Your morning briefing: What you should know for Wednesday, April 24

Sean Morrison


Family pay tribute to murdered journalist

The family of murdered journalist Lyra McKee have paid a moving tribute to her ahead of her funeral in Belfast later today.

They described the 29-year-old, who was killed in Londonderry by an IRA splinter group volunteer, as a “gentle, innocent soul”.

Ms McKee died as a result of injuries sustained when she was shot on the Creggan estate on April 18.

Her funeral is to be held at St Anne's Cathedral this afternoon.


Tory rebels consider bid to oust May

Senior Tories are expected to hold further talks on whether to try and force an early leadership challenge in Theresa May.

Under current party rules, MPs cannot mount a fresh leadership challenge until 12 months after last December's failed attempt.

But some MPs now want to the rules to be rewritten to allow another challenge as soon as June.

It comes amid growing frustration over the latest delays to Brexit.

Further discussions over the possible move are reportedly set to take place at a meeting of the 1922 Committee today.


Explosion reported in Sri Lankan capital

Sri Lanka remains on high alert after police carried out a controlled explosion near the Savoy cinema in Colombo.

Police blew up a suspicious motorbike parked near the popular cinema in the capital, it was reported this morning.

Officers confirmed a controlled explosion was carried out.

Officials later said no explosives were found in the vehicle.


Kim Jong-un arrives in Russia for summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has arrived in Russia for a much-anticipated summit with the nation’s president Vladimir Putin.

Mr Kim arrived in the country today after departing Pyongyang on his private train at dawn.

The much-anticipated talks will focus on the standoff over North Korea's nuclear programme, officials have said.


UK ticket holder scoops £38m EuroMillions prize

A lucky UK ticket holder was the winner of last night’s £38 million EuroMillions jackpot.

Camelot said one ticket had matched all seven numbers to win the top prize.

The winner is the third UK ticket holder to have scooped the jackpot this year alone.


‘First ever marsquake’ detected by probe

The first ever “marsquake” has been detected, scientists believe.

If confirmed, the breakthrough would mark the first time a seismological tremor has been recorded on another planet.

Nasa’s robotic InSight probe recorded a faint rumble on April 6, nearly five months after it touched down on the surface of Mars.


On this day...

1792: La Marseillaise was composed by Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle.

1916: The Easter rebellion began in Dublin against British rule in Ireland. It ended on April 29.

1965: The Pennine Way - 250 miles from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm on the Scottish border - was officially opened.

1986: The Duchess of Windsor, the American widow of Edward, Duke of Windsor, died in Paris, aged 89.

1990: The Hubble Space Telescope was launched by the Space Shuttle Discovery.

2005: Snuppy becomes the world's first cloned dog.