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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.

Storm Ali brings danger-to-life warning with 80mph winds

Dangerous flying debris and travel cancellations are expected as the first named storm of the season brings strong winds of up to 80mph to the UK and Ireland. Amber severe weather warnings for the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland were issued ahead of Storm Ali's arrival in the early hours of Wednesday. Journeys by road, rail and air are likely to be disrupted and the conditions could also damage buildings, lead to power cuts and blow over trees. (The Telegraph)

May receives Brexit boost on eve of crucial EU talks

Theresa May appeared to receive a significant Brexit boost on the eve of a crucial EU summit when Michel Barnier pledged to break the deadlock over the Irish border. Speaking in Brussels, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator said the European Union was ready to improve its proposal on the so-called Irish "backstop" after Brexit. (Sky News)

It’ll Be Alright On The Night host Denis Norden dies aged 96

TV presenter and comedy writer Denis Norden has died aged 96. The It’ll Be Alright On The Night host died on Wednesday morning after spending “many weeks” at the Royal Free Hospital in north London. Norden presented the ITV bloopers show for 29 years until his retirement in 2006. (Press Association)

Salisbury 'poisoning victim' claims she was targeted by Putin

A Russian lingerie model has sensationally claimed Putin tried to kill her with rat poison while she dined with her husband at a Prezzo restaurant in Salisbury. Anna Shapiro, 30, believes she is the victim of another Salisbury poison plot and alleged on Tuesday night: "Putin wants me dead." (Mirror)

In Depth: The spy who risked his life to save 10,000 Jews from Nazis

The short, bespectacled Englishman behind the passport control desk didn't look much like a war hero. At just over 5ft tall, Frank Foley was an unassuming figure, a hard worker with a cheerful manner. But what the diminutive passport control officer lacked in stature, he more than made up for in courage. (Mirror)

Video of the day: Compelling theories on why we haven't found aliens yet

Despite how hard we try we haven’t discovered any alien life in space. But these three scientific theories might give us an idea about why we seem to come up empty-handed in our search for other intelligent life across the universe. (Business Insider)

On this day

Festival goers enjoy the final day of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, in Somerset, England, Sunday, June 25, 2017. © AP Festival goers enjoy the final day of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, in Somerset, England, Sunday, June 25, 2017. 1970: The bucolic fields of Somerset, England, begin to rock as the Pilton Festival opens at Worthy Farm. Some 1,500 revelers dig glam-rock band T. Rex at Michael Eavis' open-air music concert that will later be renowned, and attended by hundreds of thousands, as the Glastonbury Festival. (Bing)

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