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Morning Briefing: May 14, 2018 (MONDAY)

14/05/2018 News desk

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

MI5 chief warns against Putin's 'aggressive and pernicious actions'

Britain needs to work more closely than ever with European states in order to confront the “intense and unrelenting international terrorist threat”, as well as “unprecedented levels” of “aggressive and pernicious actions” by Vladimir Putin’s Russia, the head of MI5 will stress on Monday. Terrorist atrocities, with the potential to inflict widespread deaths and injuries, have been thwarted in Britain at the rate of one every month since the Westminster attack in March 2017, Andrew Parker will say, while also pointing out that the threat from IS remains as lethal and active as ever. (The Independent)

Briton found dead at bottom of Colombian waterfall

A British man has been found dead at the bottom of a waterfall called the "End of the World" in southwestern Colombia following an apparent fall. Joe Tilley's body was discovered on Saturday at the Fin Del Mundo waterfall close to Mocoa city, exactly a week after going missing nearby. The 24-year-old, from Leicester, had been volunteering and travelling in central America at the time of his death. (Sky News)

Britain’s Got Talent scoops top gong at Bafta TV awards

Britain's Got Talent and Blue Planet II were among the winners at this year's Bafta Television Awards. Dec Donnelly arrived without his presenting partner Ant McPartlin, as he has been forced to take on the duo's commitments solo following Ant's drink-drive arrest. (Mirror) Meanwhile, Netflix has finally been accepted into the British television establishment by winning its first major Bafta, for Vanessa Kirby's performance as Princess Margaret in The Crown. (The Telegraph)

More funds to tackle brain cancer after ex-minister's death

The Government has doubled the funding it will commit to tackle brain cancer to mark Dame Tessa Jowell’s battle with the illness. Theresa May said a new programme to address the disease was a “lasting legacy” to an “inspirational woman” after the former Labour Cabinet minister died, aged 70. The Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Research Mission covers several of the late politician’s requests, including improved tests to detect tumours. (Huffington Post UK)

In Depth: Inside the trial of the world’s most infamous drug baron

Known as El Chapo (or Shorty) for his diminutive, stocky stature, Guzmán toiled as a child to help bring food to the table, hauling sacks of oranges around the hills to sell to peasant farmers for a few pesos. Six decades later, Guzmán languishes in New York City’s highest-security prison, accused of trafficking drugs worth £10 billion into the US - one of the biggest narcotics cases in US criminal history. (Time)

Video of the day: How bats find their babies in dark caves

Searching for your child in a crowd can be stressful enough, but imagine trying to find them in a crowded, pitch-black cave. That’s not a problem for these “tequila” bat moms since they rely on their sense of smell to find their babies. The video shows a mother bat moving over a cluster of babies to find her own. (National Geographic)

On this day:

English reenactor soldiers standing guard at James Fort, Jamestown Settlement, on the 400th Anniversary of Jamestown, Virginia, May 4, 2007 © Getty English reenactor soldiers standing guard at James Fort, Jamestown Settlement, on the 400th Anniversary of Jamestown, Virginia, May 4, 2007 1607: The Virginia Company of London finds a suitable parcel of land 40 miles from the sea on which to build a fortified settlement. Jamestown, named for the English king, will be the first permanent English colony in America, and arguably the first arm of the future British Empire. (Bing)

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