Your morning briefing: What you should know for Wednesday, May 12

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Israel declares emergency in Lod amid rioting as conflict intensifies

Israel has declared a state of emergency in the city of Lod after rioting, as conflict between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants continued to intensify.

Cars were set alight and several people were reportedly injured in clashes that the mayor of the city, near Tel Aviv, likened to a civil war.

It comes after Palestinian militants fired 130 missiles at the city of Tel Aviv following an Israeli air strike on a tower block in the Gaza Strip.

Calls for calm have come from all over the world following the escalations, which follows days of unrest in Jerusalem.

Dua Lipa uses Brit Awards acceptance speech to call for NHS pay rise

Dua Lipa used her acceptance speech at the Brit Awards to urge Boris Johnson to give NHS workers a pay rise.

The singer picked up the female solo artist award and announced she would be sharing her trophy with Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, the emeritus professor of nursing at the University of West London.

She said Dame Elizabeth has said there is a “massive disparity between gratitude and respect for frontline workers”.

Lipa was the big winner at a female-dominated awards, securing both best female solo artist and the coveted best album award

Little Mix, Arlo Parks, Haim and Billie Eilish were also among the acts who took home gongs at the London venue last night.

Boy, 9, dies after being ‘struck by lighting’ in Blackpool

A nine-year-old boy has died after reportedly being “struck by lightning” during a football session.

The boy was hit shortly after 5pm yesterday at the Common Edge Road area of Blackpool while taking part in a private caching session.

Police officers and emergency services attended the scene, and the boy was taken to hospital. However, he died a short time later.

Rayner: people didn’t know what Starmer stood for before local elections

Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner has referred to her “very frank relationship” with Sir Keir Starmer amid claims he tried to sack her from the shadow cabinet after the party’s damaging election losses.

Ms Rayner claimed she was appointed to her new roles because she wanted to be more “front-facing” in the reshuffled top team, after she was stripped of her roles as party chairwoman and campaign co-ordinator over the weekend.

Amid accusations the Labour leader was trying to make Ms Rayner a scapegoat, it was announced late on Sunday she would be given a new role shadowing Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove.

She admitted that members of the public did not know what Sir Keir “stood for” before they went to the polls, as Labour looks to reconnect with voters after the party’s crushing defeat in the Hartlepool by-election.

Leicester hands Man City Premier League title with victory over United

Manchester City are Premier League champions once again after Manchester United’s defeat to Leicester City clinched the title for their rivals.

City missed out on the chance to win the title at the weekend as a home defeat to Chelsea, coupled with a United win at Aston Villa, ensured Pep Guardiola’s men would have to wait a little longer.

However, United’s hectic fixture schedule helped out City as a heavily rotated Red Devils side fell 2-1 at home to Leicester last night to hand the title to their ‘noisy neighbours’, as Sir Alex Ferguson famously called them.

Having already won the Carabao Cup this season, City will now turn their attentions to the Champions League Final on May 29 - against Chelsea - for the chance to complete the most successful campaign in the football club's history.

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