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Morning Briefing: May 10, 2018 (THURSDAY)

10/05/2018 News desk

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

Israel retaliates after Iran 'fires 20 rockets' at Golan Heights

Arch-enemies Iran and Israel have appeared to edge closer to all-out war after Israel’s military said its positions in the Golan Heights were fired at with a barrage of Iranian rockets, prompting it to respond with extensive strikes targeting Tehran’s forces across Syria. The attack, if confirmed, would mark the first time Iran has fired rockets in a direct strike on Israeli forces, dramatically ratcheting up what has for years been a conflict fought through proxies. (The Guardian)

EastEnders legend Dame Barbara Windsor diagnosed with Alzheimer's

EastEnders legend Dame Barbara Windsor has been battling Alzheimer's for four years, her devastated husband has revealed. The TV icon, now 80, was given the devastating diagnosis in April 2014, but kept it private until now. Her husband Scott Mitchell, 55, said they have now chosen to make her condition public as Barbara's symptoms have deteriorated in recent weeks. (Mirror)

Asda scraps controversial £99 petrol pump fee

Asda has axed its controversial new £99 deposit for those filling up at 'pay at the pump' petrol stations after customers complained that it took days to get the money back. It comes after customer Jade Louise took to Facebook claiming she was debited £99 on top of her £5 petrol transaction at an Asda in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. She also said there were no signs warning customers about the fee. (Daily Mail)

In Depth: Doomsday 'inevitable' if we don't act on climate

The last time atmospheric carbon dioxide levels were this high, millions of years ago, the planet was very different. For one, humans didn’t exist. On Wednesday, scientists at the University of California in San Diego confirmed that April’s monthly average atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration breached 410 parts per million for the first time in our history. Our failed approach to climate change is mostly a failure of imagination. Yes, there are some truly colossal headwinds, but we still control our future. Forgetting that fact is sure to doom us all. (Salon)

Video of the day: How an automated parking garage works

AutoMotion Parking Systems builds custom automated parking garages. The systems are designed to be modular and customizable. Here's how the fool-proof systems work. (Business Insider)

On this day:

Portrait de la reine Marie-Antoinette en 1784. © Getty Portrait de la reine Marie-Antoinette en 1784. 1774: Amid rumblings of discontent from their subjects, Louis XVI, 19, and his bride Marie Antoinette, 18, become the reigning monarchs of France. Anti-aristocracy passions, already simmering due to the country's debt problems, will only increase as the populace leans towards revolution. (Bing)

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