Morning top 5: Fidel Castro dies; first sitting of the Citizen's Assembly takes place today

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Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has died aged 90.

His brother and acting leader of Cuba Raul made the announcement on state television, saying: "Dear people of Cuba, with deep sadness I inform our people, the friends of our America and the world, that today... the commander in chief of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, has died.

"According to the will of comrade Fidel, his remains will be cremated."

Raul Castro, 85, added that officials organising his brother's funeral "will give our people detailed information about the organisation of the post-mortem homage".

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The first sitting of the Citizen's Assembly takes place today.

The representative group has been tasked with coming up with recommendations on how to deal with the Eighth Amendment among other issues.

The assembly is inviting submissions from members of the public on the issue of the Eighth Amendment, which will inform sessions scheduled to take place in 2017.


Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has called a recount of ballots in the Presidential election.

Ms Stein says she wants to ensure hackers didn't interfere with the process and lead to the election of Donald Trump.

Her campaign has raised more than $5 million online to cover the costs of recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Wisconsin law calls for the state to perform a recount at a candidate's request as long as he or she can pay for it.


French police have arrested a former soldier on suspicion of killing a woman in a retirement home for Catholic missionairies near Montpellier.

Officers were called to the home on Thursday night with reports that a man was armed with a shotgun and a knife.

The man is thought to be a former employee of the retirement home and prosecutors are not treating the death as a terror attack.


100 orchards are being planted around the country today to mark Ireland's Centenary celebrations.

The initiative from GIY and SAP Landscapes has seen 100 packs of fruit trees delivered to community groups across the island so they can plant their "Orchard in an Hour".

The aim is to bring communities together to commemorate the 1916 rising and to create something that will benefit them into the future.

GIY Community manager Karen O'Donohoe said the event would leave an "edible legacy".