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Morning Briefing: May 11, 2018 (FRIDAY)

11/05/2018 News desk

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

Controversial £50m cash boost to expand grammar schools

Grammar schools in England will be given tens of millions of pounds to expand, after the education secretary, Damian Hinds, unveiled a fund for selective schools that agree to improve applications from disadvantaged children. The £50m fund will potentially allow the creation of new “satellite” campuses of grammar schools away from their existing sites, although the Department for Education said there would be a “very high bar” for such expansions. (The Guardian)

May sets up cabinet teams to thrash out rival customs plans

Theresa May has divided her cabinet into two groups to fight out their differences over Britain’s post-Brexit customs arrangements, intensifying speculation that she is preparing to delay her decision on the issue. No 10 sources confirmed that the prime minister had formed the working groups, which would report back on her preferred customs partnership model and the maximum-facilitation option at next Tuesday’s meeting of her inner Brexit cabinet. (The Guardian)

Ederson drop-kick breaks Guinness World Record

Manchester City have broken plenty of Premier League records during their title-winning campaign and now goalkeeper Ederson has added a slightly quirky individual honour to that mounting collection. Ederson took to Instagram to share a picture of an official plaque confirming that he is now a Guinness world record title holder for the longest ever football drop kick. While such an award does not specifically say how long the kick actually was, Omnisport suggest that it was measured at 75.35 metres - around 82.4 yards. (Daily Mail)

Potholes costing motorists £1m a month

Potholes are forcing drivers and insurers to shell out at least £1 million a month on repair bills, the AA has found. The number of pothole-related claims has soared this year, with more during the first four months of 2018 than the whole of 2017. Across the UK there will have been more than 4,200 claims for pothole damage so far this year compared with just over 3,500 estimated claims last year, the motoring organisation claimed. It described the number of potholes as an "epidemic" and a "national embarrassment". (Sky News)

In Depth: How IVF has changed the way we think

To all outward appearances, Louise Brown looked exactly the same as thousands of other babies when her blinking, slightly quizzical gaze met newspaper readers on the morning of 27 July, 1978. But as the first child born using the technique of in-vitro fertilisation, she was utterly unique in the history of humankind. Forty years later, the media is saturated with articles about people’s experiences of infertility. (The Independent)

Video of the day: Airbus stuns with vertical takeoff

This Airbus A350 stunned onlookers at a German air show after it performed a near-vertical takeoff. Footage captured on April 25 at the ILA airshow in Berlin shows the carbon-coloured passenger plane leaving the ground in a near-vertical angle. Airline pilots would not usually perform this stunt while passengers are on board. (Newsflare)

On this day:

The Beatles at a Tokyo press conference. June 1966. © Getty The Beatles at a Tokyo press conference. June 1966. 1963: The Beatles start a 30-week run at No.1 on the UK album charts with their debut album 'Please Please Me'. Recorded in less than 13 hours, the record becomes the longest running No.1 album by a group ever. The band’s follow up, 'With the Beatles' will replace it at the top of the charts on 7th December 1963 and stay there for 21 weeks. (Bing)

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