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Morning Briefing: December 4, 2018 (Tuesday)

04/12/2018 News desk

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

Refugee families allowed to settle in UK after 20 years at RAF base

Six refugee families who have been stranded at a British military base in Cyprus for more than 20 years are to be allowed to settle in the UK following a legal battle. The government has granted the group indefinite leave to enter the UK for permanent residence, in a U-turn that comes shortly before a Supreme Court hearing on the case. (The Independent)

Ukrainian troops sent to Russian border

Ukraine has started calling up reservists and sent troops to its border with Russia as tensions continue to simmer between the two nations. Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine’s president, announced the decision on Monday, saying it was in response to a “sharp increase in Russian forces along our borders". (Newsweek)

Women's Ballon d'Or presenter apologises after asking winner to 'twerk'

Women's Ballon d'Or winner Ada Hegerberg dances with Martin Solveig - AFP © AFP Women's Ballon d'Or winner Ada Hegerberg dances with Martin Solveig - AFP The Ballon d'Or awards scored an embarrassing own goal on Monday night at a ceremony that was meant to represent a major breakthrough for female footballers. As Lyon's Ada Hegerburg stepped up to take the inaugural women's prize, she was asked by French DL Martin Solveig if she knew how to twerk. (The Telegraph)

Britain set to be hit by icy cold snap as temps plunge to -8C

Britain is set to be hit by a cold snap with temperatures plunging to as low as -8C this week, with widespread frost and snow on the way, according to forecasters. The Met Office has put in place a yellow weather warning for ice in northern England and Scotland, and offered guidance to drivers about possible 'hazardous' conditions. (Daily Mail)

Hackers stole up to 100 million Quora users’ data

Quora said it discovered last week that hackers broke into its systems and were able to make off with data on up to 100 million users. That data could have included a user’s name, email address, and an encrypted version of their password. (The Verge)

In Depth: The UK professor who is also a 9/11 truther

An academic teaching journalism students at one of the UK’s top universities has publicly supported long-discredited conspiracy theories about the 9/11 terror attack. Professor Piers Robinson is the chair in politics, society and political journalism at the University of Sheffield. (HuffPost UK)

Video of the day: How engineers are straightening the Leaning Tower of Pisa

A picture taken on November 28, 2018 shows the Pisa Tower in Pisa. - The Leaning Tower of Pisa is now stable and has even straightened slightly thanks to engineering work to save the world-renowned tourist attraction, experts said on November 21, 2018. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY CHARLES ONIANS        (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images) A picture taken on November 28, 2018 shows the Pisa Tower in Pisa. - The Leaning Tower of Pisa is now stable and has even straightened slightly thanks to engineering work to save the world-renowned tourist attraction, experts said on November 21, 2018. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY CHARLES ONIANS (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images) Italy's striking Leaning Tower of Pisa is leaning less after years of ambitious engineering work. Fortunately for the millions of tourists who come here every year, the 57-metre (186-feet) tower remains beautifully askance. (AFP)

On this day

A concert by English rock band The Who, circa 1980. © Getty A concert by English rock band The Who, circa 1980. 1979: Excitement turns deadly as thousands of fans push their way into the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati to see the British rock band the Who. Eleven people, mostly teenagers, are suffocated as the crowd crushes onto the concourse. The band won't learn of the deaths until after the show. (Bing)

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