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Your Morning Briefing

MSN UK 12/04/2019 News desk

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

Assange could face decades behind bars over spy claims 

Julian Assange © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Julian Assange Julian Assange could face decades in jail for espionage if further charges are brought against him following his dramatic arrest at the Ecuadorean embassy in London. The WikiLeaks founder, 47, spent his first night in custody since being convicted of breaching bail after being dragged from the embassy in Knightsbridge on Thursday. Assange was arrested by Met Police officers after Ecuador abruptly withdrew his asylum, which had lasted almost seven years. (Evening Standard)

Upskirting law comes into force from today

a woman walking down a sidewalk © Getty Schoolchildren as young as seven were among the growing number of upskirting victims last year, police figures have shown. Upskirting becomes a specific criminal offence on Friday - punishable by up to two years in prison. The law comes into force following a high-profile campaign lead by writer Gina Martin, who spent 18 months fighting for it to be made a specific offence after two men took a picture up her skirt at a festival in 2017. (Sky News)

'Give me some more crisps': Autistic boy talks after pioneering surgery

a young boy wearing a blue shirt: Danny Bullen, © CEN Danny Bullen, An 11-year-old autistic boys has spoken his first ever sentence - just hours after having pioneering stem cell therapy. Brit Danny Bullen, who lives with his parents in Tenerife, asked for more crisps after the treatment. (Mirror)

Black hole named 'Powehi' by Hawaii university professor

This image released Wednesday, April 10, 2019, by Event Horizon Telescope shows a black hole. Scientists revealed the first image ever made of a black hole after assembling data gathered by a network of radio telescopes around the world. (Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration/Maunakea Observatories via AP) © The Associated Press A language professor has given a Hawaiian name — Powehi — to the black hole depicted in an image produced in a landmark experiment. University of Hawaii-Hilo Hawaiian Professor Larry Kimura named the cosmic object. The world's first image of a black hole revealed Wednesday was created using data from eight radio telescopes around the world. (Associated Press)

In-depth: How Nasa got astronaut's blood back to Earth for study

Astronaut Scott Kelly  © ASSOCIATED PRESS Astronaut Scott Kelly  Francine Garrett-Bakelman still remembers the day that she held, quite possibly, the most valuable vial of blood of her career. It was March 3, 2016, the day that astronaut Scott Kelly was set to return back to Earth after nearly a year on the International Space Station. Garrett-Bakelman was handed Kelly’s blood samples soon after he touched down to Earth at Johnson Space Center in Houston. All she could think about was not dropping them. (The Daily Beast)

Video of the day: Mysterious Alabama cave inscriptions decoded

a close up of a rock: The inscriptions were found in Manitou Cave in Alabama. Pic: University of Tennesse Knoxville © Other The inscriptions were found in Manitou Cave in Alabama. Pic: University of Tennesse Knoxville A team of scholars and archaeologists have decoded Cherokee inscriptions written hundreds of years ago in a cave in Alabama. The inscriptions inside Manitou Cave near Fort Payne are the first evidence of the tribe's syllabary, which uses symbols to create words. (Fox News)

On this day

© Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto/Getty Images 1606: By royal decree of England's King James I, the English St. George's Cross, and Scotland's St. Andrew's Cross, are brought together in one design to symbolize the new unity of their two nations. (Bing)

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