Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Monday 24 Mar 2014

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

Flight MH370
1. MH370 'ENDED IN INDIAN OCEAN - NO SURVIVORS'
The prime minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak, has announced "with great sadness" that new evidence shows missing flight MH370 "ended in the southern Indian Ocean". The conclusion is based on new radar analysis, rather than sightings of debris in the sea. Relatives have been told by the airline that "none of those on board survived".
Ukraine
2. UKRAINE WITHDRAWS TROOPS FROM CRIMEA
Ukraine's acting president Olexander Turchynov has orderd his country's armed forces to withdraw from Crimea. The decision had been taken because of the "pressure and aggression of the Russian army's occupying forces", he said. Every military base on the Crimean peninsula is now said to be under Russian control.
Oscar Pistorius
3. STEENKAMP WAS 'SCARED' OF PISTORIUS
The trial of Oscar Pistorius, accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, has heard that she sent him a text message saying: "I'm scared of you sometimes," weeks before he shot her dead. Messages retrieved from his phone showed Steenkamp was upset by his "jealous tantrums" and felt "picked on". Pistorius sobbed as the texts were read out.
Eygpt
4. 500 SENTENCED TO DEATH IN EGYPT
A judge in Egypt has sentenced 528 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death over the killing of a single police officer during unrest after the Egyptian army deposed President Mohammed Morsi in 2013. The hearing, in which 16 defendants were acquitted, lasted just two court sessions. Another 683 Brotherhood supporters will be tried on Tuesday.
5. NHS FRAUD ‘COSTS £7BN A YEAR’ CLAIM
A new report says fraud in the NHS is 20 times worse than the government admits, costing up to £5bn a year, with a further £2bn going to waste in accounting errors. Examples of fraud include consultants working privately in NHS time, or an optician charging for a pair of glasses he never ordered.
6. TEEN CHARGED WITH HACKNEY MURDER
A 15-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of "bubbly" Shereka Fab-Ann Marsh, the 15-year-old who died after being shot in the neck at a birthday party in Hackney, east London, on Saturday afternoon. Detectives found a gun inside the house and arrested two 16-year-olds who have since been released without charge.
7. THOUSANDS LINE CROW FUNERAL ROUTE
Thousands of people in London lined the funeral procession of the late Rail, Maritime and Transport union leader, Bob Crow, who died on 11 March of a suspected heart attack. Hundreds of union banners were displayed along the route as his coffin was taken to City of London Cemetery and Crematorium by horse-drawn carriage.
Syria
8. TURKEY SHOOTS DOWN SYRIA JET
Turkey has shot down a Syrian MIG-23 fighter jet it said entered Turkish airspace despite repeated warning to stay away, six months after shooting down a Syrian helicopter in the same area. The Syrian regime accused Turkey of “blatant aggression” and said the plane was fighting rebels within Syrian airspace.
Business
9. CO-OP BANK NEEDS £400M IN CAPITAL
The Co-operative Bank has announced it needs to raise a further £400m from its shareholders to cover costs related to past errors including mis-selling of PPI and lapses in mortgage provision. Commentators are asking why the financial hole did not come to light last year when the bank narrowly escaped collapse.
Hot Ticket
10. HOT TICKET: CHEWING GUM DREAMS AT NT
One-woman show Chewing Gum Dreams has opened at The Shed, National Theatre. Writer-performer Michaela Coel's portrait of inner-city teens focuses on a tough-talking schoolgirl tackling the trials of sex, race, friendship and an unpromising future. "Devilishly funny," says the Financial Times. Until 5 April.