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Morning Briefing: November 29, 2018 (THURSDAY)

29/11/2018 News desk

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

'I feel unsafe everywhere': Bullied Syrian refugee boy cries himself to sleep 

A Syrian boy who was beaten up and 'waterboarded' on a school field was so upset and 'ashamed' of the attack he dreaded returning to school and cried himself to sleep, he has revealed in a heartbreaking interview. The 15-year-old whose family escaped war in Syria and were relocated to Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, has suffered two years of bullying since his arrival - including the brutal attack by a much bigger boy, aged 16. (Daily Mail) Meanwhile, his local MP, Barry Sheerman, told HuffPost UK that the 15-year-old came to his office in Huddersfield in late October asking for help. (HuffPost UK)

No-deal will leave both UK and EU at greater risk of crime and terrorism

Security minister Ben Wallace will admit that the country's safety will be placed in jeopardy by no-deal Brexit in a speech to law enforcement and security leaders. As the cabinet increases pressure on fractured Tory MPs to support Theresa May’s agreement, he will say tell the London conference that the deal on the table “sets the foundations for the most comprehensive security relationship the EU has ever had with another country”. (The Independent) Meanwhile, May’s Brexit plan has been boosted by strong backing from senior Cabinet minister and Eurosceptic Andrea Leadsom. (Evening Standard)

Inside Britain's best home described as 'truly breathtaking'

Lochside House, a humble cottage in the Scottish Highlands, was crowned House Of The Year this week by the Royal Institute of British Architects. It's an off-grid property, with energy provided by the sun and water pulled up from a borehole. Ben Derbyshire, Riba president, described the home as "truly breathtaking" and the "perfect addition to this dream landscape". (Mirror)

UK breaking Arctic climate change pledges, report finds

The UK government's support for oil and gas "exploitation" in the Arctic goes against its climate change pledges, a new report has said. The Commons environmental audit committee added that the approach is not compatible with commitments such as the Paris agreement, and that failing to change course would mark a "dereliction of a global duty". (Sky News)

In Depth: The search for alien life begins in Earth’s oldest desert

The thing is, everything we know about Earth suggests that we should keep trying. When you take away almost all the water, add copious heat, eliminate all vegetation, and turn up the bitter sun, it is still possible to find something alive, even a whole community of living things. (The Atlantic)

Video of the day: Boy steals spotlight from Pope Francis

Pope Francis chuckles as mute boy tugs on a Swiss guard's  sleeve during a speech. (Reuters)

On this day

A study of British racing driver Graham Hill in racing overalls. © Getty A study of British racing driver Graham Hill in racing overalls. 1975: Graham Hill, one of Britain’s greatest motor racing drivers is killed when the light aircraft he is piloting clips trees whilst attempting to land at Elstree airfield in south-east England. Hill is killed instantly, along with his four passengers, all members of the fledgling Embassy Hill Formula One racing team. (Bing)

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