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Morning Briefing: June 13, 2018 WEDNESDAY)

13/06/2018 News desk

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

Pressure mounts on May despite avoiding humiliating Brexit bill defeat

Pressure is mounting on Theresa May despite seeing off a threatened rebellion over her flagship Brexit bill with the last-minute promise of concessions. On Tuesday, the Prime Minister saw off a move by MPs to secure a “meaningful vote” on the eventual deal with the EU. However reports suggest no concessions have actually been agreed. That leaves open the prospect of leaving what is believed to be between 15 and 20 Tory rebels disappointed, which could cause significant problems for Mrs May further down the line. (Evening Standard)

Trump 'has agreed to lift sanctions on North Korea'

Donald Trump agreed to lift sanctions against North Korea along with providing it with security guarantees, the Korean state news agency has claimed. The Korean Central News Agency, which also reported that Kim Jong-un had accepted an invitation to visit the White House (The Hill), said Mr Trump had indicated he would lift sanctions along with ending military exercises with South Korea. On Tuesday, while Mr Trump had indicated he wanted to end “very provocative” war games, he said that sanctions would remain in place to exert “tremendous pressure”. (Independent) Meanwhile, here's a look at some clear winners and losers from the historic summit. (The Washington Post)

Mystery of World War Two tragedy that killed seven UK soldiers solved

Today marks the 75th anniversary of a military blunder on a secret wartime training exercise that resulted in the deaths of seven British soldiers on UK soil. The mistakes happened on a D-Day training exercise on 13 June 1943, and led to the paratroopers drowning in the River Tay in Dundee. Anna Mulford witnessed it, but never knew why it had happened. Many decades later, her son Michael finally discovered the truth. (Sky News)

Sunny spell forecast to make way for weekend washout

Weeks of sunny weather are set to be brought to an end with a weekend washout. Many parts of the UK will see showers on Saturday, with thunderstorms possible in Wales and south-west England, the Met Office said. It follows the hottest May on record last month and string of dry, sunny weekends with soaring temperatures. (Independent)

The most unmissable games of the 2018 World Cup group stages

The 2018 World Cup promises to be one of the best tournaments yet, with fans spoiled by the sheer number of incredible footballers who’ll be performing in Russia. Watching the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Salah could be enough to make all football fans salivate, but there’ll be plenty more of star players on display too. Here are the ten best group games that you wouldn't want to miss. (Read Sport)

In Depth: How three prisoners got away from the inescapable Alcatraz island

On the morning of June 12 1962, a loud, shrill siren began wailing from the top of a rock in San Francisco Bay. Few, if any, had ever before heard it sound in anger. It was the escape siren on the supposedly inescapable island prison of Alcatraz. (Independent)

Video of the day: Millennial monks adapt to a modernizing world

Mongolia’s millennial monks are today in charge of more and more of the country's monasteries. This new generation of monks are coming of age after decades of Soviet religious persecution. The Amarbayasgalant monastery is currently home to 40 monks. It had 800 before the Soviet era. In a modernizing world, finding young people to pursue this career is becoming difficult but the monks at Amarbayasgalant remain faithfully committed to the future. (National Geographic)

On this day:

The Queen, tense and shaken after a man fired several blanks from a replica pistol as the she passed in The Mall, rides into Horseguards Parade for the Trooping the Colour Ceremony. © Getty The Queen, tense and shaken after a man fired several blanks from a replica pistol as the she passed in The Mall, rides into Horseguards Parade for the Trooping the Colour Ceremony. 1981: Marcus Sarjeant, a former military cadet, fires six blank shots at the Queen from a replica pistol as she rides down the Mall during the Trooping of the Colour ceremony. The Queen is unharmed, and security services quickly subdue the attacker, who later claims he “wanted to be famous”. Sarjeant will be sentenced to five years in prison and will become the last person in the United Kingdom to be convicted of treason. (Bing)

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