some of Barack Obama's key policies - with the Affordable Care Act - commonly known as ‘Obamacare’ first in the firing line.

Hours after being sworn in Trump signed an executive order to minimise the economic impact of the legislation.

He is also promising changes in areas like energy, trade, jobs and growth.


It is reported that 16 people have died after a coach - carrying students from Hungary - crashed in northern Italy.

Local media say dozens more were injured when the bus hit a pylon, bursting into flames on a motorway.

The accident happened near the city of Verona last night.


The Gambia’s defeated leader has finally agreed to step down from power and go into exile.

Yahya Jammeh had disputed the result of last month's election and had refused to go.

But he's changed his mind, after talks with West African leaders and the threat of military action from forces in the region.


The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, has praised gardaí and revenue officers following the seizure of almost two tonnes of cannabis at Dublin port yesterday.

The seizure, worth almost €40 million euro is believed to be one of the largest ever hauls of cannabis here.

Minister Fitzgerald says it demonstrates the determination of gardaí and customs in targeting the activities of drugs gangs.


Tens of thousands of women from across the US will march in Washington today – with several hundred ‘sister marches’ to be held across the world today.

Organisers said they aim to send a message to the new US President that women’s rights need defending - and challenge the “hateful rhetoric” of the incoming president.

It comes after more than more than 200 people were arrested in the US capital after activists clashed with police near the White House, throwing rocks and bottles.

Officers responded with tear gas and stun grenades.