Morning top 5: Tributes pour in for Chuck Berry; the search for Rescue 116 continues

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Tributes have poured in from the biggest names in music after "the father of rock and roll" Chuck Berry died aged 90.

"The St Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr, better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry," read a statement on Facebook.

"The family requests privacy during this time of bereavement."

Berry's songs include Roll Over Beethoven, Rock and Roll Music and Johnny B. Goode - the story of a country boy whose mum tells him he's going to be a star.

Mick Jagger, The Jacksons and Bruce Springsteen were among those to mark the Johnny B. Goode singer's passing.


French president Francois Hollande says people must stay alert after the latest in a series of attacks saw the evacuation of the country's 2nd busiest airport yesterday.

A 39-year-old man was shot dead by French soldiers at Paris Orly airport, after trying to seize a female soldier's assault rifle, shouting that he was there to "die for Allah".

The attacker, named as Ziyed Ben Belgacem, has been described as a radicalised Muslim who was already on a terror watchlist, and he had nine entries on his criminal record, from violence to receiving stolen goods.

International Security and Risk Consultant - Olivier Guitta - says French security services are under huge pressure, and that the issue that France has today is the lack of means, and the amount of information to deal with.

Guitta added that on the particular terrorist watchlist that Belgacem was on, there are "15,000 potential Jihadist terrorists; unfortunately it wasn't dealt with."


North Korea's leader has announced a "new birth" in the country's rocket industry, after he oversaw the launch of a new one yesterday.

The launch of a new rocket system test that claims is capable of launching satellites into space came as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held talks in Beijing with China's leader Xi Jinping.

President Donald Trump wants China to put pressure on its North Korean ally.

Rex Tillerson says China and the US are committed to trying to stabilise the Korean situation, but that "things have reached a dangerous level."


New hi-tech equipment will be used today in the search for Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 off the Mayo coast.

Captain Dara Fitzpatrick was laid to rest yesterday while her colleagues Mark Duffy, Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith all remain missing.

The Irish Lights ship, the Granuaile, has spent the last two days being fitted out in Galway to assist in the search, as rescuers try to take advantage of a weather 'window' later this afternoon.

The Coast Guard's Declan Geoghegan says there's a massive amount of organisation behind today's operation with the Navy Marines and the Coast Guard working together so share sonar and diving equipment.


More than 1200 people in Ireland suffer with Cystic Fibrosis, with an Awareness Week being launched today that aims to raise more than €100,000.

The Cystic Fibrosis National Awareness Week will see purple roses being sold throughout the country from the 10th to the 16th of April to raise much needed funds.

Volunteers will be out in force on the 13th for 65 Roses Day - named after the way some children learn to pronounce the name of the disease.

Philip Watt, Chief Executive of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, says supporting the cause can help change people's lives, and that it helps CF Ireland to fund the services they provide such as exercise grants, transplant grants and bereavement counselling.