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Morning Briefing: April 9, 2018 (MONDAY)

09/04/2018 News desk

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

Police cuts ‘likely contributed’ to rise in violent crime in London

© Getty Government cuts to the police “may have encouraged” violent offenders and have “likely contributed” to a rise in serious violent crime, leaked Home Office documents have revealed. The documents cast doubt on claims by the home secretary, Amber Rudd, on Sunday that cuts to the police were not to blame for rising violence. (The Guardian)

Airstrikes hit Syrian air base after deadly chemical attack 

Syrian state TV said late Sunday that airstrikes had hit a military airport near the city of Homs shortly after a suspected chemical attack that killed at least 40 people in a suburb of Damascus. It was not immediately clear which country launched the strikes. The TV report said the attack on the T4 military airbase "is likely to be an American aggression." (Fox News) Meanwhile, Trump has warned Russia and Iran there will be a "big price to pay" for backing the Syrian regime. (Sky News)

Elvis Presley deliberately killed himself, says ex-wife Priscilla

Newlyweds Elvis and Priscilla Presley © Getty Newlyweds Elvis and Priscilla Presley Elvis Presley's ex-wife Priscilla has claimed the King knowingly took his own life when he died from a drug-related heart attack. The 72-year-old made the admission ahead of the premiere of the new HBO documentary, 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher', which looks into the singer’s connection to Memphis, Tennessee. In the programme, Priscilla opens up about the depths of addiction of her late ex-husband. (Mirror)

Hamilton hits back at Verstappen after Bahrain collision

Lewis Hamilton pulled no punches in his damning assessment of Max Verstappen following their collision in Sunday’s thrilling Bahrain Grand Prix. Verstappen lunged underneath Hamilton on the 220mph turn 1 charge, inadvertently colliding with the Mercedes car. (Press Association)

In Depth: Stop and search alone isn't the answer to London's crime problem

Stop and search has a long and often inglorious history dating back at least to the Vagrancy Act of 1824. Misuse of “sus” laws, where a police officer was given the power to stop and search any person “on suspicion”, were a factor in waves of riots in the 1980s. (The Independent)

Video of the day: How infrared technology could help fight poaching

Teams of conservationists and scientists are going out in the field to deploy drones with high-tech-infrared cameras attached and developing software that can detect different types of animals in various landscapes and climates. (National Geographic)

On this day:

Former astronaut John Glenn shows the interior of his "Friendship 7" Mercury spacecraft © Reuters Former astronaut John Glenn shows the interior of his "Friendship 7" Mercury spacecraft 1959 Seven astronauts out of 500 applicants are determined to have the right stuff to conduct manned spaceflights, and they're introduced in Washington, DC, in front of hundreds of reporters. Astronauts Carpenter, Cooper, Glenn, Grissom, Schirra, Shepard, and Slayton will become national heroes. (Bing)

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