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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Thursday 30 Jan 2014

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

1. AMANDA KNOX: GUILTY VERDICT RE-INSTALLED
A court in Florence has re-installed the guilty verdicts against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher. The jury took 11 hours to reach its verdict. Knox was sentenced to 28.5 years in jail - more than her original sentence - and Sollecito was given a 25-year term. The judge also applied a travel ban to the 30-year-old Italian and ordered him to surrender his passport.
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2. TERROR SUSPECTS TO LOSE UK CITIZENSHIP
Home secretary Theresa May has added a last-minute amendment to the immigration bill, allowing her to strip terror suspects of their British citizenship, even if it leaves them stateless. The provision would affect naturalised citizens - not those born in the UK - whose conduct is deemed “seriously prejudicial”.
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3. RIGBY KILLER TO APPEAL CONVICTION
One of the two men found guilty of murdering soldier Lee Rigby wants to appeal against his conviction, it has emerged. The bid by Michael Adebolajo, 29, at the Court of Appeal comes a month after his conviction at the Old Bailey with co-defendant Michael Adebowale, 22.
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4. ARMY TO HELP IN FLOODED SOMERSET
Environment secretary Owen Paterson has said the army may be called upon to provide help to parts of Somerset which have been flooded for more than a month. He said the MoD was in talks about deploying “specialist vehicles”. About 11,500 hectares of the Somerset Levels are flooded by 65m cubic metres of water.
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5. BIEBER CHARGED WTH ASSAULTING DRIVER
Pop star Justin Bieber handed himself in at a Toronto police station yesterday to be charged with assaulting a limousine driver, just one week after he was arrested in Florida for drink-driving. Bieber’s lawyer said he was innocent of the assault which took place after a disagreement between the driver and passengers.
6. COMIC JIM DAVIDSON WINS BIG BROTHER
Veteran comedian Jim Davidson has won Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother, beating rapper Dappy, of N-Dubz, in the final vote. Speaking afterwards, he said he was due to appear in last year’s programme but was arrested the day before, to face historic sex crime charges - all of which have now been dropped.
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7. LORDS BACKS BAN ON SMOKING IN CARS
The House of Lords yesterday upheld a Labour amendment which bans smoking in cars carrying children, despite government opposition and claims from pro-smoking groups that the ban will be impossible to enforce. Ministers had objected to the measure as a “blunt instrument” and said education would be better.
8. UKRAINE PASSES DEAL ON PROTEST AMNESTY
The Ukrainian parliament has passed a deal proposed unexpectedly by president Viktor Yanukovych which extends an amnesty to protesters occupying buildings in cities across the country - if they end their protests and go home. Protesters on the street in Kiev said they had no intention of doing so, however.
9. US: HEROIN SOLD IN MCDONALD'S MEALS
A worker in an American branch of McDonald's has been arrested and charged with selling heroin over the drive-thru counter, hidden inside Happy Meal boxes. Twenty-six-year-old Shantia Dennis was arrested on Wednesday after undercover agents bought the drug from her at the restaurant in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
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10. HOT TICKET: CLASSIC SPANISH DRAMA
A revival of Lope de Vega's tragedy Punishment Without Revenge has transferred to the Arcola, London as part of a season of Spanish Golden Age plays. A womanising duke discovers his young bride has fallen for his illegitimate son. "A darkly polished treat," says Time Out. Until 14 March.