Morning top 5: Russian plane's black box 'found in wreckage'; Royle Family actress Liz Smith dies aged 95

The top stories this Tuesday morning...

A Russian news agency is reporting that all models of the plane that crashed in to the Black Sea on Saturday have been grounded.

Earlier this morning the black box from the Tu-154 military aircraft was recovered.

All 92 people on board were killed when it came down - investigators have so far said that pilot error or a technical fault were the most likely causes.


Young people on social welfare will soon be paying less rent.

It is after the Minister for Social Protection announced a cut to the amount young job seekers pay towards their rent supplement.

It amounts to a saving of up to €20 euro a week - and applies to anyone under 26 on the Jobseekers Allowance or Supplementary Welfare Allowance who is getting rent supplement.


The Royle Family actress Liz Smith has died aged 95, a spokeswoman for her family has said.

The actress, who played the ailing Nana in the hit comedy show, died on Christmas Eve.

The Royle Family actor Ralf Little tweeted: "Devastating to lose two members of my second family in one awful year. RIP Liz Smith. Goodbye Nana. Xxx"


Donald Trump has criticised the United Nations days after the world body voted to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

The US President-elect said on Twitter that the UN had "such great potential", but had become "just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!".

On Friday, Mr Trump, who takes office in just over three weeks, warned: "As to the UN, things will be different after January 20th."


A new survey by Oxfam Ireland has found that almost two thirds of Irish people feel overwhelmed by media coverage about the refugee crisis.

Six out of ten people questioned in a national survey say they are moved by stories of individuals or families that are forced to become refugees - and nearly half would like to do more to help.