Your morning briefing: What you should know for Wednesday, January 15

Sean Morrison


Meghan's father 'prepared to testify against her in court'

The Duchess of Sussex's father is reportedly prepared to testify against her in her legal battle with the Mail On Sunday.

High Court documents revealed Thomas Markle’s evidence forms part of the paper's defence.

This means that should the case go to trial, both Meghan and her father could be called to testify against one another.

The paper and its parent company Associated Newspapers are accused of unlawfully publishing a letter to Mr Markle from Meghan, who alleges misuse of private information, infringement of copyright and breach of data protection.

The Mail on Sunday will argue it was justified because there is a "huge and legitimate" public interest in the "personal relationships" of members of the royal family.


Trump slams rivals at rally as Democrats hold final showdown in Iowa

Donald Trump took aim at his rivals as he rallied supporters while Democrats held their final debate before primary voting begins.

The US leader appeared in Wisconsin just as Democrats took the stage in next-door in Iowa, which holds its kick-off caucuses in less than three weeks.

The president continued to defend his decision to order the drone strike that killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and said Democrats could not “protect our country”.

At the Democratic debate, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said he fears that Mr Trump's actions could be leading the US into a foreign policy quagmire of the highest level.


More severe weather to come after storm wreaks havoc

Forecasters have warned more powerful winds are on the way across the UK after stormy conditions wreaked havoc.

A period of wild weather brought severe gales to much of the country yesterday, causing the roof of an apartment block to crash into Slough High Street in Berkshire.

And severe conditions, after easing temporarily, are set to return with another spell of wind and rain hitting the UK tomorrow.


Plane dumps jet fuel on primary school playground

A plane has dumped jet fuel on a primary school playground as it prepared to land at Los Angeles International Airport.

Some 56 children and adults have been treated for skin and lung irritation but none were taken to hospital, officials said.

Delta Air Lines Flight 89 to Shanghai reported an engine problem only minutes after takeoff and was forced to turn back to LAX.

Before landing it dumped fuel in order to insure it reached a safe landing weight, the airline said.


Tottenham made to work for FA Cup win

Tottenham were made to work for their 2-1 FA cup win over Championship side Middlesbrough in the third-round replay last night.

Spurs were gifted a second-minute lead after Giovani lo Celso intercepted a pass from Boro goalkeeper Tomas Mejias to finish with a side-foot.

And Lamela doubled the north London side’s advantage after 15 minutes when he flicked the ball past Mejias after a fine run.

George Saville pulled one back late on for Boro as he fired low into the far corner past a despairing Gazzaniga – but it was only a consolation.

Tottenham will play at Southampton in the fourth round.


On this day...

1559: Queen Elizabeth I was crowned.

1759: The British Museum opened in London.

1867: Forty skaters died when the frozen lake in London's Regents Park gave way.

1880: The first telephone directory was published by the London Telephone Company.

1912: Italian aircraft dropped the first ever propaganda leaflets during the Italo-Turkish War. They offered a coin and a sack of cereal to every Arab in Tripolitania (Libya) who surrendered.

1912: The first sickness benefit (10 shillings per week), unemployment benefit (seven shillings) and maternity benefit (30 shillings) were introduced in Britain.

1963: The BBC ended its ban on mentioning politics, royalty, religion and sex in comedy shows.

1992: The European Commission recognised the independence of Croatia and Slovenia, signalling the end of Yugoslavia as one nation.

2009: Dozens of passengers had a "miraculous" escape as a US airliner plunged into the Hudson River in New York.