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Morning Briefing: April 16, 2018 (MONDAY)

16/04/2018 News desk

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know to start your day with our daily briefing, compiled by Zoya Thomas.  

UK braces for cyber revenge fearing Russian retaliation over Syria strikes

Russian President Vladimir Putin © Getty Russian President Vladimir Putin Britain is braced for a Russian cyber attack as officials have warned of swift retaliation for the military strikes on Syria. It is feared vital transport systems, water supplies, gas networks, banks, hospitals and even air traffic control could be hacked by Russia in response to the assault on Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons facilities. (Daily Mail) New satellite images have revealed the damage caused to a Syrian chemical weapons research site after it was hit by Western jets on Saturday. (The Telegraph) Meanwhile, a seven-year-old girl who survived a suspected chemical attack has relived the harrowing moment a "barrel" hit her family's home. (Mirror)

Former FBI director James Comey calls Trump 'morally unfit' to be president

Donald Trump "lies constantly" and is "morally unfit" to be US president, according to former FBI boss James Comey. The man fired by Mr Trump last year told ABC News: "I don't buy this stuff about him being mentally incompetent or early stages of dementia." The President lashed out at Mr Comey, calling him a "slimeball" in a series of tweets before the US TV interview and labelling him the "WORST FBI director in history, by far". (Sky News)

Man City crowned 2017-18 Premier League champions 

Manchester City have been crowned as the winners of the 2017-18 Premier League after rivals Man United slumped to defeat at the hands of West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. Pep Guardiola's men now hold an unassailable 16-point lead at the top of the table, meaning that with just five games to play nobody can catch the side which has led the league uninterrupted since the fifth round of fixtures. ( Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger was in disbelief that Arsenal didn't come away with any points from their match against Newcastle on Sunday. (Football365)

Murdered teen’s father forgives killers 25 years on

The father of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has made the humbling decision to forgive his son's killers, nearly 25 years after losing his first child. Neville Lawrence, 76, said the decision was the hardest he has ever made and that he struggles to put into words the devastation caused to his family. Stephen was murdered by a gang of racists in Eltham, south-east London, on April 22 1993 at the age of 18. (The Telegraph)

Agatha Christie fans shocked after killer's identity changed in BBC adaptation

Agatha Christie fans were in shock last night, after it emerged the killer had been changed in the BBC1 adaptation of Ordeal by Innocence. In the 1958 novel, the murder of Rachel Argyll is committed by housemaid Kirsten Lindstrom, played in the TV adaptation by Scots star Morven Christie. But last night, viewers learnt that Leo Argyll, played by Bill Nighy, had blood on his hands. (Mirror)

In Depth: Beyoncé’s Coachella performance was a historic cultural moment

“Thank you for allowing me to be the first black woman to headline Coachella.” Those words from Beyoncé, uttered midway through her festival-headlining performance Saturday, were less a humble show of gratitude than a declaration. Thanks to the Coachella livesteam, which repeated the performance Sunday for those who may have missed the initial concert, people all around the world could watch along. It became a major cultural event, rivaling her 2016 Super Bowl halftime performance. (The Washington Post)

Video of the day: Bungling burglars chase cash as wind blows it away

CCTV footage of a robbery in Droylsden, Greater Manchester, shows two bungling burglars leaving the scene of crime with cash trailing behind them. (Press Association)

On this day:

Ammonium nitrate fertilizer catches fire on a vessel in Galveston Bay and explodes, flattening much of the town of Texas City, Texas. © Getty Ammonium nitrate fertilizer catches fire on a vessel in Galveston Bay and explodes, flattening much of the town of Texas City, Texas. 1947 Ammonium nitrate fertilizer catches fire on a vessel in Galveston Bay and explodes, flattening much of the town of Texas City, Texas. The disaster will kill nearly 600 and wound over 3,000, becoming the worst industrial accident in US history. (Bing)

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