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Morning Briefing: September 6, 2018 (THURSDAY)

06/09/2018 News desk

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

May vows to 'dismantle' Russian spy agency behind Novichok attack

Theresa May has vowed that Britain will wage an international campaign to disrupt the Russian GRU spy agency behind the deadly Salisbury Novichok attack. She said the UK would use its full range of security services to expose its “malign activity” and “dismantle its networks”, after revealing how two of its agents were behind the chemical weapons incident. (The Independent) Meanwhile, Novichok poisoning victim Charlie Rowley has welcomed the news that two suspects have been identified in the Salisbury attack and declared 'I want to see them brought to justice.' (Daily Mail) Here's a look at how a fake Nina Ricci perfume bottle was used to smuggle the nerve agent. (The Daily Beast)

Scallop wars: Breakthrough after UK and France talks

The UK and France have reached an agreement in principle over a fishing dispute that has led to recent violence in the Channel. French fishermen have accused the British of unfairly catching scallops in the Baie de Seine during the summer, when French boats are banned from doing so because of regulations aimed at protecting shellfish stocks. (Sky News)

Paul McCartney opens up about Beatles, John and new album

While it was far from raunchy, Paul McCartney’s interview on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show on Wednesday morning did find the former Beatle in a revealing mood. Over the course of the 90-minute chat, the two talked quite a bit about McCartney’s days with the Beatles. McCartney, who found himself on opposite sides from John Lennon and Yoko Ono, said it was Lennon who broke up the group. (Variety)

Egypt hotel deaths: High level of e-coli and bacteria found after hygiene tests

Thomas Cook has said food and hygiene standards tests have identified a high level of e-coli and staphylococcus bacteria at an Egypt hotel following the deaths of two British guests. John Cooper, 69 and his wife Susan, 63, died in hospital on August 21 after staying at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel in Hurghada. (Mirror)

In Depth: Why our individualistic culture makes us less happy

What is happiness? It’s a very old question. And no one really knows the answer, although theories abound. (Vox)

Video of the day: Quest to find giant catfish babies

Follow National Geographic explorer and fish biologist Zeb Hogan as he surveys the Mekong for tiny fish babies. (National Geographic)

On this day

Aerial photo shows the Thames Barrier on the River Thames, London. © Getty Aerial photo shows the Thames Barrier on the River Thames, London. 1962: Ancient oak timbers emerge from the mud of the Blackfriars area on the banks of London's Thames River, as archaeologist Peter Marsden uncovers remains of a ship he dates to the Roman Londinium, approximately 150 CE. Three additional Blackfriars ships will be found, from the 15th and 17th centuries. (Bing)

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