Morning top 5: George Michael's charity work revealed, Obama praises historic Pearl Harbour visit

The top stories this Wednesday morning...

Tributes are continuing to pour in for Carrie Fisher, who died yesterday aged 60.

The Star Wars actress suffered a heart attack on a flight from London to LA on Friday and had been in intensive care since.

Her co-star Mark Hamill tweeted a photo of them together, captioned: "no words. #Devastated"

While Graham Norton tweeted saying a "bright funny loving spark" has been "extinguished".

Sky's US correspondent Greg Milam says the TV host had a close connection to her:

"Graham Norton would have been one of the final people to interview Carrie Fisher, because she was on that book tour in the UK and it was on a flight returning from London here to Los Angeles on Friday that she fell ill..."


Childline founder Esther Rantzen has revealed that George Michael gave the charity over two million euro over the years.

She says she thanked him over dinner, but he always insisted his donations must be anonymous.

Dame Esther revealed that the charity was planning to properly recognise the pop star's generosity:

"This is Childline's 30th year and we wanted to hold a tribute concert, to invite him, so we could thank him. And now of course he can't be there, which is a great sadness for us."


US President Barack Obama has said that the visit by Japan's prime minister to the site of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor shows the power of reconciliation.

Shinzo Abe threw flower petals into the water and offered condolences to those killed by Japan's bombing of the military base.

President Abe has never apologised for the attack, though Obama called his visit an "historic gesture":


Women's Aid has said that victims of domestic abuse are more vulnerable at Christmas time.

The charity revealed it hears of more frequent and severe reports of domestic violence at this time of year.

The Women's Aid 24-hour National Freephone helpline can be contacted at 1800 341 900.


There's been an angry reaction from gay rights organisations to the bizarre comments made by Richard Hammond about ice cream.

During an episode of The Grand Tour, the presenter suggested he doesn't eat the stuff, because it's "something to do with being straight".

LGBT rights group Stonewall says the words were "chosen to mock and belittle".