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MSN UK 10/07/2019 News desk

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

Boris Johnson refuses to defy Donald Trump’s bid to oust UK's ambassador in TV debate

SALFORD, ENGLAND - JULY 09: In this handout image provided by ITV, Boris Johnson takes part in the Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson debate Head To Head on ITV on July 9, 2019 in Salford, England. (Photo by Matt Frost/ITV via Getty Images) © 2019 ITV SALFORD, ENGLAND - JULY 09: In this handout image provided by ITV, Boris Johnson takes part in the Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson debate Head To Head on ITV on July 9, 2019 in Salford, England. (Photo by Matt Frost/ITV via Getty Images) Slippery Boris Johnson has refused to defy Donald Trump’s bid to oust the UK’s man in Washington – after rival Jeremy Hunt made a firm pledge backing the ambassador. The frontrunner for No10 failed six times to say whether he would keep Sir Kim Darroch in place, after the US President stepped up his campaign to boot out Britain’s most senior diplomat (Mirror). Meanwhile Hunt failed to land knockout blow on gaffe-free Johnson (Sky News) 

'Alexa, how do I treat a migraine?' - Amazon and NHS unveil partnership 

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 20: Updated 'Echo Dots' are pictured at Amazon Headquarters, following a launch event, on September 20, 2018 in Seattle Washington. Amazon launched more than 70 Alexa-enabled products during the event. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) © 2018 Getty Images SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 20: Updated 'Echo Dots' are pictured at Amazon Headquarters, following a launch event, on September 20, 2018 in Seattle Washington. Amazon launched more than 70 Alexa-enabled products during the event. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) Amazon's Alexa now offers official health advice from the NHS website. Until now, people who asked the company's voice-activated devices a health question were given answers based on a variety of popular responses. But a new partnership means Britons will now receive answers that have been verified by health professionals - such as how to treat a migraine, and what the symptoms of flu and chickenpox are. (Sky News)

Leak probe launched on Big Lizzie after water was found sloshing inside

ROSYTH, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: The Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth leaves Rosyth Dockyard, where she was built, after a period of planned maintenance on May 21, 2019 in Rosyth, Scotland. (Photo by Ken Jack/Getty Images) © 2019 Ken Jack ROSYTH, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: The Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth leaves Rosyth Dockyard, where she was built, after a period of planned maintenance on May 21, 2019 in Rosyth, Scotland. (Photo by Ken Jack/Getty Images) Britain's biggest and most powerful warship ever built has sprung a leak and has returned to port, putting it out of commission for the second time in 19 months. HMS Queen Elizabeth left Portsmouth Naval Base last month to embark on five weeks of sea trials and training before setting sail again to the US later this summer. (Daily Mail)

UK’s preparation for climate crisis ‘like Dad’s Army’

The government’s own advisers have declared themselves shocked that the UK has no proper plans for protecting people from heatwaves, flash flooding and other impacts of the climate crisis. The Committee on Climate Change said the UK’s climate crisis preparations were being run like Dad’s Army and left the population at real risk, adding that funding for programmes to tackle problems resulting from global heating had been cut. (The Guardian)

In-depth: There’s more to Castro than meets the eye

FIDEL CASTRO VISITS THE VILLAGE OF GRUYERE (Photo by Stephane Ruet/Sygma via Getty Images) FIDEL CASTRO VISITS THE VILLAGE OF GRUYERE (Photo by Stephane Ruet/Sygma via Getty Images) Before Fidel Castro died in 2016, he asked that no statues or monuments be erected in his honor. His grave at Santa Ifigenia Cemetery in Santiago de Cuba consists of a simple granite boulder marked by a small plaque, emblazoned with a solitary word: FIDEL. (The New York Times)

Video of the day: Space Station crew captures Earth's glow amid starry night

Earth's glow amid starry night © GeoBeats Earth's glow amid starry night The crew on board the International Space Station managed to get the Moon, the stars, and Earth’s curve into a single photo. (GeoBeats)

On this day

Battle of Britain © Associated Press Battle of Britain 1940: Britons begin watching the skies as Hitler unleashes the destructive force of the Luftwaffe's aerial bombers against Germany's final unconquered European foe in the 'Kanalkampf,' or Channel battles. The Battle of Britain will move inland with raids on cities and civilians just two months later. (Bing)

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