Morning top 5: Castro laid to rest today; Syrian army advances in Aleppo; and €11m was won in the Lotto

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Cuba's long-standing Communist leader Fidel Castro will be laid to rest later, after a three-day funeral procession came to an end.

The revolutionary - who divided opinion among Cubans - died last week aged 90.


Syria's army has taken control of another district in Aleppo.

More than half of previously rebel-held areas in eastern Aleppo are now under the army's rule.

Government troops - backed by Russia - recaptured Tariq al-Bab on Friday night, according to a British-based monitoring group.

State TV has shown buses full of people going back to their homes in neighbourhoods recaptured by the army.


€11 million was won in last night's Lotto jackpot.

The winning ticket was sold in Dublin.

You can read the numbers drawn here.


Italians are heading to the polls in a referendum which could have significant ramifications for the whole of Europe. 

The public are being asked to vote 'yes' or 'no' to constitutional change which would reduce the power of the Italian senate in order to streamline Italy's notoriously gridlocked legislative process.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who called the referendum and wants the change to be voted for, has staked his political career on winning.

If the vote is 'no', he has pledged to resign; a promise he made when the polls suggested he'd win by a margin. 


The ASTI said it has "considerable outstanding concerns" in its dispute with the Government.

The union's Central Executive Council (CEC) decided yesterday to recommend that members reject a pay proposal when it's put to a ballot in January.

The deal includes a gradual pay increase for newly qualified teachers and a provision to opt-out of supervision and substitution duties.

Kieran Christie, General Secretary, of the ASTI said they remain unhapppy because of the lack of equalisation of pay for new teachers, saying it remains "the major issue".

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