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Your Morning Briefing

17/01/2019 News desk

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

May fights to break deadlock with cross-party talks

Theresa May will today continue her fight to break the Brexit deadlock as she holds cross-party talks in a bid to reach a deal that would pass in the Commons. After seeing off a no-confidence vote, the Prime Minister announced she would invite party leaders for discussions to get a Parliamentary consensus on Britain's exit from the bloc. (Evening Standard) Meanwhile, Millions of UK motorists wanting to drive in the EU will need to arrange extra documentation in the event of a no-deal Brexit, insurers have warned. (Press Association)

First green leaf on Moon dies as temperatures plummet

The appearance of a single green leaf hinted at a future in which astronauts would grow their own food in space, potentially setting up residence at outposts on the Moon or other planets. Now, barely after it had sprouted, the cotton plant aboard China’s lunar rover has died. (The Guardian)

SAS hero who stormed Kenya hotel alone 'was out shopping

The British SAS hero who stormed alone into an under-seige hotel in Kenya to rescue hostage was out shopping when the attack was launched, military legend Chris Ryan has revealed. The elite soldier, who is in Kenya training the country's special forces, was on an "admin run" when al-Shabaab terrorists stormed the nearby hotel complex, killing 14 people, including a British charity worker. (Mirror)

‘Stealth disease’ written off as old age may be behind thousands of cancers

A “stealth disease” which causes iron to build up to toxic levels may be responsible for thousands of cancers and disabling joint problems written off as part of ageing, a British study has found. Hereditary haemochromatosis is one of the most common genetic disorders among people of European descent but it had previously only been thought to harm around 1% of people carrying the mutation. (The Independent)

In Depth: Why the upcoming lunar eclipse is special

The New Year may have just started, but it is already bringing with it a rare celestial event nicknamed the “Super Blood Wolf Moon.” The super blood wolf moon, a total lunar eclipse, will take place on Sunday, January 20 into January 21 and will be visible to people around the world, but especially those in North America. (Indy 100)

Video of the day: Statue with glowing eyes mistaken for Bigfoot

Statue with glowing eyes mistaken for Bigfoot Statue with glowing eyes mistaken for Bigfoot Have you seen Bigfoot? I heard he hangs out on Pine Ridge Road out in Mocksville, North Carolina. Just joking. And the local animal shelter would love for you to stop calling animal control. (Buzz60)

On this day 

Military personnel examine a Scud missile shot down in the desert by an MIM-104 Patriot tactical air defense missile during Operation Desert Storm. © Getty Military personnel examine a Scud missile shot down in the desert by an MIM-104 Patriot tactical air defense missile during Operation Desert Storm. 1991: Broadcast on live television, bombing missions over Iraq's capital of Baghdad mark the start of combat operations in the Persian Gulf War, as US-led coalition forces fight to liberate Kuwait from Iraqi control. (Bing)

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