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Morning Briefing: August 9, 2018

09/08/2018 News desk

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

US to impose sanctions on Russia over Skripal poisonings

Sergei and Yulia Skripal were attacked with novichok and found slumped on a bench in Salisbury in March © SKY NEWS Sergei and Yulia Skripal were attacked with novichok and found slumped on a bench in Salisbury in March

The US state department will impose sanctions on Russia after it determined Moscow used a nerve agent to attack the Skripals. The US expelled a number of Russian diplomats as part of an international response to the attack when the former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were taken ill in March. The sanctions would take effect on or around 22 August, after a 15-day congressional notification period. (Sky News) On March 26, Britain’s allies announced that more than 100 Russian agents were being sent home from 22 countries in the “largest collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers in history”. (Press Association)

May writes letter to grassroots Tories 'selling' her Chequers plan

Theresa May and her Cabinet have launched an attempt to persuade Tory members to back the Prime Minister’s Chequers plan which Brexiteers have labelled “irrelevant”. Mrs May has sent a letter outlining the case for her plan to the Conservative grassroots and has included endorsements from senior figures including Dominic Raab, Michael Gove and Liam Fox. (The Telegraph)

Torrential rain and thunderstorms as Atlantic storm's tail end could hit UK

The UK heatwave is to come to a wet end as the tail end of an Atlantic Storm Debby looks set to bring torrential rain and thunderstorms to parts of the UK. Debby is expected to dissipate over the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday but low pressure could reach the UK, bringing wet and windy weather over the weekend. (Mirror)

British flamingos lay eggs for first time in 15 years after heatwave

Andean flamingos at WWT Slimbridge © WWT Slimbridge Andean flamingos at WWT Slimbridge Flamingos living in a British wildfowl reserve have laid eggs for the first time in 15 years after the heatwave mimicked conditions they would normally experience in the wild. The rare flock of Andean flamingos at WWT Slimbridge in Gloucester last produced eggs in 2003, when conditions were similarly stifling. This year’s record-breaking temperatures sparked six of the birds to lay nine eggs, but as they were all infertile. (The Telegraph)

In Depth: A female olympian who models men's clothing

Casey Legler, a former Olympic swimmer, was the first woman to sign to the men’s board at Ford Models. © The New York Times Casey Legler, a former Olympic swimmer, was the first woman to sign to the men’s board at Ford Models. 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: Is it round or square? This mug will have you scratching your head

Is this mug round or square? © Newsflare Is this mug round or square? Some craftwork can defy the eyes. Artist and puzzle maker Tony Fisher shows off a mug he made that is both round and square depending on your perspective. To show there are no camera tricks Fisher fills the mug with milk and stirs it around with a spoon. (Newsflare)

On this day

FILE - In this 1969 file photo, Charles Manson is escorted to his arraignment on conspiracy-murder charges in connection with the Sharon Tate murder case. Authorities say Manson, cult leader and mastermind behind 1969 deaths of actress Sharon Tate and several others, died on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. He was 83. (AP Photo, File) © ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE - In this 1969 file photo, Charles Manson is escorted to his arraignment on conspiracy-murder charges in connection with the Sharon Tate murder case. Authorities say Manson, cult leader and mastermind behind 1969 deaths of actress Sharon Tate and several others, died on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. He was 83. (AP Photo, File) 1969: Pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others are discovered dead in Los Angeles at the Benedict Canyon hillside home she shares with her husband, film director Roman Polanski. The murders will be traced back to Charles Manson and members of his cult, known as 'The Manson Family.' (Bing)

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