Your morning briefing: What you should know for Thursday, April 18

Jason Collie


29 killed in Portuguese bus crash

The death toll from a tourist bus crash on the Portuguese island of Madeira stands at 29.

The bus, which was carrying 55 people, veered off the road and rolled down a steep hillside ,before hitting at least one house yesterday evening.

Eighteen women and 11 men, who officials believe are all German and all adults, have died, while 28 others were injured.


Climate change protests to continue

Londoners face a fourth day of disruption as environmental protesters vow to maintain roadblocks across the capital despite nearly 400 arrests.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove told campaigners the Government had “got the message", after Extinction Rebellion activists glued themselves to a train and others chained themselves to Jeremy Corbyn's garden fence.

Scotland Yard said more than 100 people were arrested on Wednesday alone.

The activists said they were planning to step up action on the rail and London Underground network, and continue blocking roads until next Friday.


Tributes following BBC actress’ death

Celebrities have paid tribute to BBC child actress Mya-Lecia Naylor following her death at the age of 16.

Lecia was known for appearing in shows including Millie Inbetween and Almost Never and died last week, her representatives confirmed last night.

Emily Atack starred alongside her on CBBC show Almost Never and said she was a beautiful and talented girl who was a joy to be around.

Lecia’s representatives did not say what had caused the teenager’s death.


Hot Easter forecast but steer clear of the roads

About 10 million people are estimated to be preparing to head off for what should be a hot Easter holiday.

Tomorrow will be the busiest travel day and motorists are being urged to set off early or delay their plans until Saturday to avoid the worst jams.

For those staying in the UK, the Met Office is predicting plenty of dry, sunny weather with temperatures in the low 20s.


North Korea ‘test fires new weapon’

North Korea has test-fired what it calls a new-type tactical guided weapon, its state media has announced.

Leader Kim Jong Un observed the firing of the weapon on Wednesday and was reported as saying it increased the combat power of his army.

The Associated Press could not independently verify North Korea's claim, and it was not immediately clear what had been tested.

The move is being seen by some as a demonstration of North Korea’s displeasure at the current deadlock over nuclear talks with the US.


VAR drama as Tottenham eliminate Man City from Champions League

It was a night of high video assistant referee drama as Tottenham edged past Manchester City on away goals in an epic Champions League quarter-final.

VAR was used to rule out handball for the late crucial goal by Fernando Llorente that sent Spurs through, before it then showed Sergio Aguero was offside in the build-up to what City thought was a winner in the dying seconds.

Tottenham lost 4-3 on the night but drew 4-4 on aggregate to go through to face Ajax in the semi-final.

Liverpool are also in the semis, after winning 4-1 at Porto for a comfortable 6-1 aggregate victory.


On this day…

1689: Death - in the Tower of London - of the despised Judge Jeffreys, who sentenced more than 300 to death at his "bloody assizes".

1775: American patriot Paul Revere made his famous ride from Charleston to Lexington to warn of the British Army's advance.

1906: San Francisco was devastated by a massive earthquake.

1934: The first launderette opened in Fort Worth, Texas. It was called a Washateria.

1949: The Republic of Ireland Act came into force as Eire became a republic and withdrew from the British Commonwealth.

1955: Death of physicist Albert Einstein, one of the most creative intellects in history.

1966: The Sound Of Music won an Oscar after receiving an almost universal panning from the critics

1968: London Bridge was sold for £1 million to oil tycoon Robert McCullough. He had it rebuilt at Lake Havasu in the United States.

1980: Rhodesia became the independent nation of Zimbabwe with Canaan Banana as the country's first president.