Morning top 5: EU expected to give Brexit go-ahead; Report finds thousands abused in Australia; Four dead in French crash

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It could take another three months to get to the second stage of Brexit talks.

British Prime Minister Theresa May last night urged European leaders to approve the "sufficient progress" made in phase one of Brexit talks – and called for a swift transition period following the UK’s exit from the bloc.

The Phase One agreement ensures there will be no hard border on the island of Ireland, while Phase Two deals will focus on a future trading relationship.

The 27 remaining member states are expected to give the official go ahead later to move the talks forward.

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A five-year inquiry into sexual abuse in Australia has found institutions seriously failed children in their care over decades.

The government-ordered commission says tens of thousands were abused.

It's looked at how the Catholic Church and other groups responded to allegations over 90 years.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says it's a scandal.

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It's reported Ryanair may hire planes and draft in European crews to staff flights impacted by next week's strike.

Pilots based in Cork, Dublin and Shannon plan to walk off the job next Wednesday in the row over collective bargaining rights.

The airline will be giving passengers just two days notice, when it publishes a list of affected flights on Monday.

The Irish Times reports Ryanair's back-up plans to cover routes may include using captains-in-training.

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The French Prime Minister has said it is not known what caused a crash between a school bus and a train - which killed four teenagers.

It happened at a level crossing when a train crashed into a bus, which was bringing secondary school students home.

Around 70 emergency workers and 4 helicopters are involved in the rescue effort.

20 other people were injured, 11 of them critically.

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Over 20,000 shoeboxes full of Christmas presents for homeless people have been donated by the public.

Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) teamed up with Luas operator Transdev in Dublin yesterday to try and fill one of the trams with gifts for the homeless.

The operation to distribute them to people living in emergency accommodation units begins today.

The charity’s CEO Anthony Flynn has said there has been a brilliant reaction to the initiative.