Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Monday 27 Jan 2014

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

Europe
1. UKRAINE: STATE OF EMERGENCY THREAT
The threat of a state of emergency being declared in Ukraine looks to have eased after anti-government protesters ended their occupation of the justice ministry in Kiev. The country's justice minister had warned she would ask for a state of emergency unless protesters left the building.
2. SNOWDEN: NSA INVOLVED IN ESPIONAGE
US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden has alleged the National Security Agency engaged in industrial espionage. In an interview with a German TV channel, the former NSA contractor said the agency would spy on big German companies that competed with US firms. Snowden also said he believes US officials want to kill him.
Music
3. DAFT PUNK TAKE TOP HONOURS AT GRAMMYS
The biggest winners at this years Grammy awards - the recording industry’s answer to the Oscars - were French dance duo Daft Punk, who collected five honours including album and record of the year wearing their trademark robot outfits. Sir Paul McCartney played at the event with former Beatle Ringo Starr.
weather
4. SURREY TORNADO ‘LIFTED CATS INTO AIR'
A mini-tornado which tore through the streets of Chobham, Surrey, on Saturday brought down trees, damaged houses and even lifted cats into the air, according to eyewitnesses. Around 13,000 households were left without power after the storm, which also hit Kent and Sussex - and 1,100 were still affected yesterday.
hacking trial
5. MIRROR MAN ADMITS PHONE HACKING
Dan Evans, a former journalist at the Sunday Mirror has pleaded guilty to phone hacking, the jury at the phone-hacking trial was told today. Evans, 37, the first journalist to be charged with phone hacking offences allegedly committed outside newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch, gave evidence at the Old Bailey today.
6. SYRIA PEACE TALKS ARE 'DEADLOCKED'
The Syrian peace talks in Geneva are deadlocked over the divisive issue of transferring power to a transitional government, sources say. The Syrian government team reportedly presented a "declaration of principles" that did not mention transfer of power, and it was rejected by the opposition. The sides cannot agree on the future role of President Bashar al-Assad.
Nigella Lawson
7. NIGELLA WON'T FACE DRUG PROSECUTION
Nigella Lawson will not be prosecuted despite telling a court she had used cocaine on several occasions. The Met announced today it would not be pursuing the matter because it was not in the public interest and a prosecution would be 'disproportionate'. It was also felt a prosecution might stop victims and witnesses being candid with police and courts.
Winter Olympics
8. UK WARNS SOCHI TERROR ATTACKS ‘LIKELY’
British officials believe further terrorist attacks in Russia before or during the Sochi winter Olympics are “very likely”, according to an internal document seen by the BBC. The biggest threat is said to come from Caucasus group Imarat Kavkaz (IK), though it says that group has no track record of attacking non-Russians.
Francois Hollande
9. TRIERWEILER ARRIVES IN INDIA AFTER SPLIT
Valerie Trieweiler has arrived in India for her first public appearance since her former partner, France’s president Francois Hollande, announced the couple had split up. She was greeted in Mumbai airport by a scrum of around 50 journalists but made no comment. Her visit is to promote a charity, Action Against Hunger.
Theatre
10. HOT TICKET: SAM MENDES' KING LEAR
Sam Mendes's new production of King Lear has opened at the National Theatre, London. Simon Russell Beale stars as Shakespeare's ageing, tyrannical king who suffers tragic consequences when he disinherits his honest daughter and gifts his kingdom to her devious sisters. "Exceptional," says The Guardian. Until 25 March.