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Morning Briefing: September 11, 2018 (TUESDAY)

11/09/2018 News desk

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

British boy stranded in Belgium returns home to UK

A British-born boy who was blocked from returning to the UK after a holiday has arrived home after Britain agreed to grant him an emergency passport. Six-year-old Mohamed Bangoura shared an emotional embrace with his mother on arriving at Manchester airport on Monday evening after being stranded in Brussels for more than two weeks. He had been prevented from boarding his initial flight under Home Office orders. (The Independent)

No 10 defends May’s Brexit plan as Barnier says November deal is ‘realistic’

Downing Street has defended Theresa May’s Brexit blueprint after a warning that continuing with it could cause a “catastrophic split” in the Conservative Party. Former Brexit minister Steve Baker said he was “gravely concerned” about a potential schism in Tory ranks if the Prime Minister did not change direction. After Number 10 and supporters of the Prime Minister leapt to the defence of her Chequers plan, she also received a boost from the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, with 200 days to go until Britain leaves the EU. (Press Association)

Hunt for Madeleine McCann could be shelved within three weeks

The parents of Madeleine McCann fear the costly police hunt into their daughter's disappearance could be shelved within three weeks by the new Home Secretary. As funding is set to run out at the end of this month it has been revealed that detectives have still failed to unearth any significant clues during their latest trips to Portugal. Maddie was snatched as a toddler from the family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal in May 2007. (Daily Mail)

Shed of the Year: Eco-friendly bee haven takes top prize

An eco-friendly bee haven has beaten off stiff competition from a converted black cab and an Irish pub to be crowned Shed of the Year. George Smallwood's Bee Eco Shed won the top spot in the annual competition. The handmade structure is a self-watering and self-sufficient home for vegetables, herbs and insects. (Mirror)

In Depth: Martina Navratilova on what Serena got wrong

Serena Williams has part of it right. There is a huge double standard for women when it comes to how bad behavior is punished — and not just in tennis. But in her protests against an umpire during the United States Open final on Saturday, she also got part of it wrong. (The New York Times)

Video of the day: A wild plan to tow an iceberg

An engineering firm hopes to bring fresh water to Dubai in the form of a 100-million-ton iceberg. (Amaze Lab)

On this day

The Hope diamond with 45. 52 carats in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington,D.C. on January 13, 2012. © Getty The Hope diamond with 45. 52 carats in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington,D.C. on January 13, 2012. 1792: Looters take advantage of the French Revolution's chaos by breaking into the Royal Storehouse and nabbing the Crown Jewels, among them a steel-blue diamond of enormous size. The 'French Blue' will vanish for 20 years before one recut piece surfaces in London as the Hope Diamond. (Bing)

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