Your morning briefing: What you should know for Tuesday, April 23

Jason Collie



New IRA confesses it was responsible for journalist's death

The New IRA has admitted responsibility for the murder of journalist Lyra McKee in Londonderry.

The 29-year-old was shot as she observed violence that had broken out on the Creggan estate on Thursday.

The dissident Republican group said it was responsible in a statement given to the Irish News but added Miss McKee was not a target.

It also said it offered its “full and sincere apologies” to Miss McKee’s partner, family and friends.


Extinction Rebellion protest to continue today

Police have said they have a robust plan in place ahead of a proposed climate change protest in Parliament Square today.

The demonstration will coincide with the first day Parliament is sitting following the Easter recess and is the latest action by Extinction Rebellion protesters in the capital.

Police said protesters are not allowed outside of Parliament Square and it will start arresting anyone who has not left by midnight tonight.

More than 1,000 people have been arrested during the week-long climate change protests so far


40 now arrested in Sri Lanka as bombings death toll rises to 310

Police have arrested 40 suspects in the Sri Lanka attacks, including the driver of a van allegedly used by suicide bombers and the owner of a house where some of them lived, officials have said.

Sri Lanka's president gave the military a wider berth to detain and arrest suspects on Tuesday - powers that were used during the 26-year civil war but withdrawn when it ended in 2009.

The death toll from Sunday's attacks has risen to 310, including eight Britons.


Cross-party Brexit talks to resume as MPs return after Easter break

Theresa May will chair the Cabinet meeting today as cross-party Brexit talks resume with Labour.

Ministerial discussions are expected in the afternoon, with Mrs May's de facto deputy David Lidington, Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay and chief whip Julian Smith representing the Government.

Elsewhere Change UK - the Independent Group will launch its European election campaign in Bristol, and Nigel Farage's Brexit Party will unveil its latest tranche of candidates in London.


Prince Louis celebrates first birthday

Prince Louis pictured in the garden of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Norfolk home earlier this month (PA)

Adorable new photographs of Prince Louis have been released to mark his first birthday today.

The third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is pictured playing in the garden of the family's Norfolk home in photographs taken by his mother, Kate, earlier this month.

In the images his broad smile shows off his two bottom front teeth and it looks like two more teeth may be on their way soon.