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Your Morning Briefing

04/02/2019 News desk

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

'This is a bad dream': Wreckage of plane carrying Sala found

Emiliano Sala's father has described his anguish and disbelief after wreckage of the plane carrying the missing Premier League footballer was found nearly two weeks after it disappeared. The 28-year-old Argentinian footballer's father, Horacio Sala, was speaking after a search boat located the wreckage on the seabed of the English Channel on Sunday morning. "I cannot believe it. This is a dream. A bad dream. I am desperate," Mr Sala told Argentinian broadcaster Cronica TV. (Sky News)

May accused of ‘wasting time’ as she launches group to find Irish backstop alternatives

Theresa May has been accused of “wasting valuable time” in the countdown to Britain’s exit from the EU as she announced plans to establish a Commons group probing alternative plans for the Irish border post-Brexit. Despite the prime minister’s hopes of reopening the withdrawal agreement already being dashed by EU leaders with just 53 days to go until Brexit, the new committee made up of senior Tory MPs will meet for the first time on Monday. (The Independent)

Rapper arrested in US 'for being British'

The rapper 21 Savage was arrested in Atlanta early on Sunday morning by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice). Authorities said the musician is in fact a British national who entered the US legally in 2005 but failed to leave under the terms of a non-immigrant visa. (The Guardian)

NHS drugs scandal stops treatment for cystic fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis campaigners have urged the Government to intervene after it was claimed that the manufacturer of a potentially life-extending drug has priced it at more than £100,000 per patient. NHS England has reached deadlock in talks over Orkambi, which tackles the causes of the genetic disorder. (The i)

In Depth: Behind Lion Air crash, a trail of decisions kept pilots in the dark

In the brutally competitive jetliner business, the announcement in late 2010 that Airbus would introduce a more fuel-efficient version of its best-selling A320 amounted to a frontal assault on its archrival Boeing’s workhorse 737. Boeing scrambled to counterpunch. (The New York Times)

Video of the day: Meet the seal which thrives without vision

Survival in the freezing cold Sea of Japan is difficult for most marine mammals but this seal manages to get by even though she's blind. The spotted, or larga seal, appears to suffer from cataracts with severe clouding visible in both eyes and yet she's otherwise healthy and not especially skinny, suggesting she has no problem finding food. (Newsflare)

On this day 

American heiress Patty Hearst, circa 1973. © Getty American heiress Patty Hearst, circa 1973. 1974: An obscure radical group, The Symbionese Liberation Army, kidnaps the 19-year-old daughter of Randolph Hearst, heiress to her family's newspaper fortune. Brainwashed into supporting her captors' cause, Hearst will later be seen robbing a bank with them before being found 19 months later. (Bing)

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