Your morning briefing: What you should know for Wednesday, August 14

Sean Morrison


Nora's family tell of heartbreak after body found in jungle

Teenager Nora Quoirin’s family have described their “unbearable” heartbreak after she was found dead in a Malaysian jungle.

The body of the 15-year-old, who had special needs, was discovered close to from the jungle resort of Dusun yesterday.

It followed a huge operation to find her after she disappeared from the resort on August 4 while on holiday with her family.

In a statement this morning, the Irish teenager’s family said: "The cruelty of her being taken away is unbearable.”

“Our hearts are broken,” they added.


Bercow: I'll fight with every breath to stop parliament shutdown

John Bercow has insisted he will “fight with every breath” to prevent Boris Johnson from suspending parliament.

The House of Commons Speaker said he “strongly believes” the Commons “must have its way” and continue to debate Brexit.

The Prime Minister has pledged to take the UK out of the EU on October 31, with or without a deal.

MPs against No Deal are working to stop Mr Johnson from proroguing parliament to allow the UK to crash out of the bloc.


Hong Kong flights resume after violent clashes

Flights have resumed at Hong Kong’s airport after two days of disruption marked by violent clashes and protests.

The airport, one of the world’s busiest transport hubs, had closed check-in for remaining flights on Tuesday afternoon.

Demonstrators swarmed the terminal and blocked access to immigration for departing passengers.

About three dozen protesters remained camped in the airport's arrivals area this morning but check-in counters were open.

Flights appeared to be operating normally.


Cheese ad banned under new gender stereotyping rules

TV advert for Philadelphia cheese has become one of the first to be banned under new gender stereotyping rules.

The ad featured two dads leaving a baby on a buffet restaurant conveyor belt while they were distracted by food.

Viewers complained it perpetuated a harmful stereotype by suggesting men were incapable of caring for children.

Some 128 people referred the ad to the Advertising Standards Authority, which ruled that it breached its code.


Four Brits arrested as 766kg of MDMA seize in huge drugs bust

Four British men have been arrested as police seized £50.7 million worth of MDMA in a huge drugs bust.

The massive operation targeted a UK organised crime syndicate in New Zealand and Australia.

Queensland Police said its officers seized 766kg of MDMA powder, which was the highest purity ever recorded in the region.

It could have made up to 12 million pills, the force added.


Greta set for racing yacht trip across Atlantic for climate talks

Greta Thunberg is due to set sail from Plymouth to attend UN summits in New York and Chile on tackling global warming.

Teenage climate activist, 16, is making the trip across the Atlantic on a high-tech racing yacht.

Using this yacht she can attend the climate events without using planes or cruise ships which emit greenhouse gas emissions.

The Swedish teen’s "school strikes" have inspired a global protest movement by young people demanding action on climate change.


On this day...

1880: Cologne Cathedral was completed, having been started in 1248.

1893: The world's first car registration plates were introduced in France.

1908: The first international beauty contest in Britain was held at the Pier Hippodrome in Folkestone.

1945: Japan surrendered unconditionally to the Allies. VJ Day was officially celebrated on the following day, August 15.

1948: Don Bradman played his last innings at The Oval. After a standing ovation, he was bowled for a duck - blinded, it is said, by tears in his eyes.

1967: The Marine Broadcasting Act came into force after midnight, outlawing pop pirate radio stations broadcasting within British territorial waters.

1969: British troops were deployed in Northern Ireland to restore order.

1975: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the longest-running release in film history, opened at the USA Theatre in Westwood, Los Angeles, California.

1979: The longest lasting rainbow on record shone over North Wales from the coast of Gwynedd to Clwyd, remaining for more than three hours.

2010: Summer Youth Olympic Games - the first ever Youth Olympics, officially started in Singapore.

2013: Egypt declared a state of emergency after security forces killed hundreds of demonstrators supporting the former president Mohamed Morsi.