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Morning Briefing: June 18, 2018 (MONDAY)

18/06/2018 News desk

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

May under pressure to explain £20bn NHS funding plan

A Tory MP has labelled claims a "Brexit dividend" will help fund a cash injection for the NHS as "tosh", with Theresa May's pledge of more money for the health service coming under scrutiny. The prime minister said the NHS will receive an extra £20bn a year in real terms funding (once inflation is taken into account) by 2024, an average increase of 3.4% every year for the next five years. But the government's decision to link part of the extra money to the infamous Vote Leave pledge to spend the money Britain sends to European Union on the NHS instead has provoked much comment. (Sky News)

David Dimbleby to step down as chair of BBC's Question Time

David Dimbleby is to step down as chairman of the BBC’s Question Time programme after 25 years in the job. “At the end of the year I will have been chairing Question Time for a quarter of a century and I have decided that this is the right moment to leave,” the presenter said. Dimbleby turns 80 later this year, but insists he has no plans to retire from journalism: “Instead, after years in the studio, I now plan to return to my first love: reporting.” (The Guardian)

Three dead and hundreds injured as 6.1 earthquake hits Japan

A young girl and an elderly man were among three killed and more than 200 others injured when a strong earthquake hit Japan on Monday morning. The nine-year-old girl and 80-year-old man died after walls collapsed when the magnitude-6.1 quake hit Osaka in western Japan. Several other victims were also reported to be in "cardiopulmonary arrest", public broadcaster NHK said Japan does not confirm deaths until a formal examination has been made and generally uses the term cardiopulmonary arrest in such cases. (Mirror)

Kane gunning for Ronaldo hat-trick heroics in England opener

England captain Harry Kane is keen to stop Cristiano Ronaldo running away with the World Cup Golden Boot race. Kane will lead England out as captain for their first action of the tournament against Tunisia on Monday in Volgograd, having already seen a supreme display of finishing at Russia 2018. Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo dragged Portugal to a breathless 3-3 draw with Spain on Friday. Kane has put himself in a similar bracket in terms of weight of goals – he outscored Ronaldo for club and country over the course of 2017. ( Meanwhile, here's a look at what you may have missed on day four. (Read Sport)

In Depth: Pitched perfect? Why pop stars choose the films they do

Rihanna has taken on her biggest acting role since pretending to be interested in Drake, as one of a ragtag gang of jewel thieves in Ocean’s 8. She plays Nine Ball, a computer nerd, who helps Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett upset Anne Hathaway while James Corden is somewhere in the background being annoying. On paper, it’s a character that feels at odds with the Rihanna we know and love, but as with all semi-successful pop star-to-actor pivots, there is enough of her there to fit the brand and signpost where she might be going next. (The Guardian)

Video of the day: Scientists track mysterious green sea turtles

Green turtles in the Middle East are one of the world’s least understood turtle populations. An international team of researchers is wrangling dozens of turtles, rodeo-style, to learn more about their migration routes and locations of nesting beaches. The researchers are checking the turtles’ health and taking measurements and using laparoscopy to check the sex of each turtle. (National Geographic)

On this day:

French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte flees the pursuing allied troops after he is defeated at the Battle of Waterloo during the Napoleonic War of the Seventh Coalition on 18th June 1815 at Waterloo, Belgium. © Getty French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte flees the pursuing allied troops after he is defeated at the Battle of Waterloo during the Napoleonic War of the Seventh Coalition on 18th June 1815 at Waterloo, Belgium. 1815: A once immensely powerful ruler and seemingly unstoppable military leader, France's Napoleon Bonaparte fights his final battle at Waterloo, in the Netherlands. The coalition of forces arrayed against Napoleon, including the British and Prussian armies, prove insurmountable. (Bing)

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