News Daily: Royal wedding plans and Bali volcano alert

Hello. Here's your morning briefing:

Image copyright Getty Images

Royal wedding: Will we get a date?

It happened as they made roast chicken at Kensington Palace. Prince Harry proposed and his girlfriend, the US actress Meghan Markle, accepted. That having been announced on Monday, we're expecting some more details of the wedding itself later today.

Will that include a date? It's going to happen in the spring, but April is thought unlikely, as that's when the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her third child. We do know that it will be a church service, but Downing Street says there are no plans to make the couple's wedding day a bank holiday.

Ahead of further announcements, to get you in the mood for the festivities, here's a quiz to test your knowledge of royal weddings through the ages. Also, who might be in line to design the dress? Catch up with the couple's full interview. And, finally, who was the other American in Prince Harry's family?

Hunt: NHS must do better on baby deaths

It's estimated that, in England, 1,000 babies unexpectedly die or are left with severe brain injuries during childbirth each year - that's about one in 700. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said the NHS must do better at learning from its mistakes, in order to reduce that number. All unexpected cases of death or serious harm will now be independently investigated, he added. The Royal College of Midwives welcomed the announcement but said more staff were needed.

Get news from the BBC in your inbox, each weekday morning

Bali volcano closes airport for second day

The people of Bali continue to wait to see how bad the eruption of Mount Agung will get. The volcano is spewing ash in plumes up to two miles (3km) high. The Indonesian island's international airport has been shut for a second day, with the transportation ministry estimating that 59,000 tourists are stranded.

Do people caught in a terror scare 'panic'?

By Stephen Reicher and John Drury, Universities of St Andrews and Sussex

Video footage of what happened in London's Oxford Street last week does show people running, and many look scared and upset. But their behaviour is largely proportionate. They are mainly in small groups and they are often helping those who are slowest.

Read the full article

What the papers say

Hmmmm - what could possibly be on most front pages today? Every main national newspaper except the Financial Times shows Prince Harry and fiancee Meghan Markle smiling as they speak about their engagement. "One's one" jokes Metro in its headline, while the Daily Express's is "Look of love", as the couple gaze into each other's eyes. The i calls it a "royal wedding like no other", saying Ms Markle will become the first mixed-race member of the Royal Family. Meanwhile, the Times reports that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has started a purge of centrist local councillors in favour of left-wing candidates.

Daily digest

Social mobility map What are the worst places to grow up poor?

Brexit Row over documents on economic impact isn't going away

Terror arrest Man held in Melbourne over alleged New Year's Eve shooting plot

Irish political crisis Leaders hold talks to avoid snap election

Scarlet fever Cases of disease hit a 50-year high

Red kite Bird of prey still at risk of poisoning, study finds

Counter revolution Will a "bank in a box" mean an end to high-street branches?

If you watch one thing today

The opioid crisis is ruining my marriage

If you listen to one thing today

Finland at 100

If you read one thing today

The League of Gentlemen returns

Look ahead

Today Pope Francis continues his tour of Myanmar, amid concern over the crisis affecting the Rohingya people.

This morning The European Commission's Article 29 Working Party - which looks at data-protection issues - opens a two-day meeting to discuss Uber. This comes after the company admitted a breach had exposed data from about 57 million customer and driver accounts.

On this day

1994 Norway votes for a second time against joining the European Union.

From elsewhere

Living off a glacier in Peru, while it lasts (New York Times)

Australian city 'a river of fire' (New Zealand Herald)

The alien voice hoax that became a legend (Independent)

The reasons why you can't stop eating salted caramel (Daily Mail)

Related Topics