Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Tuesday 25 Sep 2018

1. Cabinet agrees to ‘treat EU migrants the same’

Theresa May’s cabinet has agreed that EU migrants should not be given preferential immigration treatment to foreign workers from other parts of the world following Brexit, according to the BBC. The agreement in principle is in accordance with recommendations by the Migration Advisory Committee, and also has the backing of the Labour Party.

2. Labour to vote against May’s Brexit deal

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer will tell delegates at the Labour Party conference today that the opposition’s MPs are likely to be ordered to vote against the prime minister’s Chequers Brexit plan. Starmer is expected to claim that the Tory plans are yet to meet Labour’s six key tests for Brexit, despite a promise from May that they will do so.

3. British endurance cyclist Hall ‘killed instantly’

British endurance cyclist Mike Hall died “almost instantly” when he was struck by a car travelling at 62mph during a race last year, an inquest in Canberra, Australia, has heard. Hall, 35, was competing in the Pacific Wheel Race, described at the inquest as a “Hunger Games on wheels”, when he was hit by the vehicle.

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4. Instagram founders Systrom and Krieger quit

The founders of photo-sharing app Instagram are both leaving the firm. Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger created the app in 2010, after meeting at Stanford University. Two years later, it was bought by Facebook for $1bn (£760m). There have been reports of creative tension between Instagram and Facebook over the direction of the app, which now has more than one billion users.

5. New Zealand’s First Baby appears at UN

New Zealand’s delegation was graced by the presence of the country’s “First Baby” at the United Nations General Assembly in New York yesterday. Neve Te Aroha, now three months, was brought into the debating chamber by her mother, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. The baby girl sat with her father, Clarke Gayford, while Ardern made a speech.

6. Fraudsters steal £500m in banking scams

Scammers tricked British customers out of more than £500m in the first half of 2018 – and some of the stolen money was used to fund terrorism, according to a new report by banking industry group UK Finance. The bulk of the money was lost to “unauthorised fraud”, in which customers may not even be aware of transactions taking place in their accounts.

7. Trump’s Supreme Court favourite to fight allegations

Brett Kavanaugh, the ultra-conservative judge chosen by US President Donald Trump for a critical role in the country’s Supreme Court, has insisted he will fight two allegations against him of historical sexual misconduct. Kavanaugh said he is “not going anywhere”, during an interview attended by his wife on Fox News, the president’s favourite network.

8. Fifa players of year: Marta and Modric

Footballers Luka Modric of Croatia and Brazilian international Marta were given Fifa’s player of the year awards at a ceremony in London last night. Modric has led Real Madrid’s male team to another successful season, while Marta has excelled with US team Orlando Pride. This is the sixth time she has won best female player.

9. Damien Hirst accused of ruining Ilfracombe

Shopkeepers have accused the world’s richest artist of spoiling their Devon town by leaving several prime retail locations empty. Damien Hirst owns three empty properties next to his restaurant 11 The Quay in Ilfracombe. One was formerly a gallery selling his work but closed last year. The other two shops have been empty for years.

10. Briefing: Britain set for Indian summer?

The UK’s recent wet weather is due to give way to a heat wave that will leave Britain hotter than Greece, according to forecasters.

Storm Ali and Storm Branagh have battered Brits over the past week, but temperatures are expected to go soaring back up in the South, Midlands and Wales from midweek onwards.

Britain set for Indian summer?

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