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

Corbyn and Sturgeon team up to block draft Brexit deal 

Jeremy Corbyn and Nicola Sturgeon have teamed up in a bid to block the government's draft Brexit deal - and stop a "no deal" divorce. The Labour leader and Scottish First Minister joined a delegation including shadow chancellor John McDonnell and shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer to discuss blocking a "blind" separation from the EU. (Sky News) The Prime Minister will meet European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker for talks today ahead of the special EU Brexit summit on Sunday. (Evening Standard) Meanwhile, school meals provider Compass said it could change its menus and use alternative ingredients as it became the latest company to announce contingency plans for a no-deal scenario. (Sky News)

Russian candidate for Interpol top job sparks fury 

Britain should set up a new organisation to rival Interpol if a senior Russian official becomes its new president, ministers are being urged. Senior MPs raised fears at the prospect of Major General Alexander Prokopchuk being elected head of the global policing organisation. (Sky News) American and European officials were lobbying behind the scenes to tip a vote on Wednesday away from the Russian candidate. (The New York Times)

Insulin shortage could affect 40 million people with type 2 diabetes

About 40 million people who will need insulin to manage their type 2 diabetes in 12 years’ time will not get it unless access to the drug is significantly improved, according to new research. Diagnoses of type 2 diabetes are soaring worldwide, linked to the obesity epidemic. (The Guardian)

William 'tipped over the edge' during job as air ambulance pilot

The Duke of Cambridge has opened up about his experiences of feeling "sad and very down" while working for the air ambulance. One particular incident "took him over the edge", he told an audience at the inaugural This Can Happen conference on Tuesday, which aims to address mental health issues in the workplace. (Evening Standard)

In Depth: The British town 'abandoned' by police

A town with a population of 90,000 has had its ‘streets abandoned by police’ and been left with just ten officers on duty at a time. Residents of Hartlepool, County Durham, band together to patrol their neighbourhoods after police failed to respond to a spate of thefts and burglaries. Locals have taken to solving their own crimes on Facebook after budget cuts saw the number of frontline officers at Cleveland Police slashed by 500 in the past eight years. (Daily Mail) 

Video of the day: Scientists find rare starfish with six arms

Starfish are invertebrates with a central disc and five arms. Scientists have debated that this six armed specimen is actually a sub species known as "luidia superba", having first been documented in 1888 off the Pacific coast of Colombia in a single sighting. (Rumble)

On this day

Helicopters hover in the acrid smoke rising from a fire in the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., Nov. 21, 1980. © AP Helicopters hover in the acrid smoke rising from a fire in the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., Nov. 21, 1980. 1980: In the early morning, a fire breaks out in a ground floor deli at the luxury hotel-casino MGM Grand and quickly spreads as it hits flammable plastics in the casino. Eighty-seven people will die, mainly from smoke inhalation. The fire will rank among the deadliest in the US. (Bing)

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