Your morning briefing: What you should know for Friday, April 26

Sean Morrison


William praises NZ ‘compassion’ after mosque attack

New Zealand has shown the world it will not be divided in the wake of last month’s mosque attacks, Prince William has told survivors.

The Duke of Cambridge was speaking at the Masjid Al Noor in Christchurch, where 42 people lost their lives in the tragedy.

The duke said the terrorist’s act of violence was “designed” to change the face of New Zealand.

“But instead the grief of the nation revealed just how deep your wells of empathy, compassion, warmth and love truly run,” he said.


Explosions at Port Talbot steelworks

At least two people have suffered injuries after an explosion rocked the UK's largest steelworks causing fire to break out.

Police confirmed emergency services were on the scene following reports of a blast at the site in Port Talbot early on Friday.

Locals reported their houses shook with the force of a blast.


Storm set to batter UK and Ireland

Storm Hannah is today set to batter the UK and Ireland with winds of more than 70mph.

A yellow severe weather warning has been issued, with powerful gusts expected to spark travel disruption across the southwest.

Ireland is set to bear the brunt of the storm, with the island’s weather service issuing an orange status advisory for large parts.


Fake German heiress guilty of fraud

A woman who posed as German heiress has been found guilty of swindling tens of thousands of dollars from banks, hotels and friends.

Anna Sorokin faces up to 15 years in jail after jurors returned a guilty verdict following a month-long trial that attracted global attention.

Using the name Anna Delvey, Sorokin deceived friends and financial institutions into believing she had a $67 million fortune overseas.

She claimed her father was a diplomat or an oil baron and went to extraordinary lengths to have others pay her way.


New Blue Peter presenter revealed

Blue Peter has revealed its newest presenter will be a film graduate who worked for urban music website GRM Daily.

Richie Driss, 30, will replace Radzi Chinyanganya, who announced his departure from the long-running CBBC children's show last month.


On this day...

1895: At the Old Bailey, the trial of Oscar Wilde for homosexuality, then a crime, began.

1921: The first motorcycle police patrols went on duty in London.

1923: The marriage of Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (later Queen Elizabeth) to the Duke of York (later George VI) took place at Westminster Abbey, the first Royal wedding there since 1383.

1947: The English FA Cup Final (between Charlton Athletic and Burnley) was televised in its entirety for the first time.

1957: The BBC TV series The Sky At Night, presented by Patrick Moore, was first screened.

1986: An accident at the Soviet nuclear power station at Chernobyl resulted in a massive radiation leak.