Your morning briefing: What you should know for Friday, January 17

Sean Morrison


Harry and Meghan's Frogmore Cottage staff 'redeployed as royal couple prepare for move'

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s staff at Frogmore Cottage are reportedly being “redeployed” as the royal couple prepare to spend more time in North America.

Members of staff at Prince Harry and Meghan’s Windsor residence are being move to other duties within the Queen’s household, sources told the Mail.

Others employed on an ad hoc basis have been told their services are no longer required, the newspaper reported.

It comes after Harry returned to public duties with his first official engagement since he and Meghan revealed their bombshell decision to step back as “senior” royals last week.

Bodies found in mass grave after suspected exorcism in Panama

The bodies of seven people have been found in a mass grave in an indigenous area of Panama after a suspected exorcism.

Residents had been rounded up by 10 lay preachers and tortured, beaten, burned and hacked with machetes, authorities said.

Ten people were arrested on suspicion of murder and prosecutors announced on Thursday they were investigating.


Cyprus gang-rape case teen launches appeal against conviction

A British teenager who was found guilty of lying about being gang-raped in Cyprus has launched an appeal against her conviction.

The 19-year-old vowed to continue fighting to clear her name as she flew back to the UK last week after being given a suspended jail term.

Her lawyers last night said grounds for appeal against the public mischief conviction were submitted to the supreme court of Cyprus.


Almost quarter of food products launched last year were vegan - study

Nearly one in four of all new UK food products launched in 2019 was vegan, analysis has found

But while the trend is on the rise, those following a vegan diet still only make up about 1 per cent of the country’s population.

That’s according to figures by analysts Mintel, which said the launch of plant-based products increased from 17 per cent to 23 per cent last year.

They also found that the number of Britons eating food containing meat substitutes has risen from 50 per cent in 2017 to 65 per cent.


Scottish brothers set world record by rowing Atlantic in 35 days

Three brothers from Scotland have set a world record after rowing the Atlantic Ocean in just 35 days.

The MacLean siblings, known as BROAR, set off from La Gomera in the Canary Islands on December 12 and completed their 3,000-mile row to Antigua in the Carribean on Thursday.

It means the brothers - Lachlan, 21, Jamie, 26, and Ewan, 27 - beat the previous record of a trio rowing the Atlantic Ocean, which was 41 days, with the timing of 35 days, nine hours and nine minutes.


On this day...

1773: Captain Cook's ship Resolution became the first to cross the Antarctic circle.

1874: The original Siamese twins, Chang and Eng Bunker, died within three hours of each other, aged 62.

1912: British explorer Captain Scott reached the South Pole - only to find the Norwegian Roald Amundsen had arrived a month earlier.

1983: Start of BBC's Breakfast TV with Frank Bough and Selina Scott.

1991: US-led allied air forces launched Operation Desert Storm, the campaign to expel Iraqi invaders from Kuwait.

2010: Former Iraqi minister Ali Hassan al-Majid, also known as Chemical Ali, was sentenced to death for ordering the Halabja gas attack in 1988.

2019: The Duke of Edinburgh escaped unhurt in a car crash while he was driving close to the Sandringham Estate.