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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Saturday 15 Sep 2012

The Week’s super-quick catch-up on the main news talking points, available from 8am daily

1. MARINES DIE IN HARRY BASE ATTACK
Prince Harry was present at the Allied military base that was attacked in Afghanistan last night. Two marines were killed and several were injured when the perimeter of Camp Bastion came under attack from small arms, rockets and mortars. A Nato spokesman has told Reuters that the prince was "never in any danger".
2. MILIBAND CALLS FOR 'HUMANE' CAPITALISM
Ed Miliband has paid tribute to the "creativity" of capitalism. Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, the Labour leader said he will not "pass moral judgment" on those who become wealthy, adding that it is good to be rich "if you make it the hard way". He called for wealth creation to be made “more decent” and “humane”.
3. ITALIAN MAG PLANS KATE PHOTO SPECIAL
An Italian gossip magazine has announced that it plans to publish further photographs of Kate Middleton sunbathing topless. Announcing the 26-page photo feature, the editor of Chi magazine said: "This is a deserving topic because it shows in a completely natural way the daily life of a very famous, young and modern couple in love".
4. HILLSBOROUGH RELATIVES' NEW DILEMMA
Relatives of those killed in the Hillsborough disaster are to be given the opportunity to learn whether their loved ones could have survived if the emergency services had responded better. Families learned this week that up to 41 of the 96 who died might have survived if the emergency services had responded differently.
5. ROMNEY CALLS OBAMA A LIAR
Mitt Romney has landed a pre-emptive strike on Barack Obama ahead of the presidential election debates next month by suggesting the President is a liar. “I think the challenge that I’ll have in the debate is that the President tends to, how shall I say it, to say things that aren’t true,” he said during an interview on Good Morning America.
6. TRADER 'NEARLY DESTROYED BANK'
A city trader caused "chaos and disaster" when he lost £1.4bn of his firm's money and was “was a gamble or two away from destroying Switzerland’s largest bank”, a court heard yesterday. Kweku Adoboli, who denies two counts of fraud and two counts of false accounting, was working for UBS when the alleged offences occurred.
7. ARCTIC ICE SHRINKS TO RECORD LOW
Arctic sea ice has shrunk to the to the smallest extent since records began, raising fears that climate change is accelerating. Satellite images show the area of frozen sea has been reduced to less than 3.5 million square kilometres this week. Scientists estimate that the Arctic Ocean could be ice-free in the summer within 20 years, risking significant environmental consequences.
8. GAMBIAN DESPOT SETS DEATH ROW DEADLINE
African despot President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia has set a deadline of Saturday for every prisoner on death row to be executed by a firing squad. Mr Jammeh, who believes in witchcraft and claims to have created an infallible herbal cure for Aids, made his announcement during the Muslim festival of Eid, which is traditionally a time of gestures of mercy.
9. CHARITY TO LAUNCH 'TROLL HUNTING' BID
A British cyber-bullying charity is to offer a "troll hunting" service for people being harassed online. The Cybersmile Foundation will create a team of secret investigators, including forensic analysts, who will track down the perpetrators and hand the evidence to internet service providers and social network corporations.
10. FERGUSON: LET'S STOP VILE CHANTS
Alex Ferguson has called on fans of Manchester United and Liverpool to stop trading chants about the Hillsborough and Munich air disasters. In the wake of the Hillsborough inquiry panel's report, he said: “Both clubs have suffered tremendous fatalities through football and you would hope that this is the line in the sand in terms of how supporters behave towards one another.