Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Thursday 10 Apr 2014

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

Oscar Pistorius
1. PISTORIUS: CROSS-EXAMINATION CONTINUES
Oscar Pistorius has endured another day of ferocious cross-examination at his trial in Pretoria. The Paralympian, who is accused to murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp has been grilled by prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who questioned Pistorius's version of events on the night Steenkamp was shot dead and told him to "take responsibility" for the killing.
2. MH370: SEARCH AREA EVEN NARROWER
Fourteen planes and 13 ships have been combing an even narrower search area in the southern Indian Ocean, hoping to locate the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. The newly-focused hunt will cover 22,364 sq miles, the smallest area yet. Yesterday the search leader said he was "optimistic" and more signals, possibly from the plane's black boxes, have been picked up.
Business
3. MYNERS QUITS BOARD OF STRUGGLING CO-OP
Former City minister Lord Myners has quit the board of the Co-operative Group before his report into its corporate structure was completed. He leaves in the wake of a power struggle with traditionalists objecting to his proposal to streamline the way the group is run in an attempt to make it more governable.
Technology
4. HEARTBLEED: DON'T CHANGE PASSWORDS YET
Online security experts have warned internet users not to change their passwords immediately in the wake of the Heartbleed bug, a security breach that has put the privacy of millions at risk. Changing passwords before sites have had a chance to rectify the problem could, in fact, expose data to even greater risks.
5. FORMER MP CLEARED OF SEX CHARGES
Nigel Evans, the former Conservative MP and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons has been found not guilty of sex abuse by a jury at Preston Crown Court after a five-week trial. The 56-year-old denied charges of rape, indecent assault, sexual assault and an attempted sexual assault against seven young men between 2003 and 2013.
6. TAMIFLU IS ‘A WASTE OF MILLIONS OF POUNDS’
The UK has wasted millions on stockpiling an anti-flu drug which is no more effective than paracetamol, according to a new report by the NGO Cochrane Collaboration, which fought to obtain data on trials from major pharma firms. The UK has spent £473m on Tamiflu since fears of a bird flu pandemic.
7. PUTIN WARNS UKRAINE AND ISSUES GAS THREAT
Vladimir Putin has warned Ukraine not to do anything which cannot "be fixed later" ahead of talks with Russia, the EU and the US next week. Ukraine’s leaders said they would "resolve" a crisis in the east of the country where pro-Russian groups have taken over government buildings. Putin also appeared to threaten to cut off gas supplies to Europe
8. STUDENTS WILL BE PAYING LOANS IN FIFTIES
Most current students will still be paying back their loans in their 40s and 50s, new research shows, while many will never clear their debt at all. A study by the Sutton Trust says almost three quarters of graduates of English institutions will have at least part of their loans written off. The average debt will be £44,000.
9. ONS ADMITS IT MISSED 350,000 MIGRANTS
The Office of National Statistics has admitted in underestimated the number of migrants coming into the country by almost 350,000 between 2001 and 2011. Previous figures, based on the International Passenger Survey, failed to include hundreds of thousands of citizens from Eastern European nations that joined the EU in 2004, an ONS review discovered.
Theatre
10. HOT TICKET: LET THE RIGHT ONE IN ENCORE
The Scottish stage adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist's cult Swedish vampire fable Let the Right One In has transferred to the Apollo Theatre, West End. A lonely boy must pay a terrible price for love when he falls for the eerie girl next door. “Spellbinding,” says the Financial Times. Until 27 September.