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Morning Briefing: July 11, 2018 (WEDNESDAY)

11/07/2018 News desk

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

Facebook handed record £500,000 UK fine over data breach scandal

Facebook has been slapped with a £500,000 fine for the role it played in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which the data of 87 million users was harvested for political purposes. The penalty could be just the first in what might become several fines for Mark Zuckerberg as the Information Commissioner’s Office continues to investigate other aspects of data sharing. (The Telegraph)

England brace for biggest game in 28 years as they face Croatia in semi-finals

England are gearing up for their first World Cup semi-final since 1990 when they face Croatia in Moscow today. Gareth Southgate's team have enthralled the nation with their unexpected run to the last four, with a first major trophy in 52 years now a real possibility. Expert columnists give their views on whether England can beat the Croatians and make it all the way to the final. (Daily Mail) Meanwhile, Samuel Umtiti's 51st-minute header sent an impressive France into the final with a 1-0 win over Belgium in an absorbing first semi-final on Tuesday. (Reuters)

May offered glimmer of hope by Merkel amid threats over Brexit plans

May has been offered a glimmer of hope from the EU over her new Brexit plan, after a bruising few days marked by a string of shock resignations from senior Tories. Angela Merkel appeared to soften her tone towards the beleaguered prime minister by promising to consider her proposals for future relations with the EU in "the spirit of friendship". It will come as a relief to May that European leaders have not rejected her plan outright, as officials in Brussels previously warned it could be "dead in the water" over the EU's opposition to any hint the UK wants a single market deal on goods but not services. (Independent)

Ex-Love Island star's boyfriend found dead days after her funeral

Stars and fans have paid tribute to the boyfriend of Love Island star Sophie Gradon after he was found dead days after his girlfriend's funeral. Aaron Armstrong, 25, was devastated by the death of his reality TV star girlfriend, who is believed to have taken her own life aged 32. He was found dead at his home in Blyth, Northumberland, on Tuesday afternoon. It comes after he discovered his girlfriend’s body at her parents’ home less than three weeks ago. (Daily Mail)

In Depth: How rescuers pulled off the impossible in a treacherous Thai cave

It began as a misadventure by 12 boys and their soccer coach in a flood-prone northern Thai cave, which soon seemed destined to end in tragedy. Then, it turned into a nearly three-week-long story of survival, international collaboration and triumph over the impossible - one that was avidly embraced and followed live across the world. (The New York Times)

Video of the day: Brave diver pulls hook out of shark's mouth

This incredible slow-motion video shows the moment when a brave diver pulled a hook from the mouth of a shark. The footage, taken on a conservation trip to the Bahamas, shows diver and marine biologist Leigh Cobb bait the oceanic white tip shark with a fish, before placing her left hand on the animal's nose and pulling out the hook with her right hand. (SWNS)

On this day:

© Getty 1859: After the Great Clock of Westminster's first bell cracks during testing, a second one is installed, and London hears Big Ben for the first time. The new bell will also crack that September and take several years to repair. (Bing)

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