Morning top 5: France on alert as Euro 2016 gets underway; thousands expected at funeral of Muhammad Ali

The top stories this Friday morning...

France is on high terror alert as the European football championships kick off later today.

Seven million supporters are expected to arrive in the country, which has been rocked by recent attacks by Islamic fundamentalists.

Around tens of thousands of Irish fans will travel to the games, but with security expected to be tight they have been warned to watch out for major delays.


Thousands of people are expected to line the streets of Louisville in Kentucky later as Muhammad Ali's coffin is driven through his hometown ahead of his funeral.

The actor Will Smith - who played the three-time world heavyweight boxing champion in the 2001 film Ali - will be one of the pallbearers.

Former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis will also help carry his coffin.


The head of Amnesty International Ireland says that a UN Report into the case of an Irish woman who had an abortion is 'groundbreaking'.

Yesterday, the United Nations Human Rights Committee found that Amanda Mellet was subjected to 'severe emotional and mental pain' after being denied an abortion here, despite carrying a foetus with fatal abnormalities.

In a statement Ms Mellet said the ruling serves to uphold the rights of other Irish women who face human rights violations.


The US President has formally endorsed Hillary Clinton for the job.

Earlier this week the Democratic hopeful declared herself the presumptive nominee for the party.

Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton were rivals during the 2008 race which Obama went on to win.


The findings of the largest ever sexual health survey among gay men will be published today.

The report will be released at the 14th Annual Gay Health Forum at Dublin Castle this morning.

The MISI 2015 report will include findings on sexual health knowledge, attitudes, needs and behaviour and the National response plan to HIV and STIs.