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Your Morning Briefing

09/01/2019 News desk

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

Army called in after drone chaos at Heathrow 

Scotland Yard has launched a criminal investigation and the military has been called in after all flights were grounded at Heathrow Airport following drone sightings. The reported sighting comes three weeks after a drone wreaked havoc at Gatwick Airport, sparking travel disruption for hundreds of thousands of people. (Evening Standard)

May tries to woo the DUP as meaningful vote debate restarts  

Theresa May is attempting to stage a Brexit fightback after an embarrassing Commons defeat by unveiling a series of pledges on Northern Ireland in a bid to win over the Democratic Unionist Party. After 20 Tories rebelled and the Government was defeated by MPs battling to block a no-deal Brexit, the debate on the Prime Minister's deal - dramatically postponed last month - resumes in the Commons. (Sky News) Tuesday night's defeat is serious because of what it demonstrates about the strength of opinion against a "no-deal" Brexit in the House of Commons. (Sky News) Meanwhile, pressure is mounting on Jeremy Corbyn to back a second Brexit referendum after 10,000 Labour members and supporters demanded his party switch position. (HuffPost UK)

‘A crisis of the soul’: Trump makes humanitarian case for wall

President Trump escalated the battle over his long-promised border wall Tuesday night, using a nationally televised Oval Office address to rally public support and blame Democrats for a partial government shutdown that is now in its third week. Describing the situation at the border as a “growing humanitarian and security crisis,” Trump urged Congress to give him the $5.7 billion he has repeatedly demanded for the wall. “This is a humanitarian crisis - a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul,” Trump said. He added that the federal government “remains shut down for one reason and one reason only: because Democrats will not fund border security.” (The Washington Post)

World's biggest tobacco company to phase out cigarettes

In a swish research centre on the edge of a Swiss lake, the world's biggest cigarette company is re-inventing itself. Philip Morris International - which makes Marlboro and several other leading brands - has vowed to phase out cigarettes and move into smoke-free products instead. And the complex of laboratories is a signal of intent. (Sky News)

In Depth: What's next for the woman who fled Saudi Arabia?

Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, the 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family and avoided deportation from Thailand by barricading herself in an airport hotel room and posting about her plight on social media, spent her first day of freedom in Bangkok on Tuesday. (The New York Times)

Video of the day: Pilot shows incredible skill as they rescue injured skier

The dramatic helicopter rescue of an injured skier from the Pass of Anterne in Passy, France, was captured on video on January 2 and showed off the spectacular precision of the pilot as the craft’s rotor blades spun just inches from the mountainside. (Storyful)

On this day

Steve Jobs at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California © Getty Steve Jobs at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California 2007: Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveils a mobile phone he dubs "revolutionary and magical," and the touchscreen device becomes the first in a line of iPhones that will go on to sell hundreds of millions of units. (Bing)

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