Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Wednesday 11 May 2011
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DAVID LAWS SUSPENDED FROM PARLIAMENT Former Lib Dem cabinet minister David Laws (above) has been suspended from the House of Commons for seven days and will have to apologise to Parliament for breaking rules on expenses. Laws resigned as chief secretary to the Treasury after just 17 days in the job last May after newspaper reports that he had claimed more than £40,000 in expenses to pay rent to his partner, James Lundie.
BIN LADEN SONS PROTEST 'ARBITRARY KILLING' The sons of Osama Bin Laden have criticised the US for carrying out the "arbitrary killing" of an unarmed man, and cast doubt on whether he is really dead, in a statement attributed to Omar Bin Laden, the fourth son, and released to the New York Times. The youngest son, Hamza, is reported to be on the run after escaping from the Abbottabad compound.
CLEGG: COALITION DOWN TO 'NECESSITY NOT CONVICTION' Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has marked the first anniversary of the coalition government with a speech in which he pledged that his party would be more "muscular" in government. He said the Lib Dems had joined forces with the Conservatives out of "necessity not conviction". An ITV News poll found confidence in the government at a low, and less than a third of voters thought it would last five years.
One year on - how long can the coalition survive?QATAR 'PAID MILLIONS FOR FIFA 2022 WORLD CUP' Qatar's success in securing the 2022 World Cup followed the payments of millions of dollars in bribes to figures connected with Fifa, according to new evidence given to a Commons select committee by the Sunday Times. Lord Triesman, who led England's failed bid to host the 2018 Cup, a Commons select committee that Fifa members asked for cash and even a knighthood to look favourably at England's bid.
Lord Triesman details Fifa corruption allegationsFootball scandal: the FIFA officials facing corruption allegations - picturesDUCHESS OF YORK ON ROYAL WEDDING 'SNUB' The Duchess of York (above) will tell Oprah Winfrey tonight that it was "so difficult" not being invited to the royal wedding. She had wanted to go "as a family", but "felt that I had been ostracised myself by my behaviour". The interview is aired a day after it emerged that William and Kate have finally gone on their honeymoon – to the Seychelles.
William and Kate on honeymoon in SeychellesLIVE AMMO FIRED IN OLYMPIC SECURITY DRILL Security forces used live ammunition during an anti-terror exercise at the London Olympic Village, it has been claimed. The shots were fired during a three-day drill involving police, emergency services, the MoD and SAS soldiers. According to the Sun the exercise was preparation for "dealing with an attack by terrorist gunmen intent on taking hostages".
VOLUNTEERS TO TAKE CLASS A DRUGS LIVE ON TV Channel 4 has unveiled a raft of new programmes including a science show called Drugs Live which looks at the effect of illegal drugs and alcohol on the body and will see volunteers take Class A drugs during a live broadcast. The station will also show Black Mirror, a comedy series written by Charlie Brooker, and Happy Families, its first commissioned animation.
LONELY PLANET WARNS BRITAIN IS 'OVERPRICED' The new Lonely Planet travel guide to the UK warns the millions expected for next year's Diamond Jubilee and Olympics that Britain is overpriced and overcrowded. "Britain ain't cheap", it says. In London, maybe the world's "greatest city", you're likely to pay £30 for an entrée that "tastes like it came from a can".
What Lonely Planet thinks of ‘over-priced’ BritainSUPER-INJUNCTIONS NEED REFORM, MINISTER AGREES The "crazy situation" of super-injunctions being mocked by social media such as Twitter is to be reviewed by ministers. Culture minister Jeremy Hunt said last night the gagging orders would be "reformed" by Parliament if possible. He said that it should be "Parliament, not judges, who draw the line on privacy law".
UGANDA DROPS ANTI-GAY LAW Plans for a law in Uganda that could have imposed life imprisonment on gay people appear to have been abandoned after the policy attracted worldwide condemnation. The legislation was due to be discussed by lawmakers on Wednesday, but was removed from the MPs' timetable. As parliament is about to be dissolved the bill appears to have been put on hold.