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Morning Briefing: March 7, 2018

07/03/2018 News desk

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

Former Russian spy may have been 'sprayed by attackers in the street'

Former spy Sergei Skripal may have been sprayed with poison by attackers in the street, investigators believe. (Evening Standard). Meanwhile, the Royal family could pull out of the World Cup if there is a proven link between Russia and the 'poisoning attempt'. (Mirror). Here's an analysis into what the British government could do if there was evidence that Moscow was involved in the attack. (The Guardian)

Ryanair threatens to ground planes after Brexit

Ryanair's chief executive has threatened to ground planes after Brexit in a bid to force Britain to 'rethink' its decision to leave the EU. Michael O'Leary - a vocal Remainer - said he is considering carrying out the stunt to show voters they were 'lied to' during the 2016 campaign. (Daily Mail)

Adult star Stormy Daniels sues Trump over 'hush' agreement

A porn star who has said she had sex with President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement that she signed days before the 2016 presidential election, which prevented her from discussing the alleged sexual encounters. (Time)

Coronation Street legend Bill Roache's eldest daughter dies

Coronation Street's Bill Roache has been granted compassionate leave following the death of his eldest daughter. Vanya Roache, 50, died last week, leaving the star 'utterly heartbroken'. (Daily Mail)

Teen who escaped 'house of horrors' posted videos on harsh life

The 17-year-old girl who escaped the California “house of horrors” and alerted authorities of the alleged abuse at the hands of her parents reportedly uploaded videos on YouTube under an alias describing her harsh home life. (Fox News)

Rugby Scott Moore star jailed for assaulting police

A rugby player who fought off police officers - despite being Tasered SIX times- has been jailed for 23 months. Former rugby league star Scott Moore was repeatedly hit with the 50,000 volt stun gun after being pursued by police in a 150mph car chase. Officers are said to have struggled with him for almost an hour before he grabbed the Taser himself, yelling: "You're getting it now." (Evening Standard)

Klopp hails Liverpool after progression in Champions League

Jurgen Klopp was impressed with his players' attitude as Liverpool booked their Champions League quarter-final place with a 0-0 draw against Porto at Anfield. (

In Depth: How a 'perfect man' conned women out of millions

For years he used fake identities to charm women out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Then his victims banded together to take him down. (The Atlantic)

Video of the day: Massive whale shark seen snooping on tourist boat

This whale shark got up close and personal with a tour boat in Australia. (SWNS)

On this day:

© Getty 1876 Following the development of his prototype 'harmonic telegraph' device, Scotland-born Alexander Graham Bell receives a US patent on a revolutionary new form of instantaneous communication, the telephone. (Bing)

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