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Morning Briefing: July 5, 2018 THURSDAY

05/07/2018 News desk

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

Pair critical after contact with same nerve agent used on ex-spy Skripal

A couple taken critically ill at the weekend were poisoned by the same nerve agent used against Sergei Skripal, the former Russian spy, and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury. Police said tests carried out at the Porton Down government defence laboratory had established that Charles Rowley, 45, and his girlfriend, Dawn Sturgess, 44, had been exposed to Novichok. (The Telegraph) The incident comes four months after the Skripals were poisoned in a suspected Russian backed assassination attempt and will lead to fears that the public in Salisbury could still be at risk. Authorities will now face questions over whether the multi-million pound decontamination effort failed. (The Guardian)

Teen arrested in connection with six-year-old's death on Isle of Bute

Officers investigating the murder of a six-year-old girl who was found dead on a Scottish island after disappearing from her grandparents’ home have arrested a teenager. Schoolgirl Alesha MacPhail was reported missing from a flat in Rothesay, on the Isle of Bute, on Monday and her body was found less than three hours later in woodland on the site of a former hotel. She had been on holiday on the island, staying with her father Robert MacPhail, 25, and his parents. (The Telegraph)

Staff praised for 'brilliance' as NHS celebrates its 70th birthday

NHS staff have been praised as the institution celebrates its 70th birthday. Chief executive Simon Stevens says the service's success is due to the "brilliance" of its 1.5 million doctors, nurses, ambulance staff, therapists, porters, caterers and others who, along with volunteers, make up the biggest care team in the world. In a message recorded in an ambulance control room, Mr Stevens said: "It's a time of celebration, looking back over seven decades when we're all living a lot longer and healthier, more than 10 years extra." (Sky News)

New theory emerges on Bruce Lee's cause of death

What happened on the day martial arts expert and Hollywood star Bruce Lee died in 1973 at the age of 32? Matthew Polly may have an idea. Nearly 45 years after the film and fighting legend's sudden demise, the American journalist has published an intensive biography titled “Bruce Lee: A Life.” Polly interviewed over 100 people associated with Lee, including friends, family, colleagues, as well as his widow Linda Lee Cadwell. (Fox News)

In Depth: London clubs and racism - ‘The West End is a hostile environment’

Close up detail of clubbers shoes © Getty Close up detail of clubbers shoes The near absence of any ethnic group from a social space in London is unusual enough for a city with a 40% non-white population. But it is all the more surprising in nightclubs that play almost entirely black music. Those who claim black people are being deliberately excluded are becoming harder to ignore. (The Guardian)

Video of the day: The origins of asteroids in our solar system

We all know there are a bunch of asteroids just floating around in space. What we don’t know is where they came from… until now. (Buzz60)

On this day:

Arthur Ashe in action on Centre Court. © Getty Arthur Ashe in action on Centre Court. 1975: Arthur Ashe grew up in Richmond, Virginia, as a skinny kid whose father forbade him to play football, but 'Bones' took easily to tennis and began practicing with a racket at age seven. Ashe's dedication to the sport culminates with the first Wimbledon men's singles win by an African American. (Bing)

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