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Morning Briefing: March 13, 2018 (TUESDAY)

13/03/2018 News desk

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

Russia faces UK deadline over spy poisoning

© PA Plunging Britain into its worst standoff with Moscow since the Cold War, Theresa May said on Monday it was "highly likely" Russia attacked ex-spy Sergei Skripal and gave the Kremlin a deadline of just over 24 hours to respond. (Mirror) US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson followed suit and vowed that such action would "certainly trigger a response." (Business Insider) Meanwhile, Russia branded May's suggestion as a "circus show". (Sky News)

Row over top European Union appointment

Jean-Claude Juncker’s European commission has been thrown into crisis as the unorthodox appointment of his chief of staff, Martin Selmayr, to lead the EU’s civil service, was attacked during a fiery European parliament debate. An investigation is to be launched into the process that led to Selmayr’s elevation. (The Guardian)

Temperatures to plunge again as cold snap returns

Temperatures are set to plunge again this weekend as cold air makes its way from Russia. Although widespread frost and ice is possible, the good news is that any snow that does fall is not expected to settle for long. (Sky News)

‘Wonder Woman’ Lynda Carter: This is my #MeToo story

Lynda Carter, US actress, in costume in a publicity still issue for the US television series, 'Wonder Woman', circa 1977. © Getty Lynda Carter, US actress, in costume in a publicity still issue for the US television series, 'Wonder Woman', circa 1977. Lynda Carter had been speaking about the positive effects of the #MeToo movement when asked if she had ever endured sexual abuse and harassment in her career. “Yes,” the actress most famous for playing the iconic Wonder Woman on TV in the mid- to late 1970s said quietly. (The Daily Beast)

'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' dies at 96

A man known as the "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz" has died at the age of 96 - shortly before he was due to begin a four-year prison sentence. Oskar Groening was convicted in 2015 of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews at the Nazi concentration camp in occupied Poland during the Second World War. (Sky News)

Inside London's £15bn Underground upgrade 

London's massive upgrade to the existing underground system, which will be known as the Elizabeth line once it opens, is the biggest construction project ever undertaken in Europe. The £14.8 billion project, which connects 30 existing stations with 26 miles of new tunnels, is now roughly 90% complete after work started in 2009. (Business Insider UK)

In Depth: 'Picked apart by vultures' - The last days of Stan Lee

You might expect Stan Lee, at age 95, to be enjoying the fruits of his many labours: Marvel Comics, the company he served as the former president and chairman of, dominates popular culture and characters he co-created are household names. Instead, seven months after the death of Joan, his wife of almost 70 years, he may be facing his greatest challenge, every bit the equal of any of the psychologically flawed superheroes he helped shepherd into being. (The Daily Beast)

Video of the day: Diver grabs great white shark with his bare hand

During a diving expedition in cages off the island of Guadalupe, Mexico, Eli Martinez had to put his hand on a Great White Shark to push it away. (BuzzVideos)

On this day:

Grieving parents waiting to hear the news of the shooting incident at Dunblane primary school, near Stirling. © PA Grieving parents waiting to hear the news of the shooting incident at Dunblane primary school, near Stirling. 1996 Tragedy strikes the small village of Dunblane, Scotland, when a lone gunman enters the primary school's gym and begins shooting. Sixteen young students are killed along with their teacher and 13 are injured. (Bing)

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