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Morning Briefing: October 4, 2018 (THURSDAY)

04/10/2018 News desk

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

UK accuses Russia's GRU spies of cyber attacks

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) and British Prime Minister Theresa May pictured during a meeting. © Getty Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) and British Prime Minister Theresa May pictured during a meeting. The Kremlin has orchestrated a series of “indiscriminate and reckless” cyber attacks in Britain and across the globe, using the same military intelligence unit behind the Salisbury nerve agent attack, the UK government said on Wednesday. (The Telegraph) The GRU first came to national attention after the Salisbury nerve agent attack, with suspects Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov believed to be aliases used by officers in the Russian intelligence service. (Press Association)

BBC Radio star Mark Radcliffe to take break for cancer treatment

Radio 2 Folk Show host Mark Radcliffe has said he will be taking some time off for treatment for "cancerous tongue and lymph node issues". The broadcaster, 60, made the announcement during his show on Wednesday night. (Mirror)

May dances on stage as rivals plot to dance on her political grave

Theresa May stunned activists at the Tory conference in Birmingham yesterday by showing off her moves, before launching a last-ditch bid to stay in No 10 with a £2 billion spending vow. But Mrs May, facing bitter infighting over her Brexit plan, was left humiliated when Tory MP James Duddridge submitted a letter of no confidence to the 1922 backbench committee. (Mirror) Here's a look at how the papers reacted to the Dancing Queen. (Press Association)

Rescued 'slave' may have lived in a shed in Cumbria for 40 years

Specialist officers have rescued a potential modern slavery victim who is believed to have lived in a six-foot shed for 40 years. An investigation is under way after the 58-year-old British man was found in the wooden structure, which contained just a chair and soiled bedding, at a residential site north of Carlisle in Cumbria. A 79-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of modern slavery offences, while the victim was taken to be medically examined and assessed. (The Guardian)

In Depth: Prehistoric sharks feasted on flying reptiles

A series of bite marks on a pterosaur’s wing bone reveals that it likely ended up as the meal of several large predatory fish, including a prehistoric shark called Squalicorax. The 83-million-year-old fossil, found in 2014 at a paleontological site in Alabama, adds to growing evidence that these weird wonders on wings were sometimes snacks for dinosaurs, prehistoric crocodile relatives, and large fish. (National Geographic)

Video of the day: Missing cat found after six years

A cat lover had an extraordinary reunion with her beloved moggy, which went missing six years ago, after offering to re-home a stranger's pet. Alice Thomas was left heartbroken after her “best friend” Ajay never came home one night in 2012. (SWNS)

On this day

Engraving depicting the interior of a saloon car on the Orient Express. © Getty Engraving depicting the interior of a saloon car on the Orient Express. 1883: Passengers can now depart Paris on the Express d'Orient, with stops in Munich, Vienna, and Budapest before reaching the Danube, where connections will take them to the cusp of Eurasia, Constantinople. The route will vary over the years, but it will become associated with foreign intrigue and exotic destinations. (Bing)

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