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Morning Briefing: May 16, 2018 (WEDNESDAY)

16/05/2018 News desk

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

North Korea warns military exercises imperil US summit

North Korea suspended high-level talks with South Korea and threatened to call off a planned US-North Korean summit in June, citing its objections to military exercises being conducted by the US and South Korea. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency, in a report published early Wednesday in Pyongyang, pointed to the drills involving the South Korean and US air forces as a major concern, calling the maneuvers a rehearsal for invasion. (The Wall Street Journal)

Meghan's dad wont attend wedding due to heart surgery

Meghan Markle’s father is to ungergo heart surgery which will stop him from walking his daughter down the aisle. After a day of confusion, in which he appeared to change his plans repeatedly, Thomas Markle announced via US celebrity website TMZ that he was due to have an operation and would not attend the Royal wedding on Saturday. It marked a dramatic turn of events and came just hours after an earlier u-turn, in which he said he would be at the wedding. (The Telegraph)

MPs rip apart Carillion bosses in scathing report

Bosses of outsourcing giant Carillion were “too busy stuffing their mouths with gold” to care about workers and should be banned from running other firms, MPs have said. In a scathing final report into the catastrophic collapse of the construction mega-contractor, “disgraceful” directors have been lambasted for presiding over a “rotten corporate culture”. (Huffington Post UK)

Shocking discovery in hidden pages of Anne Frank's diary

Anne Frank wrote a number of dirty jokes about prostitution and shared her thoughts on sex in hidden pages of her diary, researchers have revealed The young Jewish teenager's diary, written when she was in hiding from the Nazis, became world-famous when it was published after her death and at the end of the war. Two hidden pages, reportedly covered with gummed brown paper to hide her risqué writing from her family, have now been read by researchers. (Evening Standard)

In Depth: The confused anime guy meme explained

“Is This a Pigeon?” (alternately dubbed the Anime Butterfly meme, Confused Anime Dude, Oblivious Anime Guy, or ... look, you get the idea) has emerged as the meme of the moment thanks to a mix of social media drift and an odd cultural zeitgeist. In fact, this meme has been making the rounds for years in various iterations - but it surfaced over the past month or so in a specific form, as part of a specific contemporary trend in meme-making. (Vox.com)

Video of the day: Hidden forest of bamboo coral may be 1,000 years old

Scientists have discovered this hidden forest of bamboo coral 7,500 feet deep in the Gulf of Mexico. Bamboo coral is common in deep waters and this colony could be nearly a thousand years old. They can grow on steep cliff sides and use their fans to catch food that floats by. (National Geographic)

On this day:

A statue of late Chairman Mao Zedong is pictured at Beijing University of Chemical Technology in Beijing © Reuters A statue of late Chairman Mao Zedong is pictured at Beijing University of Chemical Technology in Beijing 1966: Mao Zedong, China's Communist Party chairman, issues his 'May 16 Notice' condemning the growing influence of capitalist elements in the government, and he calls for a purge. The resulting 'Cultural Revolution' will lead to the destruction of important landmarks, torture, and murder. (Bing)

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