Top five headlines you’re waking up to

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  1. British embassy worker Rebecca Dykes was found dead in Lebanon by the side of the motorway. The security official said the 30-year-old had been "strangled" with a rope and authorities are investigating the exact cause of her death, and whether she was sexually assaulted. In a statement the victim's family said: “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Rebecca. We are doing all we can to understand what happened. We request that the media respect our privacy as we come together as a family at this very difficult time.”

  2. Mo Farah has been named as the Sports Personality Of The Year. The four-time Olympic champion was third favourite coming into the evening and upset the odds by beating the likes boxer Anthony Joshua, Superbike World Champion Jonathan Rea and Paralympian Jonnie Peacock to claim the prize. There was also an award for Bradley Lowery, the six-year-old Sunderland football club mascot who died in July. His mother Gemma collected the prize.

  3. The family of the taxi driver who was among the six people who died in the Birmingham car crash incident said he was a “caring” and “loving father”. Crash investigators are trying to piece together what caused the collision. Superintendent Sean Phillips, from West Midlands Police, told a press conference: "It is way too early to speculate on the causes of the accident."

  4. In preparation for the next round of Brexit talks Theresa May will chair a meeting today at the House of Commons to give an update on the Brussels summit. The Prime Minister will tell the MPs that the UK will pursue trade deals around the world during Brexit transition.

  5. Oscar winning director and artist Steve McQueen is filming an artwork as a "lasting memorial" to the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy that will go on display at a museum. The June 14 fire, in Kensington, west London, claimed 71 lives and left hundreds of people homeless.

Royal wedding date is announced!

Kensington Palace has today announced the date Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle.

The pair announced their engagement last month and have already revealed that they plan to marry at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in May. Now we can clear the diaries for the big day, which will take place on Saturday the 19th of May.

When should you let your children drink?

One in six parents in the UK allow their children to drink alcohol by age 14, according to new research from the Millennium Cohort Study. However despite the perceived wisdom that giving your children alcohol helps them to develop a healthy relationship with it, there's no strong evidence that this is true. So should we be allowing youngsters a glass of something with their Christmas dinner?

This morning we were joined by Dr Richard Piper from Alcohol Concern and and mother of four Shona Sibary who debated the issue on this morning's show.

Top five headlines you’re waking up to

  1. The Prime Minister was given an unexpected round of applause by other European leaders as the EU prepares to give the go-ahead for the next stage of Brexit talks. At a working dinner in Brussel, Theresa May said she would approach the next phase of the talks with “ambition” and “creativity”.

  2. A train and school bus collided in southern France killing four children and injuring 11 others. The crash happened at around 3pm GMT on Thursday as the 20 children on the bus - who were aged between 11 and 15 - were being taken home from school. French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: "All my thoughts go to the victims of this terrible accident and their families. The government is fully mobilised to give them emergency help."

  3. It’s around that time of the year when you eat, drink and dance with your co-workers at the office Christmas party. But should you be able to let loose and let your hair down at the Christmas work party or should you be on your best behaviour?

  4. In the wake of recent stories involving sexual harassment, triggered by disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, a ComRes poll for ITV News found that employees behaviour at work Christmas parties have changed. Their results found that one in four men (24%) and 16% of women say that the recent news stories of sexual harassment make them worried that a colleague could misunderstand their behaviour at this year’s Christmas party.

  5. Ho ho ho. Idris Elba and Stormzy paid a surprise visit to children's hospital wards dressed as Santa Clause. The Hollywood actor and rapper brought the festive cheer to two London hospitals and put a smile on the children’s faces.

Train collides with school bus in France

A train and school bus has collided in southern France killing at least four people, including two children, according to authorities.

Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne described the crash as a "terrible accident”.

The horrendous incident happened near to the town of Perpignan, around 20 miles north of the country's border with Spain.

A spokesperson for the regional train service said that the train had been travelling at around 50mph with 25 people were on board at the time of the crash.

The spokesperson added that three of those on the train were slightly injured.

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: "All my thoughts go to the victims of this terrible accident and their families. The government is fully mobilised to give them emergency help."

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Six months on from the Grenfell Tower disaster

We're not just a community, we're a family

– Paige Potter is a pupil at a school local to the Grenfell Tower

It's six months since 71 people died following the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Today, the Prime Minister and members of the Royal Family will attend a memorial service at St Paul's Cathedral to honour them.

Abdelkarim Menacer and Paige Potter are pupils at a local school who will also be involved in the service.

They joined us this morning along with Amy Moore who is the Inclusion manager at the school and Reverend Mike Long.

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Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. The Prime Minister heads to Brussels today for a crucial European summit - just hours after being defeated in the Commons on key Brexit legislation. Eleven Tory backbenchers - including eight former ministers - rebelled against the government and voted in favour of giving Parliament a guaranteed final say on a future deal with the EU.

  2. A memorial service for the 71 people who died in the Grenfell Tower fire in west London will be held this morning at St Paul's Cathedral, six months after the disaster. The Prime Minister and members of the royal family - including the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry - will join survivors and bereaved families.

  3. The Oscar-nominated actress Salma Hayek claims the disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein once threatened to kill her. Writing in the New York Times, she describes him as a rage-fuelled 'monster' and alleges he made unwanted sexual advances and threats of violence against her. A spokesperson for Weinstein said Salma Hayek's allegations were 'not accurate'.

  4. Chris Froome has said he knows he 'hasn't done anything wrong' after he returned an adverse drug test at the Vuelta a Espana. The four-time Tour de France winner told ITV News he was "shocked" when he was told a urine test had revealed a concentration of a medication he takes for his asthma double that of the WADA threshold.

  5. An investigation’s been launched by the International Cricket Council into allegations that two Indian bookmakers offered to fix the third Ashes Test in Perth, which began overnight. The Sun claims they wanted £140,000 for details of rigged periods of play. But the cricketing authorities believe there's no evidence any players in the Test were involved.

Top five headlines you're going home to

  1. Meghan Markle will celebrate Christmas with the royal family at the Sandringham estate. Meghan will spend her first Christmas as Prince Harry’s fiancee with the Queen and will be seen walking to church on Christmas morning. The senior members of the family traditionally attend Morning Service at Sandringham Church - which is the one public event they complete on Christmas Day.

  2. A talented 16-year-old footballer collapsed and died during a football match in Ireland. Izzy Dezu was in the academy set up at Shelbourne FC in Dublin and was regarded as one of the country’s most promising players in his age group. The young footballer collapsed during a Dublin and District Schoolboys match against St Kevin's Boys. It is understood he was treated pitchside by paramedics before being taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

  3. The number of people who are unemployed dropped to its lowest rate since 1975, latest official figures have shown. The UK unemployment for August to October 2017 is 4.3%, which is down from 4.8% from the previous year.

  4. Our 1 Million Minutes campaign received a royal backing when the Duchess of Cornwall spoke exclusively to Good Morning Britain about why she’s encouraging everyone to speak to someone lonely this Christmas. Watch the full interview here.

  5. Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn traded blows at this week's Prime Minister Questions. The Labour leader said the rate of children and families facing homelessness is a “national disgrace”. However, Mrs May countered by claiming house-building and social housing reduced under the last Labour administration, adding: "Labour would produce failure for this country once again."