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Morning Briefing: August 6, 2018

06/08/2018 News desk

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

May 'confident' of reaching Brexit deal despite Fox's warning

Theresa May © PA Theresa May Downing Street has insisted that May is confident of securing a Brexit deal with Brussels despite Liam Fox’s assertion that the UK appears set to crash out of the EU without reaching an agreement. Fox put the chances of a no-deal Brexit at “60-40” on Sunday despite both sides saying they wanted to reach an agreement on the terms of the UK’s departure from the bloc in March 2019. (Guardian) EU will be making a “massive miscalculation” if it thinks the UK is not ready to walk away from Brexit talks without a deal, said ex-Brexit secretary David Davis. (Press Association)

‘Brother-in-law’ charged over midwife's murder

A man, 32, has been charged with the murder of 28-year-old midwife Samantha Eastwood. The midwife, from Baddeley Green, near Stoke-on-Trent, had been reported missing on Friday 27 July after she was last seen walking out of Royal Stoke University Hospital in her scrubs last Friday. Samantha's body was discovered during a police search of rural ground near to Caverswall on Saturday 4 August. (Daily Mail)

Trump admits son's meeting with Russian lawyer

President Trump with his son Donald Trump Jr. © Reuters President Trump with his son Donald Trump Jr. President Trump acknowledged Sunday that a meeting his son held with a Russian government lawyer in June 2016 was an attempt “to get information on” Democrat Hillary Clinton but defended the encounter as “totally legal.” Mr. Trump and his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., have repeatedly denied that the president had advance knowledge of the Trump Tower meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer with links to the Kremlin. The meeting has come under the scrutiny of special counsel Robert Mueller. (The Wall Street Journal)

11 'starving' children rescued from buried compound in Mexico

A months-long search for a 3-year-old led police to a compound buried under New Mexico scrubland. After authorities raided the compound on Friday, they did not recover the toddler but found his alleged abductor and 11 other children — all of whom had been living in “the saddest living conditions and poverty I have seen.” (The Washington Post)

In Depth: How thieves stole Sweden's crown jewels... and fled in a speedboat

How thieves stole Sweden's crown jewels... and fled in a speedboat © The Daily Beast How thieves stole Sweden's crown jewels... and fled in a speedboat Around noon on July 30, two thieves boldly walked into the Strängnäs Cathedral in Sweden, smashed a glass case, grabbed two crowns and an orb, and then disappeared with their ill-begotten royal crown jewels in broad daylight. Of course, their getaway plan was a little more complicated than that of the jewelry heist itself - when is transportation not a headache? (The Daily Beast)

Video of the day: Terrifying moment rhino rams and chases after SUV

Rhino rams and chases after SUV © Sky News Rhino rams and chases after SUV A rhinoceros chased and rammed a small 4x4 vehicle carrying visitors at a zoo in central Mexico. (Sky News)

On this day

Aerial view of the mushroom cloud of smoke as it billows 20,000 ft. in the air, following the United States Air Force's detonation of an atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima, Japan, August 6, 1945. © Getty Aerial view of the mushroom cloud of smoke as it billows 20,000 ft. in the air, following the United States Air Force's detonation of an atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima, Japan, August 6, 1945. 1945: At 8:15 AM, a US B-29 dropped a single bomb over Hiroshima, and the first atomic weapon used in warfare detonated with a 13-kiloton blast, destroying nearly 5 square miles of the Japanese city. Over 70,000 died instantly, and tens of thousands will later perish from injury and sickness. (Bing)

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