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Your Morning Briefing

MSN UK 15/03/2019 News desk

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

At least 40 people killed in terror attacks on two New Zealand mosques

a group of people standing next to a car: Police clear people outside the mosque in central Christchurch after numerous people were shot there on Friday. The Bangladesh cricket team escaped unhurt. © AP Police clear people outside the mosque in central Christchurch after numerous people were shot there on Friday. The Bangladesh cricket team escaped unhurt. At least 40 people have been killed and 20 seriously injured in co-ordinated terror attacks at two mosques in New Zealand. Four suspects - three men and a woman - have been arrested and homemade bombs have been discovered strapped onto cars. One of the suspected gunmen - named as Australian national Brenton Tarrant - broadcast the horrific scenes live on Facebook. Reacting to the shooting, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, said the incident was 'one of New Zealand’s darkest days'. (Mirror) Members of the Bangladeshi cricket team were near the Hagley Park mosque at the time of the shooting. They were able to flee the site safely. (The Guardian)

William and Harry split royal households as Sussexes hire ex-Clinton advisor

Meghan, Harry, William and Kate at a fly past for the centenary of the Royal Air Force on July 10 2018 © Thomson Reuters Meghan, Harry, William and Kate at a fly past for the centenary of the Royal Air Force on July 10 2018 The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex are to formally split their households, as they and their wives go their separate ways after a lifetime of being the nation’s favourite royal double act. The brothers are to separate every logistical element of their working lives, with staff based in different palaces and key aides moved or replaced. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, whose office will move to Buckingham Palace, have employed a new press secretary: a former senior adviser to Bill Clinton and Tony Blair's government. (The Telegraph)

Israel strikes Gaza after rockets target Tel Aviv for the first time since 2014 war

The Israeli military says it has begun attacking sites in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket attack on Tel Aviv. Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired two rockets toward Tel Aviv late Thursday, the Israeli military said, marking a significant escalation that raised the likelihood of a harsh Israeli reprisal. This marked the first time that Tel Aviv, has been targeted by rocket fire since a 2014 war with Gaza militants. (NBC News)

Nike condemned for putting hijab on Iranian mathematician 

Maryam Mirzakhani, Maryam Mirzakhani, Maryam Mirzakhani are posing for a picture © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Nike has been condemned for depicting a celebrated mathematician in a hijab, despite the fact she chose not wear the garment while she was alive. Maryam Mirzakhani, who died of breast cancer in 2017, was the only woman to date to have won the Fields Medal, one of the highest awards in the field of mathematics. She left Iran after graduating university in 1999 and moved to the US, where she chose not cover her hair. (The Independent)

In depth: Did dietary changes bring us ‘f’ words? Complexities of language’s origins explained

FILE - This Jan. 8, 2003 file photo shows a reconstructed Neanderthal skeleton, right, and a modern human version of a skeleton, left, on display at the Museum of Natural History in New York. Languages evolve as societies develop and change, but the sounds we utter are also shaped, literally, by the placement of our jaw – and that is influenced by how we chew our food, researchers say in a report released Thursday, March 14, 2019, in the journal Science. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File) © ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE - This Jan. 8, 2003 file photo shows a reconstructed Neanderthal skeleton, right, and a modern human version of a skeleton, left, on display at the Museum of Natural History in New York. Languages evolve as societies develop and change, but the sounds we utter are also shaped, literally, by the placement of our jaw – and that is influenced by how we chew our food, researchers say in a report released Thursday, March 14, 2019, in the journal Science. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File) Thousands of years ago, some of our ancestors left behind the hunter-gatherer lifestyle and started to settle down. They grew vegetables and grains for stews or porridge, kept cows for milk and turned it into cheese, and shaped clay into storage pots. Had they not done those things, would we speak the languages and make the sounds that we now hear today? Probably not, suggests a study published Thursday in Science. (The New York Times)

Video of the day: What happens to your body and brain if you don't get enough sleep

© Getty World Sleep Day is observed annually on March 15 to celebrate the benefits of good sleep. In this video, a sleep expert explains how sleep deprivation can affect your brain and body. (Business Insider)

On this day

© Getty 1964: Screen star Elizabeth Taylor takes her fifth walk down the aisle and British thespian Richard Burton his second, as they marry following an affair that caused years of tabloid frenzy. They will divorce 10 years later, only to remarry after just months later. Their second marriage will last less than a year. (Bing)

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