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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Monday 16 Jun 2014

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

Islamic State
1. US PONDERS IRAN TALKS AS IRAQ CITY FALLS
Barack Obama may hold direct talks with Iran to discuss the possibility of military support to help Iraq fight the Islamist Isis militia. Meanwhile, the Iraqi army says pictures released yesterday showing its unarmed soldiers undergoing mass execution are genuine, and militants were today reported to have seized the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar.
Politics
2. BORIS JOHNSON: TONY BLAIR IS ‘UNHINGED’
The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has accused Tony Blair of being “unhinged” and advised him to “put a sock in it” after he said events in Syria, and not the 2003 US-UK invasion, had caused Iraq’s problems. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Johnson said Blair had “finally gone mad”.
3. KENYA: ‘ISLAMISTS’ KILL 47 IN COAST TOWN
Unidentified ‘Islamists’ have been blamed for a massacre in the Kenyan coastal town of Mpeketoni. A group of men yesterday attacked as locals watched a World Cup match, hijacking a van and using it to attack several locations, setting fire to hotels and a petrol station, before fleeing after gun battles.
4. RUSSIA HALTS GAS SUPPLIES TO UKRAINE
Russian energy giant Gazprom has cut off all gas supplies to Kiev, says Ukraine, after it failed to meet a 6am GMT deadline to pay its £1.15bn bill. Gazprom has been demanding that Ukraine pays for its gas in advance but Kiev has refused in protest at a recent 80% price hike. Supplies to the EU, which transit through Ukraine, will continue says Gazprom.
5. GOVE ALLY LAYS INTO 'SHAMBOLIC' CAMERON
A former special adviser to Education Secretary Michael Gove has claimed that David Cameron's Government is a "shambles". Dominic Cummings attacked the PM's senior aides describing one as a "sycophant presiding over a shambolic court" and told The Times that Cameron had "no sense of purpose", describing him as "a sphinx without a riddle".
Prince George
6. PHOTOS SHOW PRINCE GEORGE WALKING
Prince George, fast approaching his first birthday, has been pictured walking for the first time - at a polo match. Clarence House said the royal baby was enjoying an “impromptu family day out”, watching his father and uncle take part in the Jerudon Trophy at the Cirencester Park Polo Club.
7. RIK MAYALL SINGLE REACHED TOP TEN
A football ‘song’ adapted from Shakespeare, released by comic Rik Mayall four years ago, has reached the UK Top Ten after a campaign to get it to number one by fans saddened by his untimely death at the age of 56. In Noble England, Mayall recites a stirring speech adapted from the bard’s Henry V.
SCHUMACHER
8. SCHUMACHER MOVED TO SWISS HOSPITAL
Michael Schumacher has left the hospital in Grenoble where he has spent the last five-and-a-half months, and his family say he is no longer in a coma. The 45-year-old F1 champion has been transferred to Lausanne university hospital in Switzerland, say his family. He has been in hospital since a skiing accident in December last year.
9. CUSTOMERS TOLD TO STOP WASHING CHICKEN
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned people not to wash raw chicken because doing to actually increases the risk of spreading food poisoning. The agency says washing chicken spreads campylobacter, the most common food poisoning bug, onto hands, work surfaces, clothing and crockery.
Hot Ticket
10. HOT TICKET: FATHERS AND SONS AT DONMAR
Brian Friel's stage adaptation of Ivan Turgenev's Fathers and Sons has been revived at the Donmar Warehouse, London. A young university graduate returns to his father's country estate with a radical friend, stirring up tensions between the generations. "Outstanding," says the Daily Telegraph. Until 26 July.