Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Tuesday 3 Dec 2019

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Protest as Trump heading to Buckingham Palace

Doctors and nurses are to lead a “Hands Off Our NHS” protest through central London today as Donald Trump arrives at Buckingham Palace for a dinner with the Queen and other leaders. The US president is in the UK to attend a Nato summit tomorrow, but The Guardian says there are fears within the Tory party that he could embarrass Boris Johnson.

2

London Bridge victim’s father criticises Johnson

The father of one of the two young people stabbed to death near London Bridge by a convicted terrorist on Friday has launched a veiled attack on Boris Johnson for using the tragedy for political ends. In an article for The Guardian, Dave Merritt says his son Jack, who was 25, would have been “seething” that his death had been used to “perpetuate an agenda of hate”.

3

Epstein case lawyer ‘will force Andrew to testify’

The lawyer for five women who have accused late financier and convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein of abuse has warned that he will serve subpoenas to force Prince Andrew to testify. David Boies said the Prince could have important information about sex trafficking. Andrew has denied seeing anything suspicious on his visits to Epstein’s US homes.

4

Man arrested for murder following school hit-and-run

A 51-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a 12-year-old boy and attempting to murder five other people in a hit-and-run crash in Essex yesterday afternoon. A 53-year-old woman and four other teenagers were also injured. The young victims are all believed to be pupils at Debden Park High School in Loughton.

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More than 180 UK children become homeless every day, says Shelter

An estimated 135,000 British children will be homeless on Christmas Day this year, homelessness charity Shelter has warned. Most will be living in temporary accommodation rather than on the streets. Shelter says that 183 children lose their homes every day, with the total number of homeless youngsters at a 12-year high. 

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Missing Australian man found alive in outback ‘miracle’

A 40-year-old Australian man has been found alive two weeks after he and his two friends became stranded in the outback. Police said Phu Tran’s survival was a “miracle”.  His friend Tamra McBeath-Riley, 52, was found on Sunday but the search continues for 45-year-old Claire Hockridge. The three split up in an attempt to find help after their car got stuck in a riverbed.

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Man restrained after trying to open cabin door of BA flight in mid-air

A passenger on a British Airways flight to Saudi Arabia on Monday attempted to open a cabin door in mid-air after having a panic attack. The unnamed man was restrained by other passengers, including the brother of British boxer Dillian Whyte. Dean Whyte, who is 6ft 7in, said he held the man in a bear hug and told him: “Calm down, bruv.”

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Nasa satellite spots India’s crashed lunar lander

A US satellite has photographed the site where India’s first lunar lander, Vikram, appears to have crashed in September. Nasa was able to identify the site with the help of an amateur space enthusiast, Indian engineer Shanmuga Subramanian. Vikram came down near the Moon’s south pole, but the main spacecraft is still circulating above the lunar surface.

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Scorsese: please don’t watch my films on phones

Septuagenarian filmmaker Martin Scorsese has begged fans not to watch his films on smartphones rather than on larger screens. The Taxi Driver director said: “I would suggest, if you ever want to see one of my pictures, or most films, please, please don’t look at it on a phone. Please.” His new film The Irishman was funded by TV streaming service Netflix.

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Briefing: the ‘point of no return’ for climate change

The world’s leaders and diplomats will meet in Madrid amid talks of a growing sense of crisis over climate change.

According to UN Secretary General António Guterres, “the point of no return is no longer over the horizon”. So what does this mean?

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