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2 days ago News desk

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

May delivered crushing blow by EU leaders 

Theresa May was delivered a devastating blow by EU leaders last night after seeking help to win over Tory rebels as her party descended into civil war. The Prime Minister had begged them to give ground on the Irish backstop as she faces a battle to get her Brexit deal through Parliament. But European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker rejected her plea. (Mirror) Meanwhile, a leading Liberal Democrat has called for Parliament’s Christmas break to be cancelled unless MPs get a vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal before they take time off. (Evening Standard)

More than 24,000 will sleep rough over the festive season

More than 24,000 people in Britain will spend Christmas sleeping on pavements, in tents or on public transport – far more than there were five years ago, according to new research. The analysis of the data, commissioned by UK homelessness charity Crisis and undertaken by Heriot-Watt University shows that 12,300 people are currently sleeping rough on the street and nearly 12,000 are spending their nights in cars, trains, buses or tents. (HuffPost UK)

Oscar nominee and Clint Eastwood's ex-girlfriend Sondra Locke dies

Actress and Director Sondra Locke, Clint Eastwood's Former Girlfriend of 14 Years, Dies at 74 Actress and Director Sondra Locke, Clint Eastwood's Former Girlfriend of 14 Years, Dies at 74 Actress Sondra Locke, who was Clint Eastwood‘s girlfriend for more than 13 years, has died. She was 74. Locke, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her first film role in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, died on November 3. Locke began her career in 1967 when she won a nationwide talent search for a supporting role in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter opposite Alan Arkin. (People)

Clarkson, Hammond and May to ditch car show studio format

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May will no longer present studio car shows, instead focusing on special episodes filmed on the road. The presenting trio first joined together on the BBC’s Top Gear before moving on to front Amazon Prime’s The Grand Tour. After finishing filming for the third season of The Grand Tour, Clarkson announced they would no longer be filming from a studio. (Press Association)

In Depth: Iceland’s Christmas advertisement sends a grim message

The most successful television commercial this Christmas did not appear on television. The No Palm Oil ad from Iceland, the UK supermarket chain, featured a loveable orangutan forced to flee its forest because of destructive farmers. With a voiceover by actress Emma Thompson the ad certainly tugged the heartstrings. (The Financial Times)

Video of the day: Motorists nab spilling cash

An armoured truck spilled cash on Thursday on a New Jersey highway, leading to two crashes as drivers "went a little bit crazy," stopping their cars and scrambling to grab the swirling money. (Associated Press)

On this day

Actor John Travolta © Getty Actor John Travolta 1977: The John Travolta film premieres in New York to critics' applause. Critic Gene Siskel will call it his favourite film ever (he'll watch it 17 times). Travolta will earn a best actor Oscar nomination for the role of a Brooklyn teen with good dancefloor moves, and the soundtrack will turn the disco craze up full blast. (Bing)

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