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Morning Briefing: April 12, 2018 (THURSDAY)

12/04/2018 News desk

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

UK submarines move within missile range of Syria as May convenes 'war cabinet' 

Prime Minister Theresa May summoned ministers back to London to seek their support for joining an US-led attack on the Assad regime within days. Clearing the way for action, she said ‘all the indications’ suggested that Assad’s forces were responsible for Saturday’s atrocity near Damascus. Military chiefs are said to have ordered submarines armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles to move within range of Syria. (Daily Mail) Meanwhile, Russian state-owned television is urging the country’s residents to stock their bunkers with water and basic foodstuffs because Moscow could go to war with Washington. (Newsweek)

'No-one speaks for me': Yulia Skripal declines help from Russian embassy

Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned in Salisbury last month along with her father, a former Russian spy, said she did not wish to take up the offer of services from the Russian Embassy in London. In a statement issued on Wednesday night through the Metropolitan Police, Yulia Skripal said, "I am not yet strong enough to give a full interview to the media, as I one day hope to do. Until that time, I want to stress that no-one speaks for me, or for my father, but ourselves. (The Telegraph)

Ronaldo breaks Juventus with 97th-minute penalty

© Rex Cristiano Ronaldo’s 97th-minute penalty sent Real Madrid through to the Champions League semi-finals, crushing a devastated Juventus who fought back from their three-goal first leg deficit. With Lucas Vazquez felled in the final minute of stoppage time and Gianluigi Buffon sent off for arguing with the referee in the aftermath, Ronaldo stepped up to slam home and send Madrid through. (Mirror)

Kevin Spacey sex crimes case 'under review'

Los Angeles County prosecutors are allegedly reviewing a "sex crimes case" against disgraced actor Kevin Spacey. The 58-year-old actor faced numerous allegations of sexual harassment last year, including one from fellow actor Anthony Rapp who was the first to come forward with his allegations against the star, claiming he had made a pass at him when he was 14 years old during a party in 1986. (Bang Showbiz)

In Depth: Five things we learned from Zuckerberg's Facebook hearing

© AP His data was sold to a malicious third party as well, he confirmed, in an answer to a question from the Democratic representative Anna Eshoo. Zuckerberg’s admission makes it harder than ever for Facebook to claim that its platform circa 2013 was fit for purpose: if even the CEO cannot lock down his privacy settings, who can? (The Guardian)

Video of the day: Boy allergic to Sun can't leave home without protective gear

This seven-year-old boy has a Sun allergy that is literally one-in-a-million in America, leaving him unable to leave his home without a plastic visor. (SWNS)

On this day:

Portrait of Yuri GAGARIN before his departure in the spaceship VOSTOK 1 for the first manned flight to space. © Getty Portrait of Yuri GAGARIN before his departure in the spaceship VOSTOK 1 for the first manned flight to space. 1961 To the dismay of many in the West, a Soviet cosmonaut becomes humankind's first space traveller. Yuri Gagarin, taking his Vostok spacecraft on a single orbit of Earth, spends 108 minutes on his mission. (Bing)

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