Morning top 5: Australian cardinal charged; D-Day for Stormont; and iPhone's birthday

The top stories this Thursday morning

An Australian cardinal, who is one of the highest ranking Catholics in the Vatican, has been charged with historical child sex abuse.

Cardinal George Pell is Pope Francis' chief financial adviser and Australia's most senior Catholic.

He is the highest-ranking Vatican official ever to be charged.


It is deadline day for Northern Ireland's political parties to get a new power-sharing deal at Stormont up and running.

If there are no First and Deputy First Ministers by this afternoon, they could be headed for direct rule from Westminster.

Talks broke up in Belfast at around 1.00am on Thursday morning.


In the UK a retired Court of Appeal judge, Martin Moore-Bick, has been appointed to lead the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Police have warned a true total of those killed may not be known until the end of the year.

While France's top building fire safety adviser has said the country is planning a new law on cladding for tower blocks following the Grenfell disaster.


The European Commission says Ireland should not scrap the Universal Social Charge (USC).

The recommendation comes in a report which raises several fears on the state of the economy.

The report given to TDs last night says the Government's budget policies run the risk of overheating the economy.


The Apple iPhone is 10 years old today.

More than one billion have been sold since they first went on sale on June 29th 2007.

To start with it had no App store, and was restricted in the US to just one network.