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Your Morning Briefing

MSN UK 11/07/2019 News desk

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

Iranian boats attempt to storm British tanker in Gulf hours after Tehran threat

(FILE) - A handout photo made available by the British Ministry of Defence shows HMS Montrose, a Type 23 frigate © Shutterstock (FILE) - A handout photo made available by the British Ministry of Defence shows HMS Montrose, a Type 23 frigate Five Iranian ships unsuccessfully tried to seize a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf Wednesday - US officials say. Armed vessels from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps tried to capture the British Heritage tanker while it was sailing through the Strait of Hormuz on Wednesday. (Daily Mail)

Sugar in fruit juice may 'raise the risk of cancer'

Stock Photo © Getty Images Stock Photo Drinking large amounts of fruit juice may raise your risk of cancer, according to a big study which has found a link between the regular consumption of all kinds of sugary drinks and the likelihood of developing the disease. The study, carried out in France, is the first substantial piece of research to find a specific association between sugar and cancer. Sugary drinks such as colas, lemonade and energy drinks have been linked to obesity, which is a cause of cancer, but the French researchers suggest there could also be other reasons sugar could trigger it. (The Guardian)

RAF Nato row as engine problems keep £2.6bn fleet on the ground

a airplane that is parked on the side of a vehicle: A crew member looks out the window of a RAF Airbus A400M as it arrives at RAF Fairford. July 7, 2016. © Matt Cardy/Getty Images Europe A crew member looks out the window of a RAF Airbus A400M as it arrives at RAF Fairford. July 7, 2016. A row erupted at a recent Nato conference over the RAF's new £2.6billion transporter planes as it has emerged engine problems mean just two of 20-strong fleet are able to fly at any one time. The delay in bringing into service the new A400M plane for the RAF and other partner nations led to a major disagreement between Airbus, the aircraft manufacturer, and Nato Ministers. Stuart Andrew, the MoD’s Minister for Procurement, said that after an “extremely robust meeting” the problems with the A400M aircraft should be fixed by next year. (The Telegraph)

Johnson denies throwing Sir Kim Darroch 'under a bus'

Boris Johnson has hit back at criticism that he threw the former British ambassador to the US “under a bus”. He has insisted he is a great supporter of Sir Kim, who has dramatically quit, and has revealed that he rang him to commiserate. (Sky News)

Oldest human skull found outside Africa

a close up of an animal: Apidima 1 (left) is a modern human; Apidima 2 (right) is a Neanderthal. © Katerina Harvati / Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen Apidima 1 (left) is a modern human; Apidima 2 (right) is a Neanderthal. In 1978, in a cave called Apidima at the southern end of Greece, a group of anthropologists found a pair of human-like skulls. One had a face, but was badly distorted; the other was just the left half of a braincase. Researchers guessed that they might be Neanderthals, or perhaps another ancient hominin. And since they were entombed together, in a block of stone no bigger than a microwave, “it was always assumed that they were the same [species] and came from the same time period,” says Katerina Harvati from Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen. That’s wrong. By thoroughly analyzing both skulls using modern techniques, Harvati and her colleagues have shown that they are very different, in both age and identity. (The Atlantic)

The US-UK ‘relationship in tatters' after British ambassador quitting

Donald Trump and Theresa May © Thomson Reuters Donald Trump and Theresa May The once “special relationship” between the United States and Great Britain is in tatters, shredded by the fallout from the 2016 Brexit referendum and President Trump’s determination to intervene in the politics of another country. If it improves, it likely will be on terms set by the president. (The Washington Post)

In-depth: Britain is hoarding a treasure no one is allowed to see

© Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP / Getty   In a storeroom of the British Museum here sits a collection of 11 wood and stone tablets that nobody is allowed to see. They are Christian plaques, or tabots, that represent the Ark of the Covenant, and they belong—though belong in this case is a contested term—to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, which believes only its priests should view them. The tabots were seized, along with hundreds of other precious items—processional crosses, gold and silver jewelry, illustrated manuscripts—by the British army in 1868, after it defeated Ethiopian Emperor Tewodros II at the battle of Maqdala. (The Atlantic)

Video of the day: This giant cactus crash into the windshield

This photo provided by the Northwest Fire District shows where a driver escaped injury when his car's windshield was pierced by the trunk of a saguaro cactus during a wreck Wednesday, July 10, 2019 on the outskirts of Tucson, Ariz. Pima County sheriff's Deputy Daniel Jelineo said the black sports car struck the cactus while crossing a median before ending up on the other side of a road and that the cactus ended up slamming into the car's windshield. (Northwest Fire District via AP) © Provided by The Associated Press   A driver in Tucson, Arizona miraculously suffered no serious injuries when a massive saguaro cactus crashed through his windshield. (GeoBeats)

On this day

© Shutterstock 1859: After the Great Clock of Westminster's first bell cracks during testing, a second one is installed, and London hears Big Ben for the first time. The new bell will also crack that September and take several years to repair. (Bing)

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