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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Tuesday 3 Dec 2013

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

Lee Rigby trial
1. LEE RIGBY: ACCUSED HAD LOOK OF ‘PURE EVIL’
A witness to the killing of soldier Lee Rigby has told the Old Bailey there was “pure evil” in the eyes of one of the two accused men. Cheralee Armstrong told the Old Bailey she thought at first Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, were trying to help Rigby after a car accident. She later begged them to stop.
Glasgow crash
2. LAST FOUR GLASGOW VICTIMS NAMED
The formal identification of victims of Friday’s Glasgow helicopter crash is over as police identify the last four who died when a police chopper dropped ‘like a stone’ into the Clutha Vaults pub. They were: Robert Jenkins, 61, Mark O'Prey, 44, Colin Gibson, 33, and John McGarrigle, 57. In total, nine people died.
3. MOBILE PHONE FIRMS AGREE THEFT CAP
Mobile phone operators EE, Three Virgin Media and Vodafone have agreed to a government scheme to cap unexpected bills caused when phones are stolen at £50. The deal will bring phones in line with credit/debit card theft measures. The firms also agreed to let customers leave contracts before the end if prices rise.
Theatre
4. BOLSHOI DANCER GUILTY OF ACID ATTACK
A Russian court has sentenced Bolshoi ballet soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko to six years in jail for organising an acid attack on the company's artistic director. Sulphuric acid was thrown at Bolshoi artistic director Sergei Filin, 43, outside his Moscow flat in January, badly damaging his eyesight.
Asia Pacific
5. BANGKOK: POLICE REMOVE BARRICADES
Thai police have eased tensions after days of protests by removing barricades and allowing some demonstrators into government and police headquarters. PM Yingluck Shinawatra said she is open to negotiations but calls for her elected government to be replaced with an unelected council are unconstitutional.
Business
6. RBS TO COMPENSATE CUSTOMERS FOR GLITCH
Royal Bank of Scotland is to offer compensation to customers left out of pocket after its systems crashed yesterday, one of the the busiest shopping days of the year. Customers of RBS subsidiary NatWest were also affected by the system meltdown which prevented bankcards from working and caused website problems.
Art
7. LAURE PROUVOST WINS TURNER PRIZE
Installation artist Laure Prouvost has beat the bookies’ favourites to win this years Turner Prize for her piece Wantee, which takes audiences in search of her fictional grandfather. She beat artist David Shrigley, painter Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and performance artist Tino Sehgal to the £25,000 prize in Londonderry.
8. ICELAND POLICE: WE REGRET FIRST KILLING
Police in Iceland have expressed their “regret” to the family of a man shot dead by an armed response team after he injured officers with a shotgun. It was the first time police have ever killed someone in Iceland. The 59-year-old lived in the east of the capital, Reykjavik. Officers are receiving counselling after the shooting.
9. CRASHED NYC TRAIN WAS OVER SPEED LIMIT
A train which crashed on Sunday in New York City was doing 82mph in a 30mph zone when it derailed, investigators say. The seven-carriage passenger Metro-North train from Poughkeepsie to Grand Central derailed on a curve at 7.20am New York time on Sunday, killing four passengers and injuring more than 60.
Theatre
10. HOT TICKET: FOOD CABARET GASTRONAUTS
A new cabaret-style show about food, Gastronauts, has opened at the Royal Court Theatre, London. Actors serve up a three-course meal with unconventional ingredients as music, drama and discussions about our relationship with food play out around diners. "Delightfully eccentric," says the Financial Times. Until 21 December.