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Morning Briefing: August 8, 2018

08/08/2018 News desk

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

Tories at war after Johnson's burka jibe as May refuses to suspend him

Boris Johnson © PA Boris Johnson The Tories last night plunged into open warfare over Boris Johnson’s rant aimed at ­Muslim women. Theresa May had earlier backed an order for the former Foreign ­Secretary to say sorry for comparing women wearing burkas or niqabs to “bank robbers” and “letterboxes”. (Mirror) Meanwhile, some MPs believe Johnson can think himself lucky he had already resigned from the cabinet over his opposition to May’s Chequers deal on Brexit. They claim that even for the accident-prone former foreign secretary, who has been regularly causing offence with insensitive and offensive comments for nearly 20 years, his burka blunder was a gaffe too far. (Sky News)

Grenfell council was issued fire warning one year before the blaze

Official warnings about the lack of fire safety at Grenfell Tower were issued a year before the blaze that killed 72 residents, it emerged last night. Dozens of failings were discovered during assessments by the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority. Warnings were issued to the West London tower block's management in June 2016 with deadlines for action. (Daily Mail)

Boy's remains found in horror Mexico compound

The remains of a young child were discovered on the grounds of the New Mexico compound in which 11 kids were found abused and living in squalor, police revealed. Five adults were arrested following a raid on the location, in which investigators discovered 11 children - ages 1 to 15 - living in "the ugliest looking, filthiest" conditions. (Fox News)

Elon Musk reveals he's considering taking Tesla private

Tesla Motors Inc. CEO Elon Musk delivers a conference at the Paris Pantheon Sorbonne University as part of the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Paris, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. © AP Tesla Motors Inc. CEO Elon Musk delivers a conference at the Paris Pantheon Sorbonne University as part of the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Paris, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. Tesla CEO Elon Musk shocked investors Tuesday by floating the idea of taking the company private, in what would be the largest deal of its kind. The step would remove the public spotlight from the company, which has been burning through cash and struggling to meet production targets. (CNBC)

A sunflower farm © Getty A sunflower farm Two weeks ago, a Canadian seed farm in Hamilton, Ontario, opened its gates to visitors, allowing them to wander through 70 bucolic acres of towering, buoyant sunflowers. Eight days after the first tourists arrived for the season, the Bogles demanded everyone go home after selfie-taking guests ruined the experience for everyone. (The New York Times)

Video of the day: Cat returns home after going missing for 13 years

Cat returns home after going missing for 13 years © SWNS Cat returns home after going missing for 13 years An elderly moggy has finally found its way home after going missing - for an incredible 13 years. Janet Adamowicz was left heartbroken when her beloved tabby cat called Boo disappeared unexpectedly in 2005 aged just four. (SWNS)

On this day

Millions grabbed in brazen English train heist © Evening Standard/Getty Images Millions grabbed in brazen English train heist 1963: At 3:15 AM in rural Buckinghamshire, England, the Glasgow-Euston mail train is halted, boarded, and robbed of more than £2 million in untraceable bank notes. While most of the money in the biggest rail heist in British history will never be found, many of the participants will be. (Bing)

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