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Morning Briefing: October 9, 2018 (TUESDAY)

09/10/2018 News desk

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

Russian military doctor named as second suspect in Skripal attack

The identity of the second suspect in the Salisbury poisoning has been revealed as Dr Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin, a doctor in Russia's military intelligence agency. The Bellingcat investigative website posted the name online almost a fortnight after it outed the first suspect as Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga, 39, also a GRU officer. (Sky News) However, details of the second suspect are even scarcer than that of his accomplice. (Press Association)

Google+ to shut down after security flaw exposes users' private details 

Google is shutting down its Google+ social network after it covered up a gaping security hole that exposed the personal data of half a million internet users. Up to 500,000 people may have been affected by the flaw, which allowed hundreds of apps to access data including people’s jobs, ages and location information. (The Telegraph) Meet the educators and gamers mourning the death of Google+ (Quartz)

Pret baguettes sold in UK are made in a French factory and 'up to a year old'

Pret a Manger’s ‘fresh’ baguettes are made in a French factory and can be kept for up to a year, the Mail revealed today. The sandwich chain regularly describes its products as natural and boasts of baking bread throughout the day in-store with ‘wonderful baker’s ovens’. Of its baguettes, Pret’s website says: ‘The fresher the better.’ However they are made on an industrial estate near Rennes by the global food giant Bridor. (Daily Mail)

Norton hits out at 'pathetic' decision to let BBC publish its stars' salaries

Graham Norton has criticised the "pathetic" decision to publish BBC star salaries, and said some of the figures bear little relation to reality. Norton said the disclosures were not in the public interest and had done little more than provoke "gossip" about what people earn. It was the former Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale, who insisted the BBC publish the salaries of everyone earning £150,000 or more. (The Telegraph)

In Depth: Protesters' unique approach in fight for an ancient forest

For six years, a group of protesters in northeast Germany took a unique approach to try to save an ancient forest from destruction - they lived in it. But in mid to late September, those protesters were forced out by police. Now, the ancient forest is caught in a legal battle between environmental groups trying to prevent deforestation and German energy company RWE, which wants to clear large swaths of the forest for brown coal mining operations. (National Geographic)

Video of the day: Whale calf freed from shark nets

A whale calf has been rescued after becoming trapped in shark nets off the coast of Queensland, Australia. (Press Association)

On this day

Strawberry Fields in Central Park on the 25th anniversary of John Lennon's murder © Getty Strawberry Fields in Central Park on the 25th anniversary of John Lennon's murder 1985: On what would've been John Lennon's 45th birthday, his widow Yoko Ono dedicates an area of New York City's Central Park to the memory of her slain husband. 'Strawberry Fields,' named for one of Lennon's songs, opens almost five years after the beloved musician's death shocked the world. (Bing)

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