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Morning Briefing: November 8, 2018 (THURSDAY)

08/11/2018 News desk

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

Yellow warning as torrential rain to hit UK for next three days

The UK is set to be blasted with a monsoon of non-stop rain that will last for three days. According to the Met Office, the showers will continue through Thursday night for most of the country as strong winds are also expected. A yellow warning has been put in place for wind and rain from midnight tonight until Friday afternoon, when Storm Deirdre is expected to unleash the worst of its weather. (Mirror)

White House suspends CNN's Acosta after Trump confrontation

The White House on Wednesday suspended the press pass of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta after he and President Donald Trump had a heated confrontation during a news conference. The post-midterm election news conference marked a new low in the president's relationship with journalists. (Associated Press)

Prince Charles: Me, meddle as a king? I'm not that stupid

The Prince of Wales has sought to quell concerns that he would be a “meddling” or activist king , saying “I’m not that stupid”. His words, the strongest yet on the subject of his kinghood, are to be broadcast in a documentary on BBC One on Thursday to mark his 70th birthday. Declaring the role of sovereign and heir to be different, Prince Charles maintains he is aware of the constraints he will encounter as king, and says his behaviour will change. (The Guardian)

Grandma, 50, becomes Britain’s oldest mother of quadruplets

A fifty-year-old has 'made history' after becoming Britain's oldest mother of quadruplets. Tracey Britten, 50, gave birth to twin girls, another baby girl and a boy, via caesarean section last month at 31 weeks. The youngsters were immediately taken into intensive care, but are making such good progress the proud mother is hoping her new brood will be home in time for Christmas. (Daily Mail)

In Depth: In China, female pilots strain to hold up half the sky

When Han Siyuan first decided to apply for a job as a pilot cadet in 2008, she was up against 400 female classmates in China on tests measuring everything from their command of English to the length of their legs. Eventually, she became the only woman from her university that Shanghai-based Spring Airlines picked for training that year. (Reuters)

Video of the day: Oldest known figurative cave art discovered in Borneo

The world’s earliest-known figurative painting has been identified, hidden in the depths of a nearly inaccessible cave on the island of Borneo. Depictions of cow-like animals from the site have been dated to around 40,000 years old. (The Independent)

On this day

Led Zeppelin play Stairway to Heaven at Knebworth on August 11, 1979 in Knebworth, United Kingdom. © Getty Led Zeppelin play Stairway to Heaven at Knebworth on August 11, 1979 in Knebworth, United Kingdom. 1971: The officially unnamed fourth album from the British rock band becomes known as Led Zeppelin IV. The album will be a phenomenal success and contains some of Zeppelin's greatest hits: 'Black Dog,' 'Rock and Roll,' and, of course, 'Stairway to Heaven.' (Bing)

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