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Your Morning Briefing

05/02/2019 News desk

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

Eight dead and 28 injured as fire rips through Paris flat

Eight people have died after fire ripped through a flat block in central Paris. The blaze broke out in an eight-storey building in the trendy 16th arrondissement - a tourist hotspot. Another 28 people have been injured, including two firefighters. (Mirror)

May to promise deal that commands 'broad support' in Northern Ireland

Theresa May is to insist she can secure a Commons majority for a Brexit deal that commands “broad support” in Northern Ireland. The Prime Minister will use a speech in the country to acknowledge it is a “concerning time” as efforts continue to find an alternative to the controversial backstop. (Evening Standard)

Climate change will shift the oceans’ colours, reveals study

By 2100, the ocean as we know it is likely to change colour. That was the conclusion of a study published Monday in the journal Nature Communications that modeled how phytoplankton will change as oceans continue to warm. Under a “business-as-usual” scenario in which greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated, the bluest subtropical zones of the ocean will become bluer, and greener regions along the equator and poles will become greener. (National Geographic)

Drivers forced to abandon cars after snow 'slapped with fines'

Motorists who were forced to abandon their cars after heavy snow left them stranded appear to have been slapped with parking fines. One furious driver slammed his local council after claiming a traffic warden was serving penalty notices when cars were left on roads in Chatham, Kent. (Evening Standard)

In Depth: Boy, 14, builds £15,000-a-year eBay empire

A 14-year-old entrepreneur has built up an online toy shop from his family's milking parlour - and now turns over £15,000 a year. Schoolboy Tommy Howard officially launched shop Dog In A Box on eBay last year - named after his pet pooch Oreo. Stocking 1,000 products that he ships all over the world when he gets home from school, he never takes a day off. (Mirror)

Video of the day: Man performs perilous somersault

Twenty-five-year-old Aaron Vivar Hernández climbed the Congost de Mont-Rebei in Catalonia for a high-risk mission. The young man made a high-risk somersault on top of the 131-feet cliff. (BuzzVideos)

On this day 

Those London schoolboys are scrambling for sweets which were not only off the ration but were being distributed free. The hand-out was at the front gates of Batger's, the confectioners, at Clapham Common, when the firm gave away a large quantity of sweets to local children to celebrate derationing. Rationing of sweets, introduced nearly eleven years ago, ended at midnight.   (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images) © PA Images Those London schoolboys are scrambling for sweets which were not only off the ration but were being distributed free. The hand-out was at the front gates of Batger's, the confectioners, at Clapham Common, when the firm gave away a large quantity of sweets to local children to celebrate derationing. Rationing of sweets, introduced nearly eleven years ago, ended at midnight. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images) 1953: In place since the start of World War Two, sweets rationing limited the amount of sugary goods the public could buy. The first day of unrationed sweets sees a run on toffee apples, nougat sticks, and liquorice strips. (Bing)

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