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Morning Briefing: September 7, 2018 (FRIDAY)

07/09/2018 News desk

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

Hammond takes U-turn on tax cut leaving 3.4 million worse off

The Chancellor has decided to scrap a tax break for 3.4 million self-employed people, in a move that has been branded a "stealth tax". Philip Hammond has announced he is going back on the government’s pledge to abolish Class 2 National Insurance contributions, in a move which will raise an extra £435 million a year for the NHS. The change will scrap a tax cut of £134 a year on average for millions of self-employed. (The Telegraph)

Tributes pour in for Hollywood 'legend and trailblazer' Burt Reynolds 

Burt Reynolds, whose moustache, machismo and twinkly eyes turned him into a Hollywood heartthrob, has died at the age of 82. His publicist said he died in Florida after suffering a heart attack. The actor is survived by his son Quinton. (The Telegraph) Here's a look at how Reynolds, famed for his ruggedness, became Hollywood's leading man. (Daily Mail) From the Longest Yard to Smokey, these are Reynolds' most memorable roles. (Entertainment Weekly)

At least 380,000 card payments details stolen as BA hacked

Card payments made by at least 380,000 British Airways customers have been "compromised" in a data theft. The airline reported that people using BA.com and its mobile app for flight bookings were targeted by hackers between 21 August and 5 September. The stolen data did not include travel or passport details. (Sky News)

Boris Johnson 'splits from long-suffering' wife amid cheating claims

Boris Johnson has reportedly split from his wife, Marina, after she allegedly accused him of infidelity. The former Foreign Secretary and his wife, both 54, are reportedly no longer living together, and don't socialise as a couple. Boris has been accused of a string of affairs during their 25-year marriage. But according to the Sun, the latest fling was the final straw. (Mirror)

In Depth: The gay couple who pleaded with India’s top court for the right to love

Cherished rights often come about because organizations and people have worked for years to make them happen. But they also usually depend - in the last mile - on a few people deciding to step forward at great personal risk to push a country forward. (Quartz)

Video of the day: Kayaker performs amazing waterfall stunts

These were the jaw-dropping scenes where the professional kayaker Bren Orton plunges from heights of up to 50ft in Mexico and the United States. The elongated duration only intensifies the anxiety as slow-motion footage shows Bren dropping into the 50ft waterfall in Tlapacoyan, Veracruz, Mexico. Orton is a professional White Water Kayaker hailing from Warrington, England. (Newsflare)

On this day

A blitz scene at the Monument in the City of London. © Getty A blitz scene at the Monument in the City of London. 1940: Bombs rain down on the British capital in a 'lightning war,' or 'blitzkrieg,' a favoured tactic for the intimidation of Germany's enemies. And while Hitler's Luftwaffe will keep up the relentless attack for more than eight months, London's populace will rise to the challenge of the Blitz. (Bing)

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