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Your Morning Briefing

MSN UK 18/06/2019 News desk

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

US sends 1,000 more troops amid Iran tensions

The U.S. is sending 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East as tensions with Iran continue to rise after recent attacks on two oil tankers, which the U.S. says were carried out by Iranian forces. (CBS News) The US military released around a dozen additional photos from last week's tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman as it builds a case against Iran. (Business Insider) Meanwhile, tensions between the US and Iran flared as Tehran said it would soon breach a key element of the 2015 international pact limiting its nuclear program. (The New York Times)

'Severe' thunderstorms to bring torrential rain and hail

Britain is braced for yet more flooding as 'severe' thunderstorms threaten to bring torrential rain and hail over the next two days. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for much of the south and east with lightning strikes and strong winds also expected. (Mirror)

Tory leadership rivals face second round of votes as Johnson heads for TV debate

Boris Johnson wearing a suit and tie: Conservative party leadership contender Boris Johnson (Jonathan Brady/PA) © Jonathan Brady Conservative party leadership contender Boris Johnson (Jonathan Brady/PA) The battle for the Tory crown is revving up with a fresh round of voting in the leadership stakes as Boris Johnson is due to break cover and take part in TV debates. Tory MPs will vote in the second bout of the contest to select Britain’s next prime minister on Tuesday. Candidates need to gain at least 33 votes from MPs to remain in the race to reach the final run-off, which will see some 160,000 Tory members select the next prime minister. (Press Association)

Heathrow to set out detailed plans for third runway

a sign on a pole: Heathrow Airport © Provided by Financial Times Limited Heathrow Airport Heathrow airport will outline detailed plans on Tuesday for its contentious third runway as it begins a 12-week statutory consultation on the proposals. The preferred masterplan for the post-expansion layout of the UK’s busiest airport will include the new runway and other infrastructures such as terminals and access roads. (The Financial Times)

Britain's largest onshore gas field found near Hull

Gas valves © Chris Rogers Gas valves Britain's largest onshore gas field has been discovered by a trio of mining companies near Hull. The site, which is subject to testing, could contain 189bn cubic feet of gas, enough to power around 3.2m households for a year, bringing in sales worth £947million at today's prices. The previous largest discovery was Saltfleetby in Lincolnshire which had 76bn cubic feet of gas. (Daily Mail)

New Mars crater exposes mysterious darker material 

Image of a new crater on Mars. © NASA/JPL/University of Arizona Image of a new crater on Mars. Mars attacked. The Red Planet was hit by an asteroid sometime within the past three years and the resulting crater has exposed a "darker material" underneath Mars' reddish dust that is currently perplexing scientists. The image was captured by the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on April 17, 2019. The black-and-blue area on the Martian landscape highlights the area that was hit. (FOX News)

In-depth: ‘Puppy dog eyes’ evolved so dogs could communicate with us

There’s a reason we call them “puppy dog eyes”—those soulful, innocent expressions can sway even the most hardened human. That’s no accident, a new study says. Centuries of domestication have radically reshaped a dog’s eyebrow anatomy, making their faces—and emotions—easily readable to people. (National Geographic)

Video of the day: Scientists conduct first study on the largest known marine stingray

This small-eye stingray is the largest marine stingray on record. Due to the elusive nature of these stingrays, scientists know very little about their ecology and behavior. This footage was captured off the coast of Mozambique, which is a popular dive spot for recreational scuba divers. (National Geographic)

On this day

© Universal History Archive/Getty Images 1812: A British blockade of French trade, America's desire for Canadian territory, American sailors forced to serve in Britain's navy, and unresolved issues from the Revolutionary War all culminate in US President James Madison signing a declaration of war against Great Britain. (Bing)

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