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Morning Briefing: May 15, 2018 (TUESDAY)

15/05/2018 News desk

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

Palace plea for 'understanding' as Meghan's dad may not attend wedding

Kensington Palace has asked for "understanding" ahead of Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle amid reports her father will not attend. "This is a deeply personal moment for Ms Markle in the days before her wedding," said a palace spokesman. "She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr Markle in this difficult situation." Reports emerged on TMZ that former Hollywood lighting director Thomas Markle had decided not to appear at Windsor Castle on Saturday after being left "deeply embarrassed" by the release of pictures that appeared to show him colluding with photographers. He reportedly suffered a heart attack six days ago but checked himself out of hospital to prepare for the wedding. (Sky News)

At least 58 Palestinians killed in Gaza border clashes

Israeli forces killed 58 Palestinians on the boundary fence with Gaza on Monday in a level of bloodshed not seen since the most violent days of Israel’s 2014 war in the territory. The death toll more than doubled the number of Palestinians killed during six weeks of demonstrations, dubbed the “March of Return,” and came on the same day that a new US Embassy opened in Jerusalem. Tens of thousands of Palestinians had gathered on the edges of the fenced off blockaded territory from mid-morning. Many came to peacefully demonstrate, bringing their children, carrying flags. But the protests appeared to have a more violent edge than in previous weeks. (The Washington Post)

Fears deadly new pig virus could spread to humans

A lethal pig virus that shows similarities to Sars could jump to humans. Porcine deltacoronavirus causes acute diarrhoea and vomiting in infected pigs and can be fatal. New research suggests the pathogen readily jumps between the cells of different species, including humans. (Sky News)

Sam Allardyce opens up on Wayne Rooney's Everton future

Sam Allardyce has indicated that Wayne Rooney's future could be decided on Wednesday. The under-fire Everton boss repeated an earlier claim that the former England international's potential move to Major League Soccer side DC United was "not in my hands now". However, it looks like there will be an update this week, with Allardyce adding on Sky Sports' Season Review - Managers Special: "It's moved on with his representative and the board from here, which I believe may be Wednesday." (Mirror)

In Depth: How NHS heroes saved UK's youngest gunshot victim

In March 2011, five-year-old Thusha Kamaleswaran was happily dancing in the aisle of her uncle’s shop when two men ran in, fleeing from gang rivals. Three men outside fired shots into the shop, missing their targets, but hitting Thusha in the chest, shattering her spine. (Mirror)

Video of the day: Mysterious deep-sea jellyfish filmed in rare sighting

Meet Deepstaria enigmatica, one of the largest and most mysterious invertebrate predators of the seas. It was shot with a remotely operated vehicle equipped with a camera and lenses, housed in a 13” polished glass sphere. (National Geographic)

On this day:

A Compact Cloud Formed After The Explosion Of A Hydrogen Bomb © Getty A Compact Cloud Formed After The Explosion Of A Hydrogen Bomb 1957: Britain explodes its first hydrogen bomb when a device code-named Short Granite is dropped over Malden Island in the South Pacific Ocean. The test sparks a major debate about the dangers of nuclear warfare and will lead to the founding in 1958 of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, which will press for British, and ultimately international, abandonment of nuclear weapons. (Bing)

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