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Morning Briefing: April 11, 2018 (WEDNESDAY)

11/04/2018 News desk

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

May gives strong signal she could back US military intervention in Syria

U.S. President Donald Trump, right, talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May in Taormina, Italy, Friday, May 26, 2017. © AP U.S. President Donald Trump, right, talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May in Taormina, Italy, Friday, May 26, 2017. Theresa May has given her strongest signal yet that Britain would support President Donald Trump in military action against the Syrian regime as the two leaders resolved “not to allow the use of chemical weapons to continue”. The Prime Minister spoke to both Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron by telephone during which all three agreed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had shown “total disregard” for international laws. (The Telegraph)

Zuckerberg vows to fight election meddling in 'arms race' with Russia

Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook chief executive, warned on Tuesday of an online propaganda “arms race” with Russia and vowed that fighting interference in elections around the world is now his top priority. The 33-year-old billionaire, during testimony that lasted nearly five hours, was speaking to Congress in what was widely seen as a moment of reckoning for America’s tech industry. (The Guardian) Meanwhile, here are five key takeaways from the Facebook founder’s Senate appearance. (Newsweek)

Murdoch's 21st Century Fox London offices 'raided'

The London offices of Rupert Murdoch’s entertainment empire 21st Century Fox have been raided by investigators, according to reports. European Commission investigators reportedly seized documents and computer records from the company’s offices in Hammersmith, west London, on Tuesday. Fox Networks Group, a unit of Mr Murdoch’s firm, said it was cooperating fully with the competition watchdog’s inspection. It said the precise nature of the confidential investigation, which is believed to be in its early stages, was unclear. (Evening Standard)

Barça boss 'sorry' for club's exit from Champions League

 

Barcelona's Lionel Messi looks dejected after conceding the third goal © Reuters Barcelona's Lionel Messi looks dejected after conceding the third goal Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has apologised to fans after being knocked out of the Champions League on Tuesday night. Barcelona went out of the competition on away goals after Roma won 3-0 on the night to level the aggregate score at 4-4. Barcelona are 11 points clear at the top of La Liga but Bartomeu hinted that Valverde may no longer be the club's first choice to take the club forward. (Daily Mail) Meanwhile, Liverpool reach semi-final as Man City's Champions League dreams end. (Goal.com)

Prehistoric bone found from one of largest animals ever

A 205 million-year-old prehistoric reptile bone found on a beach in England belongs to "one of the largest animals" that ever lived, according to an international team of researchers. The jaw bone comes from a giant ichthyosaur that experts estimate may have measured up to a whopping 26 meters (85 feet) long—approaching the size of some blue whales, the largest animal ever known to exist. (Newsweek)

In Depth: Goodbye to the green belt? UK housing crisis crashes into Tory heartlands

© Getty Britain is desperate to relieve a housing shortage, but plans to build on ‘greenbelt’ land around London have angered many of Theresa May’s supporters. (The Financial Times)

Video of the day: Cyprus on frontline against lionfish invasion

Researchers and scientists dive into the sea off Cyprus in a bid to control the population of predatory lionfish. (AFP)

On this day:

Brixton Riots 1981 Riot police move in to stop the rioters from causing more damage. © Getty Brixton Riots 1981 Riot police move in to stop the rioters from causing more damage. 1981 Months of simmering tensions between police and the largely Afro-Caribbean residents of London's Brixton district come to a head with the widespread belief that police had the night before unjustifiably arrested a young black man. The riots will later be dubbed Bloody Saturday. (Bing)

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