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

Sean Morrison

Backlash over Brexit transition as summit ditched

Theresa May is facing a backlash for indicating the Brexit transition period could be extended for another year, to the end of 2021.

The Prime Minister refused to rule out the possibility after she was criticised for making no real progress at yesterday’s crunch talks.

EU leaders also ditched plans for a special summit next month, saying more time is needed to resolve the issue of the Irish border.


Harry and Meghan greeted by thousands in Melbourne

Harry and Meghan were met with a rapturous reception as they arrived in Melbourne for day three of their royal tour in Australia.

Locals waited from as early as 5am to catch a glimpse of the couple as they headed to Victoria as part of their 16-day trip today.

The duke and duchess were met by a crowd nearing 5,000 and abandoned their strict scheduling to meet fans for 25 minutes.

The newlyweds met the Governor of Victoria, community leaders and visited a school to discuss sustainability programmes.

They are also set to take part in a beach clean-up with volunteers.


Trump asks for journalist ‘murder’ audio evidence

Donald Trump has asked Turkey for an audio tape believed to prove a missing journalist was killed at Istanbul's Saudi consulate.

The president last night said: “we have asked for it, if it exists”.

The US writer, Jamal Khashoggi, has not been seen since entering the consulate on October 2.

Saudi Arabia denies killing him.


Snow on the way

Snow could hit parts of the UK next week as temperatures plummeted to below freezing in some parts of the country overnight.

Signs indicate cold weather will also mark the start of November with further potential for snowfall.


Third of youngsters suffer with mental health issues

A third of 15 to 18-year-olds are suffering from mental health and emotional well-being issues, a study has found.

Research by charity Action for Children suggests 33 per cent of the 5,000 teenagers surveyed were experiencing problems regularly.

Common issues were feeling depressed, restless sleep, struggling to focus their minds and the inability to shake negative feelings.


Danny Dyer gets royal treatment in new series

EastEnders actor Danny Dyer is a direct descendant of Edward III so it makes sense that he fronts a new history series for the BBC.

After finding out he was related to royalty in Who Do You Think You Are, Dyer is to experience how his ancestors lived for the show.

The star will learn to hunt, eat a sheep’s tongue like a Viking and wear a ruff for an Elizabethan banquet on the show.

Dyer described it as a “nutty experience”.


On this day...

1405: Pope Pius II was born. Pope Gregory XII also died on this day in 1417, as did Pope Pius III, who died in 1503.

1826: The last state lottery was held in Britain.

1922: The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) was officially formed.

1961: Henri Matisse's Le Bateau went on show in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It was not until 116,000 people had seen it, 46 days later, that someone noticed it was hanging upside down.

1967: The Soviet Union successfully sent a space probe into the atmosphere of the planet Venus for the first time.