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Morning Briefing: November 28, 2018 (WEDNESDAY)

28/11/2018 News desk

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

Storm Diana set to hit the UK with heavy rain and up to 70mph winds

a large body of water with smoke coming out of it: Waves crash against the shore in Hampshire as Storm Diana approaches © PA Waves crash against the shore in Hampshire as Storm Diana approaches Storm Diana is set to bring heavy rain and severe gales of up to 70mph to the UK today. The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for western parts of the country as the powerful winds approach. Temperatures are predicted to be mild, with highs of 15C (59F) possible in the South East. (Sky News)

Pardoned British academic 'to sue UAE over false imprisonment'

The British academic pardoned after being jailed for spying in the UAE plans to sue his captors. Matthew Hedges, 31, was granted a presidential pardon from a life term for allegedly spying on security operations. He has since returned to Britain where he was reunited with his wife. (Evening Standard)

Tiny fridge part blamed for sparking Grenfell Tower inferno

An inquiry has revealed the relay compressor compartment recovered from the fridge freezer from Flat 16 © Grenfell Tower Inquiry/PA An inquiry has revealed the relay compressor compartment recovered from the fridge freezer from Flat 16 This is the burnt out fridge part that started the killer Grenfell Tower inferno. A tiny wire connector in this Hotpoint fridge-freezer relay compressor is likely to have overheated in flat 16 on the fourth floor, the blaze inquiry was told. Electrical fire expert Dr John Glover highlighted “poor crimp connection”, which made the wires unsafe by failing to keep them tightly gripped. (Mirror)

Chancellor to set out analysis of economic impact of Brexit

Chancellor Philip Hammond is due to set out the government's analysis of the economic impact of Brexit. The Bank of England will also deliver its assessments on Wednesday as Theresa May heads to Scotland to press the case for her agreement with Brussels. (Sky News) Meanwhile, a damning report by a committee of MPs has warned there is a "real prospect" of chaos at Britain's ports in the event of a no-deal Brexit because of ministers' "complacency". (The Independent) 

In Depth: Facebook 'has a problem' with black people

BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 05: The Logo of social media platform facebook is displayed on a smartphone on October 05, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images) © Getty BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 05: The Logo of social media platform facebook is displayed on a smartphone on October 05, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images) Facebook has a problem with black people. That's the assessment of Mark Luckie, a former employee who says racial discrimination is real, both on the company's Silicon Valley campus and on the social media giant's platform. A Facebook post he shared with management and employees earlier this month and released publicly on Tuesday exposes racial fault lines that Luckie says should be a matter of grave public alarm. (USA TODAY)

Video of the day: Reach for the moon as lunar samples are up for auction

Reach for the moon: lunar samples up for auction in New York © AFP Reach for the moon: lunar samples up for auction in New York Sotheby's auction house is putting up for sale what they say are the only known documented lunar samples in private hands. The three tiny rocks were already sold by them once in 1993 and could go for close to a million dollars this time - or more if bidders reach for the moon. (AFP)

On this day

1582: Eighteen-year-old William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway, age 26, paid 40 pounds for a wedding license in Stratford-upon-Avon. Six months later, the couple had a daughter, followed later by twins. (Bing)

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