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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Sunday 30 Sep 2012

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Politics
1. MILIBAND THREATENS TO BREAK UP BANKS
Ed Miliband has warned that if banks to do not separate their retail and investment arms then the next Labour government will "break them up". As the party gathered in Manchester for its conference, Miliband vowed to tackle "the infection of retail banking by the culture of casino banking".
2. ROMNEY WIFE'S 'MENTAL WELL BEING' FEAR
Mitt Romney's wife says that if he were to become president she would fear for his mental and emotional health. "I think my biggest concern obviously would just be for his mental well-being," she said. Ann Romney said she has "all the confidence in the world" in her husband's ability, but she fears how he would cope with "the emotional part of it".
3. UNION VOWS TO SLAY NEW LABOUR
A union boss has promised to “kick the new Labour cuckoos out of our nest” and take the party back to its traditional roots. Speaking to The Sunday Times, Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite which has given Labour £6m in the past two years, called on Ed Miliband to “reject the siren voices” of the “Blairite dead”.
4. MINISTER ACCUSES EU OVER AID
Alan Duncan, the minister of state for aid, has accused the European Union of "squandering" Britain's aid budget on initiatives that are often unconnected to fighting poverty. Duncan told The Sunday Telegraph that Britain is "forced" to hand money to the EU and is powerless over what it is spent on. An unnamed senior Tory accused the EU of lying over how the money is spent.
5. RANTZEN FEARS TV COLLUDED WITH SAVILLE
Esther Rantzen says the television world "in some way colluded" with Jimmy Saville's alleged abuse of children. Speaking on a BBC documentary that will feature testimonies from four women who say Saville abused them as children, Rantzen will say people in broadcasting "blocked our ears" to "rumours" about Saville.
6. FACEBOOK 'TURNING YOUTH OFF DRUGS'
The rise of online social networking has led to a decline in drug use among young people, a leading drug charity has claimed. Less than one in five people aged 16 to 24 used an illegal drug in the past year, one of the lowest levels since records began. The chief executive of DrugScope says social networks mean youngsters "socialise in a different way".
7. ROWLING TOLD TO 'STEER CLEAR' OF VILLAGE
Author JK Rowling has been warned to "steer clear" of the Gloucestershire village which inspired the fictional setting for her new novel. Rowling spent her teenage years in Tutshill, which is said to be the inspiration for Pagford, The Casual Vacancy's setting. A Tutshill councillor said locals are "annoyed and distressed" by the novel's "derogatory" portrayal.
8. BURMA'S SUU KYI 'CAN BE PRESIDENT'
Burmese president Thein Sein says he would accept Aung San Suu Kyi as a future president if the public voted for her. Thein Sein, a former stalwart of Burma's military dictatorship, is overseeing dramatic reforms in the country's governance. He told the BBC "If the people accept [Suu Kyi], then I will have to accept her".
9. LATE RYDER FIGHTBACK GIVES EUROPE A CHANCE
A late comeback gave Europe a glimmer of hope going into the final day's play at the Ryder Cup. USA took five of the eight points on offer at Medinah on Saturday, and take a 10-6 lead into Sunday's play. Ian Poulter, who starred in the European fightback, said the late flurry was "unbelievable" and "crazy" following a "tough" day's play.
10. CHELSEA STAY TOP AS SPURS BEAT MAN UTD
Chelsea remain at the top of the Premier League after winning 2-1 at Arsenal. Tottenham ended a 23 year wait for a victory at Old Trafford with a 3-2 win against Manchester United. The dramatic tie included a flurry of three goals in three second-half minutes. Meanwhile, wins for Everton and Manchester City kept both sides in the top four.