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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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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.