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Morning Briefing: June 14, 2018 (THURSDAY)

14/06/2018 News desk

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

Six Labour MPs quit frontbench roles over key Brexit vote

Jeremy Corbyn has suffered a 90-strong rebellion over a Brexit vote on remaining in the European Economic Area, with six of his MPs resigning from their frontbench roles. Junior Labour frontbenchers Laura Smith, Ged Killen, Ellie Reeves, Tonia Antoniazzi and Anna McMorrin were the first to step down from their roles on Wednesday night. Their resignations were revealed moments before the result of a vote on a Lords Brexit bill amendment which called for the government to make remaining in the EEA a negotiating objective. (Sky News)

Grenfell Tower floodlit green to mark one-year anniversary

Grenfell Tower has been floodlit green to mark a year since the devastating fire killed 72 people. Today it is 12 months since a small kitchen fire in the high-rise turned into the most deadly domestic blaze since the Second World War. The 24-storey block was illuminated on Wednesday night, the first step in a series of commemorations taking place this week. (The Telegraph) Meanwhile, a pensioner who survived talks about rebuilding her shattered life. (Daily Mail)

'Threat to life' warning as winds of up to 70mph to batter UK

Gale winds of up to 70mph are due to hit the UK today as Storm Hector descends, with the Met Office warning of a threat to life. A yellow warning has been issued across Scotland, the North of England and Northern Ireland, as the high winds come from across the Atlantic. This follows a weeks-long spell of sunshine and warmth, as Britain basked in an unusually hot start to summer. (The Telegraph)

Einstein's travel diaries reveal 'shocking' racist views

Albert Einstein’s racist attitude towards Chinese people has been revealed following the publication of travel diaries he kept during a visit to Asia in the 1920s. The previously unseen journals have been published by Princeton University Press. The publisher describes the diaries as detailing Einstein’s “quirky, succinct, and at times irreverent” musings on science, philosophy, art and politic. In one excerpt Einstein describes the Chinese as “industrious, filthy, obtuse people,” later calling them a “peculiar herd-like nation… often more like automatons than people.” (Newsweek)

2018 FIFA World Cup: Everything you need to know

Has it been an agonizing four years waiting for the World Cup to return? Well, your wait is finally over. The 2018 World Cup kicks off from Russia today, and will pump nonstop soccer into your eyeballs for the next month. There’s just one game on the opening day, but the group stage gets jam-packed after that. Here's everything you need to know about the World Cup. (SB Nation)

In Depth: The British teen who stunned America's Got Talent judges

America Got Talent's singing sensation, Courtney Hadwin, has been been busking across the country in order to fund her dream. For the past two years the girl who has wowed America has been performing on the streets of UK to pay for her singing lessons. The money also goes towards her dad, Paul, to help pay for fuel to take her to gigs and to her favourite busking spots in London, York and the North East. But the talent, which blew away the AGT judges and earned her the Golden Buzzer straight through to the finals of the show, has not gone down well with fellow buskers. (Daily Mail)

Video of the day: England football fans cycle across six countries to get to Russia

A pair of die-hard England football fans have cycled the immense 3,500km to Russia for the World Cup. The pair began their journey in Emsworth, near Portsmouth in the south of England on May 25. They finally arrived in southwest Russia on June 11. Mitch Jones, 24, and Jamie Marriott, 28 made the incredible journey across the continent to see their home team play in Russia for the Fifa World Cup. They travelled through France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and Ukraine. (Newsflare)

On this day:

Margaret Thatcher PM pictured outside Downing Street, London, Thursday 6th May 1982, she iseaving Downing Street for the House of Commons, to address Parliament on latests news regarding Falklands Conflict. © Getty Margaret Thatcher PM pictured outside Downing Street, London, Thursday 6th May 1982, she iseaving Downing Street for the House of Commons, to address Parliament on latests news regarding Falklands Conflict. 1982: Margaret Thatcher announces that a ceasefire between British and Argentine forces on the Falkland Islands has been agreed. The ceasefire follows the defeat of an Argentine garrison led by Commander Mario Menendez at Port Stanley. Under sustained and deadly fire, his demoralised troops begin to throw down their weapons. Menendez, eager to avoid further military and civilian casualties, agrees to meet with Michael Rose, the commander of the British forces, and signs a surrender document, against the wishes of the Argentine president, Leopoldo Galtieri. (Bing)

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