Your morning briefing: What you should know for Friday, March 22

Sean Morrison

EU leaders agree to Brexit delay

EU leaders have agreed to extend Article 50 after hours of Brexit talks in Brussels last night.

Britain was offered a plan which would move its departure from March 29 until May 22, on the condition a deal is approved.

If the deal is rejected in its third "meaningful” Commons vote the UK will be given a deadline of April 12 to propose a way forward.

Theresa May has warned MPs they face a “moment of decision” in a vote next week.

NZ falls silent for mosque attack victims

New Zealand fell silent and the Islamic call to prayer has been broadcast to remember those killed in the Christchurch mosque attacks.

Jacinda Ardern joined thousands of mourners near the Al-Noor mosque, one of the two places targeted in last Friday's shootings.

“New Zealand mourns with you. We are one," the Prime Minister said in a short speech before two minutes of silence earlier.

A mass burial was set to take place for many of the victims later today.

Women wear headscarves in show of solidarity

Woman are wearing headscarves to show their solidarity with the Muslim community in the wake of the Christchurch attacks.

The moving tributes come a week after 50 people were killed the shootings and as thousands joined Friday prayers today to mourn the victims.

Muslims account for just over 1 percent of New Zealand's population, most of whom were born overseas.


Child caught in Italy bus horror hailed hero

A child caught up in a horrific attack on a school bus in Milan has been hailed a hero by his classmates for saving everyone on board.

Ramy Shehata, 13, hid his phone when an alleged hijacker was confiscating them from other students on the bus.

The youngster, whose family are from Egypt, made a call to his father while pretending to pray in Arabic, Italian media reported.

The police were then phoned.

The bus was set alight with 51 children on board but officers managed to get all passengers off when they arrived.

Tributes to student after body found

Tributes have been paid to university student Libby Squire after her body was found in the Humber Estuary.

Humberside Police had been searching for the 21-year-old who disappeared from near her Hull home seven weeks ago.

Detective Superintendent Martin Smalley said formal identification has now taken place after the body was found on Wednesday.

Professor Susan Lea, vice-chancellor at the University of Hull, said staff and students "are all absolutely devastated” by her death.

"Our hearts go out to Libby's family and friends at this incredibly difficult time,” she added.


John Lennon’s glasses go under the hammer

John Lennon’s glasses and unheard tapes recorded by George Harrison are set to go on sale in a new Beatles auction.

A school book previously owned by Sir Paul McCartney is also among the lots set to go under the hammer in the UK this month.

A promotional poster for the band’s second album is expected to sell for £8000-£12000 at the auction on March 26.


On this day...

1687: Jean-Baptiste Lully, composer who made French opera popular, died from an abscess on his foot caused by striking it with the stick he used to conduct his Te Deum.

1859: In Melbourne, plasterer Ben Douglas became chairman of the Political Labour League of Victoria, the first Labour Party.

1888: The English Football League was formed by 12 clubs meeting at a Fleet Street hotel.

1895: The first celluloid film was presented to an invited audience by Auguste and Louis Lumiere in Paris.

1907: The first cabs with taxi meters began operating in London.

1945: The Arab League was founded by seven Middle East countries.

1958: Showman Michael Todd, husband of Elizabeth Taylor, died when his light aircraft iced up and crashed into mountains in New Mexico. The plane was called Lucky Liz.

1979: The British ambassador in Holland Sir Richard Sykes was shot dead by two IRA gunmen who opened fire outside his home in The Hague.

1996: The war crimes tribunal in The Hague made its first indictment of three Muslims and a Croat for the torture, rape and murder of Serb prisoners.

2017: Khalid Masood stabbed a police officer to death outside Parliament and ploughed a car into pedestrians in a fatal terror attack on Westminister Bridge.