A ceasefire is due to come into effect between Hamas and Israel in Gaza tonight, Hamas spokesman Ayman Taha has told the BBC. An Islamic Jihad source told AFP: "There will be a joint news conference between Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Egyptian mediators tonight to announce the truce." Earlier, Hamas said it executed seven people in Gaza for "collaborating" with Israelis.
GAZA CEASEFIRE TO BE ANNOUNCED
BROOKS CHARGED WITH PAYING OFFICIALS
Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International, and Andy Coulson, former spin doctor to David Cameron and one-time editor of the News of the World, are to be charged along with three others over alleged corrupt payments to public officials. The announcement was made today by the Crown Prosecution Service.
WELBY ON WOMEN BISHOPS: IT'S TIME
The next Archbishop of Canterbury has backed the introduction of women bishops, saying it is "time to finish the job" started 20 years ago by the ordination of women priests. Speaking at today's General Synod debate and vote about the issue, the Right Reverend Justin Welby said provisions for opponents would be "carried out faithfully".
UK RECOGNISES SYRIA OPPOSITION
The UK is to recognise the Syrian rebels as the "sole legitimate representative" of the Syrian people. Foreign Secretary WIlliam Hague told MPs that the Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces will be asked to appoint a representative to the UK government. Hague said the decision had been taken in consultation with other European nations.
UBS BANKER GETS SEVEN YEARS FOR FRAUD
UBS banker Kweku Adoboli has been sentenced to seven years in prison after being found guilty of two counts of fraud. The jury at Southwark Crown Court acquitted the 32-year-old of four charges of false accounting relating to his activities, which cost the Swiss bank £1.4bn. Judge Mr Justice Keith told Adoboli: "There is a strong streak of the gambler in you."
SALLY BERCOW NAMES TEEN ON TWITTER
Sally Bercow, wife of the Commons Speaker, last night put her Twitter account "on hold under legal advice" after breaking the law by naming the teenager, an alleged victim of child abduction, who ran away to France with a teacher. She is already among the Twitter users set to be sued by Lord McAlpine for repeating false accusations of paedophilia.
BECKHAM HANGS UP BOOTS AT LA GALAXY
David Beckham has confirmed that the MLS championship match against the Houston Dynamo on 1 December will be his last as a Los Angeles Galaxy player. He was coy about what happens next – but said he is seeking "one last challenge" as a footballer. "Seldom does an athlete redefine a sport," said Galaxy's grateful boss, Tim Leiweke.
MPS TO QUESTION USE OF DRONES
MPs are to open an inquiry into Britain's use of drones to kill militants, reports The Times, as the RAF doubles its fleet of Reaper drones in Afghanistan. MPs and peers could also hold a joint debate on the ethics of killing targets remotely, the paper claims, amid controversy over the issue of long-distance hits by the US and Britain.
APES HAVE A MIDLIFE CRISIS TOO
Apes have midlife crises just like the humans, according to research published today. Scientists studied 500 captive apes to establish that they followed the same 'U' shape of happiness level, with least happiness in midlife, which showed that a mid-life crisis cannot be blamed on the "paraphernalia of modern life".
HOT TICKET: RYLANCE AND FRY HIT WEST END
The Globe theatre double bill - Twelfth Night and Richard III - has transferred to the Apollo Theatre in London's West End. Mark Rylance stars in both, while Stephen Fry plays Olivia's pompous steward Malvolio in the all-male comedy Twelfth Night. "Sublime" says The Daily Telegraph. Until 10 February.