Brekky Wrap: FIFA World Cup Begins, Tyrrell Search Continues And North Korea Nuclear Threat 'Over'

All the news you need to know this Thursday.

Football fever is taking over the globe ahead of the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The ceremony will be followed by the tournament's opening game between Russia and Saudi Arabia which will get underway at 1am AEST on Friday. The Socceroos are set to met with France in their first match of the tournament in Kazan on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Spanish coach Julen Lopetegui has been sacked just two days before Spain is due to play Portugal in Sochi. President of the Spanish Football Federation Luis Rubiales said he had little choice but to terminate Lopetegui's contract after it was revealed he negotiated a deal with Real Madrid behind their back. Director of football Fernando Hierro had been named as Lopetegui's replacement.

The United States, Canada and Mexico have won the right to host the 2026 World Cup over contender Morocco. The joint bid between the three nations offered a choice of 23 stadiums to host matches, including three each in Canada and Mexico, which will host 10 games between them. The U.S. will host 60 games and the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey is set to host the final.

The Socceroos training in Russia ahead of their clash with France. Image: Getty Images.

Police have found a toy during a search for new evidence for the disappearance of William Tyrrell. While it's too early to link any new evidence directly with the missing boy, a toy -- along with other evidence -- was collected by Police on Wednesday. The new forensic search for the boy in the Spider-Man suit commenced on Wednesday and will focus on bush land around Kendall in NSW and is expected to last four weeks.

William went missing in September 2014.

Donald Trump has declared the nuclear threat from North Korea is over. North Korean state media has praised their leader Kim Jong-Un for his role in opening a new chapter in relations with the U.S. It was also reported that Trump has accepted an invitation to visit Kim in Pyongyang. While Trump has received some criticism for the vague nature of his agreement with the North, he said that people can feel safer now than the day he took office and that everyone can "sleep well."

A 69-year-old man has been killed and a four-year-old boy seriously injured in a house fire in Perth. Fire crews arrived at the Thornlie home at about 6.15pm local time on Wednesday evening and the pair were rushed to hospital. The fire is now under control and an arson squad is set to investigate the cause of the blaze.

A Saudi-led alliance of Arab states has launched an attack on the major port city of Hodeidah in Yemen. The alliance is aiming to bring the ruling Houthi rebel movement to an end, but at the risk of worsening one of the world's biggest humanitarian crises. The port is the main entry point of international aid, including food. The United Nations says 22 million Yemenis are in need of humanitarian aid, with 8.4 million on the verge of famine.

Fashion brand Guess's co-founder Paul Marciano has stepped down after an investigation into allegations of sexual assault sparked by a complaint by model Kate Upton. Upton told Time Magazine earlier in 2018 that Marciano grabbed her breasts during a Guess photo shoot eight years ago. She also said he harassed her by showing up a hotels where she was staying. Marciano has denied the allegations.

A previously under-appreciated link between ice shelf collapse and the loss of sea ice has been identified by international researchers, led by Australians. Sea ice acts as an ice shelf's "protective buffer" where it dampens ocean swells before they can reach the ice shelf edge and damage it. When there is no sea ice, swells are able to erode the ice shelves, which are weakened by decades of flooding and bombardment. Learn why this happens and what it means for our planet here.

Ice calves off an ice shelf. Image: Ian Phillips

And Lisa Wilkinson writes for ten daily on Barnaby Joyce and privacy. It seems our former Deputy PM wants privacy, as long as it is his. She addresses Joyce's hypocrisy in saying that Vikki Campion should have privacy guaranteed by law, but women seeking an abortion in NSW shouldn't have this same right. Wilkinson looks at his spiralling political career and questions the effect on his two families. It's time to put a sock in it, Barnaby. Read more here.

Image: AAP.

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