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

Sean Morrison

Journalist's death was 'plot gone awry', Trump says

Donald Trump has said he believes the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was the result of a “plot gone awry”.

He indicated that he thought the columnist was not deliberately lured to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to be murdered.

Mr Trump’s comments came after Saudi Arabia officials admitted the writer was dead, but said he died following a “fist fight”.

The president was speaking to USA Today on his way to a rally in Houston Texas where he threw support behind Senator Ted Cruz.

The once sworn enemies shook hands and hugged before urging crowds to back the Republican in the midterm elections.


Landmark study: plastic in every human gut tested

A landmark new study has found that human bodies are becoming polluted with microplastic on a worrying scale.

Scientists discovered tiny particles of up to nine different types of plastic in every sample used in their investigation.

Experts warned that such particles in the gut could suppress the immune system and aid transmission of harmful bugs or viruses.


Next stop Fiji! Harry and Meghan say goodbye to Australia

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have touched down in Fiji to kick off the second leg of their four country royal tour.

The couple travelled to the country’s capital of Suva, where they began a three-day programme, taking in the rich Fijian culture.

Prince Harry inspected the Guard of Honour before the newlyweds made an official call on the head of state at Borron House.

Harry and Meghan, who are expecting their first baby in spring, are currently part-way through their 16-day tour of the South Pacific.


A hard Brexit 'could cripple science'

World-leading scientists have warned Theresa May not to allow Brexit to create new barriers to collaboration across Europe.

Twenty-nine Nobel Prize winners wrote to the Prime Minister and EU officials, saying a hard Brexit could “cripple science”.

It comes after Ms May urged that progress towards a deal with the European Union is 95 per cent complete.


Amy Schumer reveals she is expecting

Amy Schumer has announced she is pregnant with her first child.

The actress and comedian revealed she and her husband Chris Fischer are expecting - with a post on Instagram.

As part of the message, Schumer shared an image of her and her husband’s heads edited onto the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

In the post, Schumer directed fans to the page of journalist Jessica Yellin who had shared the news in a video on her friend’s behalf.


Massive, perfectly rectangular iceberg discovered

A gigantic and perfectly rectangular iceberg has been spotted in the Antarctic by NASA scientists.

The enormous block of ice, known as a Tabular berg, is thought to be a mile in length, experts said.

It was found off the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, near the Larsen C ice shelf, by scientists flying over the region last week.

The iceberg’s sharp angles and flat surface suggest it was recently calved from the ice shelf, NASA Ice researchers said.

Scientists took the image as part a study into the calving process of icebergs as a way of measuring melting due to global warning.


On this day...

4004 BC: According to Archbishop James Usher, this is the day God created the world. Although there are 140 conflicting versions of the date, Usher's is the only one that matches the chronology of the authorised version of the Bible.

1707: The first Parliament of Great Britain met.

1991: The House of Lords ruled that husbands could legally be convicted of raping their wives.