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Morning Briefing: September 18, 2018 (TUESDAY)

18/09/2018 News desk

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

Claire Foy and Thandie Newton among winners as British talent cleans up at the Emmys  

Claire Foy and Thandie Newton were among the winners at the 2018 Emmys on a night of British success at television's biggest awards show. Game of Thrones saw off heavyweight competition to win the prize for outstanding drama series. (Sky News) Meanwhile, a director stunned Emmy Awards viewers by proposing to his girlfriend live on stage in front of a star-studded room. Glenn Weiss, who won the outstanding directing for a variety special, made an emotional acceptance speech that ended with the proposal. (Evening Standard) Here are all the stars at the 2018 Emmy Awards red carpet. (Photos)

Storm Helene hits Britain bringing heavy rain and 70mph winds

Britain is feeling the wrath of Storm Helene with winds of up 70mph battering the country just one day after basking in 79F sunshine (26C). Cornwall has been the worst hit so far with people taking to social media to report strong winds. The Met Office issued a severe wind warning for the North and South West of England, southern Scotland and western Wales from 9pm last night until 6pm this evening, with delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport expected. (Daily Mail)

Sir Vince Cable: Brexiteers are ignoring cost to economy for erotic spasm of leaving EU

Brexiteers such as Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg are ignoring huge costs to the economy for the "erotic spasm" of leaving the European Union, Sir Vince Cable is set to claim. In a keynote address to the party faithful gathered in Brighton for the Liberal Democrats' annual conference, the leader will accuse the Brexit "fundamentalists" of creating worry and insecurity for millions. He will also say that he and others are starting to "feel sorry" for Theresa May's predicament with the pressure she faces from the warring factions within the Conservative Party over her Chequers blueprint. (The Independent)

Elon Musk to launch Japanese billionaire on Space X rocket to the moon

Elon Musk plans to launch Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa on a rocket around the moon, the embattled SpaceX CEO announced on Monday. Maezawa, a 42-year-old art collector and entrepreneur who founded Japan’s largest online fashion retailer, could be the first private passenger to make the trip around the moon. The Big Falcon Rocket has not yet been built. (The Guardian)

In Depth: How butterfly and some insects hear and taste things

Ah, the breezy life of a butterfly. You’re outside all day, you have pretty wings and life is all about flowers. One drawback: Your feet have taste receptors on them, which seems like it could get pretty unpleasant depending where you land. The idea of walking around tasting our floor tile all day made us wonder: What are some of the other strange places insects have their sensory organs? (National Geographic)

Video of the day: Orca filmed spinning sea turtle with its nose

This orca may be “playing with its food,” as orcas often do, or it may be a rare glimpse at an elder male teaching younger orcas to hunt. The older male orca spun the sea turtle with the front of its head, called a rostrum, then one of the two youths carried another sea turtle by its fin. Filmed off Isla Isabelain the Galápagos, the orcas were observed playing with the turtles for half an hour - then swimming off without eating them. Orcas don’t often hunt sea turtles, but they are among the few animals with the jaw strength to break the turtles’ shells. (National Geographic)

On this day

In this Sept. 20, 1960 file photo, Cuba's leader Fidel Castro, center holding a cigar, stands with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, center left, outside Hotel Theresa in Harlem, New York. © AP In this Sept. 20, 1960 file photo, Cuba's leader Fidel Castro, center holding a cigar, stands with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, center left, outside Hotel Theresa in Harlem, New York. 1960: Leftist revolutionary Fidel Castro, prime minister of Cuba after his forces ousted Batista's government the year before, arrives in New York to meet with Americans sympathetic to his cause, and will later speak at the UN. His visit, at the height of Cold War, causes consternation in some and sparks celebration in others. (Bing)

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