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Morning Briefing: September 10, 2018 (MONDAY)

10/09/2018 News desk

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

Boris Johnson triggers Tory civil war after his 'suicide vest' jibe

Boris Johnson © Daily Mail Boris Johnson At least a dozen Tory MPs are ready to quit the party to stop Boris Johnson becoming leader. They issued the warning after he sparked outrage by saying Theresa May’s Brexit strategy had put Britain in a suicide vest and handed the detonator to Brussels. Mr Johnson’s critics accused him of using disgusting language to distract attention from his private life. He is being divorced by long-suffering wife Marina over claims of another affair. (Daily Mail)

Man arrested after 'two Britons' among seven stabbed in Paris attack
At least two British visitors to Paris were among seven victims of a savage knife attack in the French capital, police said today. A suspect ‘of Pakistani or Afghan origin’ began ‘slashing passers-by’ on the Loire Quay in the north of the city on Sunday night. (Mirror)

Middle-aged drinkers urged to have two 'alcohol-free' days in a week

Middle-aged people who enjoy a glass of wine with their dinner should abstain from alcohol on certain days during the week, Public Health England (PHE) has said. Middle-aged people who enjoy a glass of wine with their dinner should abstain from alcohol on certain days during the week, Public Health England has said. The warning comes as a YouGov poll found one in five UK adults are drinking above the chief medical officers’ low risk drinking guidelines. The Telegraph)

Serena Williams fined £13,000 for code violations during US Open final

Serena Williams looks at her box during the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in New York. © ASSOCIATED PRESS Serena Williams looks at her box during the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in New York. Serena Williams has been fined a total of $17,000 (£13,000) for three code violations during the U.S. Open final. The tournament referee’s office Sunday docked Williams  for "verbal abuse” of chair umpire Carlos Ramos, for being warned for coaching, and for breaking her racket. The money comes out of her prize money of $1.85m(£1.4m) as the runner-up. Williams lost to Naomi Osaka in Saturday’s final. (Sports Illustrated) Meanwhile, Williams isn't the first player, umpire Ramos has upset. (Sky News)

In Depth: Why Britain is snubbing the 'other' royal wedding

Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank © PA Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank Had Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decided to hold their wedding in October, significantly fewer people might have turned out to line the streets around Windsor Castle and cheer than they did on that gorgeous and joyous day back in May, even though both were hugely popular celebrities in their own right. Which begs the question: who on earth thought it was a good idea for minor royal Princess Eugenie to copy the carriage ride of Meghan and Harry’s nuptials when she weds her boyfriend, former barman Jack Brooksbank, on October 12 this year? (The Daily Beast)

Video of the day: Marine Iguanas - the only ocean-swimming lizards explained

Marine Iguanas © National Geographic Marine Iguanas Marine Iguanas may look menacing with their spiky spines and razor-sharp claws, but instead of meat, these iguanas love to chomp on algae underwater. They scrape the algae from rocks with the help of their short snouts and sharp teeth. Long, flattened tails are well-adapted for swimming through the water, much like crocodiles. (National Geographic)

On this day

Crowds outside the Winter Garden Theatre during the final weeks of 'Cats,' the longest-running play on Broadway © Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images Crowds outside the Winter Garden Theatre during the final weeks of 'Cats,' the longest-running play on Broadway 2000The Jellicle Cats have their last pad around the New York stage as Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical 'Cats closes after nearly 18 years. At a record-breaking 7,485 performances, it's Broadway's longest-running show and will retain that distinction until Webber unleashes a certain 'Phantom to haunt the boards for an even longer run. (Bing)

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