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Your Morning Briefing

MSN UK 13/03/2019 News desk

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

MPs to vote on no deal after May's humiliating Commons defeat

© Thomson Reuters MPs are set to vote on blocking a no-deal Brexit after Theresa May’s withdrawal plans were rejected in a humiliating defeat for the Prime Minister. Conservative MPs will be given a free vote on Wednesday evening on whether they are willing for the UK to leave the EU without a deal at the end of the month. (Evening Standard) MPs rejected the last-minute reassurances May won from the EU27 on Monday, and voted it down by a crushing majority of 149. (The Guardian) Meanwhile, the EU has demanded a “credible justification” before it can grant any request to delay Brexit. (Huffpost)

Disruption as Storm Gareth batters UK with gales of up to 75mph

a train on a track with smoke coming out of the water: Another wet and windy day is expected on Wednesday (Gareth Fuller/A) © Gareth Fuller Another wet and windy day is expected on Wednesday (Gareth Fuller/A) Storm Gareth’s strong gales and heavy rain have been causing disruption, with rail and road links across the country affected. The Met Office has issued two yellow warnings for high winds covering Northern Ireland, Wales, most of England and the west coast of Scotland. Gusts of up to 75mph were recorded in Scotland on Tuesday night, while winds of over 60mph were seen widely across western parts of the UK in the early hours of Wednesday. (Press Association)

Desperate Housewives actress among 50 arrested over £19m US college scam

© ASSOCIATED PRESS An astonishing list of Hollywood actresses, financial titans and industry executives were arrested on Tuesday on charges of participating in a $25 million (£19m) scam to bribe their childrens’ way into elite American universities. Oscar-nominated Felicity Huffman, star of Desperate Housewives, and sitcom star Lori Loughlin were among 33 parents who may face up to 20 years in prison if prosecuted and convicted on federal charges relating to the scheme. (The Telegraph)

Top Catholic cardinal sentenced to six years in prison over child sex abuse

© ASSOCIATED PRESS George Pell, an Australian cardinal who was the Vatican’s chief financial officer and an adviser to Pope Francis, was sentenced to six years in prison on Wednesday, with no chance for parole for three years and eight months, for molesting two boys after Sunday Mass in 1996. The cardinal was convicted on five counts in December, making him the most senior Catholic official — and the first bishop — to be found guilty in a criminal court for sexually abusing minors. (The New York Times)

In depth: How a bitcoin evangelist made himself vanish

© Chris Koehler / The New York Times Jameson Lopp, a self-described libertarian who works for a Bitcoin security company, had long been obsessed with the value of privacy, and he set out to learn how thoroughly a person can escape the all-seeing eyes of corporate America and the government. But he wanted to do it without giving up internet access and moving to a shack in the woods.  Lopp explains the lengths he’d have to go to extricate himself from the databases. (The New York Times)

Video of the day: Forgetting takes more brain power than remembering

© Getty Most people have probably experienced at least one thing in their life that they'd rather not remember, but forgetting is not as easy as it sounds. According to a new study, choosing to forget something takes more mental effort than trying to remember it. (Buzz60)

On this day

© Press Association 1996: Tragedy strikes the small village of Dunblane, Scotland, when a lone gunman enters the primary school's gym and begins shooting. Sixteen young students are killed along with their teacher and 13 are injured. (Bing)

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