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Morning Briefing: September 20, 2018 (THURSDAY)

20/09/2018 News desk

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

Storm Ali continues to wreak havoc with 102mph winds and heavy rain

Britain and Ireland are set to be battered once again by heavy rain and strong winds after two people were killed when Storm Ali brought gusts of 102mph. A new weather system moving in from the Atlantic has prompted a warning of possible flooding and further travel disruption after Ali wreaked havoc as it swept across the UK. While Northern Ireland and Scotland bore the brunt of the blustery conditions, the latest weather front is expected to bring downpours and gusts - albeit not as strong - to Wales and much of England on Thursday. (Mirror)

Theresa May tells EU she won't delay Brexit despite lack of a deal

Theresa May has tried to threaten EU leaders over dinner at a special summit in Salzburg by telling them the UK would not seek to delay Brexit, prompting European leaders to warn that the two sides remained far apart on trade and the Irish border despite months of negotiations. (The Guardian) Meanwhile, a senior Tory MP previously regarded as a May loyalist has broken ranks and dismissed her Chequers plan as "dead as a dodo". (Sky News)

Bashar al-Assad blames Israel over downing of Russian plane, heightening tensions

President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday blamed Israel for the downing of a Russian plane, which was accidentally hit by Syrian anti-aircraft fire during an Israeli missile strike. His intervention risks provoking fresh tensions a day after Moscow and Tel Aviv moved to de-escalate a row that threatened to build into a military confrontation. "This unfortunate incident was the result of Israeli arrogance and depravity," the Syrian leader said, offering his condolences in a letter to his Russian counterpart for the death of 15 Russian crew members killed in the incident. (The Telegraph)

Rooney facing multi-million-pound bill over tax scheme

Wayne Rooney is facing a multi-million-pound bill over a controversial tax avoidance scheme that has gone bust. The footie star, who is settling into a new home in the US following his move to MLS side DC United, used film investment partnership Invicta 43 to shelter a total investment of around £12.5 million. Some of it was his own cash while millions were borrowed from Bank of Scotland. (Mirror)

In Depth: How girl's heartbreaking story led to Dragons' Den deal

Craig Hill struggled to get the words out. He'd just delivered a confident, polished pitch to the "dragons", some of the most experienced and successful entrepreneurs in the country. Then, after mentioning that he'd fought through a period of depression and got into debt after giving up teaching, he was asked what happened. (Wales Online)

Video of the day: Diver comes face to face with hungry bull sharks

Diver Bartolomeo Bove got dangerously close to a school of hungry bull sharks while free diving off Jupiter, Florida. In the clip, filmed on May 30, the sharks swim close to the diver as they fight over bait being thrown into the water. “Sometimes the sharks bump into my GoPro attracted by the camera's electrical signals that spark their interest,” says the filmer. (Newsflare)

On this day

Charles Edward Stuart, known as the Young Pretender, or Bonnie Prince Charlie © Getty Charles Edward Stuart, known as the Young Pretender, or Bonnie Prince Charlie 1746: As the second Jacobite claimant to Britain's throne, Charles Edward Stuart has spent a year in Scotland struggling to do what his father, 'The Old Pretender,' could not. This 'Young Pretender' has no better luck, and breaks for France as the dream of a Catholic British king dies out. (Bing)

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