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Your Morning Briefing

MSN UK 24/06/2019 News desk

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

'Man up and show the nation you can cope': Hunt tells rival Johnson

© Thomson Reuters Jeremy Hunt has called on his rival Boris Johnson not to be a "coward" by avoiding a live TV debate with him. Stepping up pressure on his rival, the Foreign Secretary insisted that while he has no interest in discussing Mr Johnson's private life, he wants to challenge him on television over his commitment to taking the UK out of the EU by Halloween.  (Sky News) Johnson is also being urged by his own supporters to provide a full explanation of how a row with his partner became so heated that a neighbour called police. (The i)

Warning of a month's worth of rainfall  before temperatures soar

Thunderstorms could bring a month's worth of rain to parts of the UK, before the hottest temperatures of the year so far bring a balmy end to June. Some parts of Scotland could see 80mm of rain in 18 hours on Monday and the Met Office has issued weather warnings amid fears of flooding and travel disruption. Meanwhile, central and eastern spots in England may get more than half a month's rainfall in just an hour, the forecaster said. (The Telegraph)

UK 'could consider joining Trump in war on Iran'

US-Iran © Reuters US-Iran Britain will consider joining a US military assault on Iran, Jeremy Hunt said last night. The Foreign Secretary confirmed the UK would consider requests for support ‘on a case-by-case basis’. Washington has already mounted a full-scale cyber attack on Iran in the wake of an unmanned US drone being shot down. (Daily Mail)

'We're losing the battle': Brit activist quits beach cleaning

Britain will consider joining a US military assault on Iran, Jeremy Hunt said last night. The Foreign Secretary confirmed the UK would consider requests for support ‘on a case-by-case basis’. Washington has already mounted a full-scale cyber attack on Iran in the wake of an unmanned US drone being shot down.  (The Telegraph)

In-depth: Cameroon team's VAR protests have damaged the reputation of women's football

England v Cameroon © Thomson Reuters England v Cameroon A team refusing to kick off after the opposition score, because a VAR check quite rightly overrules an incorrect offside flag, surrounding the referee, holding the game up for several more minutes while they hold a team huddle, apparently to decide whether to carry on with the game. Players and coaching staff wildly accusing the match officials and FIFA of racism, followed by several Cameroon players threatening to storm off the pitch again. This was some of the worst, most petulant and possibly damaging behaviour seen at a World Cup. (The Telegraph)

Video of the day:  Giant squid caught on camera for first time in US

© Provided by Rumble Inc. A giant squid was caught on camera by the Journey into Midnight expedition at a depth of 2,490 feet while out in waters of the Gulf of Mexico. (Rumble)

On this day

(L-R) Pilots E.J. Smith, Kenneth Arnold, and Ralph E. Stevens look at a photo of an unidentified flying object. © Getty (L-R) Pilots E.J. Smith, Kenneth Arnold, and Ralph E. Stevens look at a photo of an unidentified flying object. 1947: Pilot Kenneth Arnold sees what he says are nine shiny objects flying in a 5-mile formation in the clear afternoon sky above Washington State. He later calculates their speed at 1,200 miles-per-hour, describing them as "saucer-shaped" to journalists reporting on the first major UFO sighting of modern times. (Bing)

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