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Morning Briefing: July 4, 2018 (WEDNESDAY)

04/07/2018 News desk

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

England through to quarter-finals after thrilling penalty shootout 

England were handed a major test of their mettle but claimed a first penalty shootout win in 22 years to book a World Cup quarter-final spot against Sweden. (Mirror) The game kicked off with England attacking and Colombia pressing for the counter. However, neither side could breakthrough in the first-half. After the interval, it took nine minutes for the Three Lions to win a penalty. (Read Sport) Meanwhile, here's a look at what you may have missed on day 20. (Read Sport)

Pair critical after 'exposure to unknown substance' near Skripals

Two people in their 40s are in a critical condition after suspected exposure to an unknown substance in Amesbury, Wiltshire. Police declared a major incident on Tuesday after the pair were found unconscious in a house in Muggleton Road. They are both being treated at Salisbury District Hospital. The town of Amesbury is roughly eight miles from the city of Salisbury, where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were targeted with the nerve agent novichok in March. (Sky News)

Police search nurse's home in probe into eight babies' death

Police investigating the suspicious deaths of eight babies at a Cheshire neonatal unit have searched the home of a nurse and that of her parents. A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murdering eight babies and attempting to murder six others at the hospital during 2015 and 2016. Police on Tuesday confirmed the arrest, describing the woman only as 'a healthcare professional'. (Daily Mail)

New video shows Thai cave boys in 'good health'

The Thai football teammates stranded more than a week in a partly flooded cave said they were healthy in a video released Wednesday, as heavy rains forecast for later this week could complicate plans to safely extract them. The 12 boys and their coach are seen sitting with Thai navy SEALs in the dark cave with their visibly skinny faces illuminated by the beam of a flashlight. The boys, many wrapped in foil warming blankets, take turns introducing themselves, folding their hands together in a traditional greeting and saying their names. (Associated Press)

In Depth: No one knows exactly what Kim Jong-un promised Trump

The optimism generated by President Trump’s meeting last month with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is giving way to the reality of just how difficult it will be to persuade North Korea to surrender its nuclear weapons. In fact, it’s difficult even to understand what Kim and Trump actually agreed to. (The Atlantic)

Video of the day: Why bringing your dog to work can be great

Dogs in the workplace provide more social support for employees, as well as more opportunities for coworkers to interact in a positive setting, according to a number of studies. (Time)

On this day:

Alice with the Duchess, the baby, the cook and the cheshire cat. From 'Alice In Wonderland' by Lewis Carroll. © Getty Alice with the Duchess, the baby, the cook and the cheshire cat. From 'Alice In Wonderland' by Lewis Carroll. 1862: Alice Liddell, 10, asks Charles Dodgson to tell her a story while they're boating near Oxford, England. He weaves a tale of a bored little girl who suddenly finds herself down a rabbit hole. Dodgson will later publish 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' under his pen name, Lewis Carroll. (Bing)

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