Your morning briefing: What you should know for Wednesday, May 15
JC News|May. 15, 2019
PM threatened with fresh Brexit plan rejection
Theresa May has been threatened with fresh rejection of her Brexit Withdrawal Agreement when it comes back to the Commons.
MPs will again vote on the Prime Minister’s plans in the week beginning June 3, Downing Street announced yesterday.
DUP Westminster leader Nigel Dodds said it was "highly likely" the deal would be defeated again unless backstop changes are made.
And it is understood Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn would not support the bill unless a favourable cross-party agreement is reached.
Alabama’s state Senate has passed a bill to outlaw all abortions with the exception only of protecting the mother’s health.
The nation’s strictest abortion law was approved by the US state’s Republican-controlled Senate by 25 votes to six.
The bill now needs to be approved by Republican Governor Kay Ivey, generally a strong opponent of abortion.
She has so far withheld comment on whether she will sign it.
The Senate’s move is likely to face a legal challenge from the American Civil Liberties Union which have vowed to sue.
One of Claude Monet’s acclaimed “Haystack” paintings has fetched almost $111 million in a record-breaking sale at auction.
Mueles, which was painted by the French artist in 1890, went under the hammer at Sotheby’s New York.
It sold for 44 times the price raised when it last went up for auction in 1986.
Ariana Grande has become embroiled in a copyright battle over pictures of herself she posted on Instagram.
The pop star was accused of using two pictures she did not pay for on the social media site.
The posts were reported to have garnered 3 million likes before being deleted.
Robert Barbera, a professional photographer, claimed Grande never asked for permission to use two of his pictures.
Mr Barbera is seeking damages of up to $25,000 (£19,000) for each picture.
Iceland, Australia and San Marino are among the 10 countries through to the Eurovision Song Contest’s grand finale.
At total of 17 international acts took to the stage for the penultimate stage of the competition in Tel Aviv last night.
Greece, Belarus, Serbia, Cyprus, Estonia, the Czech Republic and Slovenia also made the final after impressing at the high-energy semi-finals.
1718: The first machine gun was patented by London lawyer James Puckle who, as a keen fisherman, intended to use it at sea.
1800: George III survived two assassination attempts in one day.
1858: The present Royal Opera House in Covent Garden (the third on the site) was opened.
1936: Amy Johnson arrived in England after a record-breaking 12-day, 15-hour flight from London to Cape Town and back.
1940: Nylon stockings went on sale in America. In the first eight hours, 72,000 pairs were sold in New York City alone.
1941: Britain's first jet-propelled aircraft, the Gloster-Whittle E28/39, flew for the first time.
1988: Soviet troops began leaving Afghanistan after eight years of occupation.
1991: Edith Cresson became the first woman prime minister of France.
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