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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Thursday 26 Jun 2014

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

Savile abuse
1. SAVILE ABUSED NHS PATIENTS AND THE DEAD
Disgraced entertainer Jimmy Savile sexually assaulted patients aged between five and 75 in 28 NHS hospitals over a period of almost 50 years according to a new report. He is accused of abusing 60 people, sometimes in their beds, and the BBC broadcaster even boasted of sex acts with the dead in the morgue at Leeds General Infirmary.
World Cup 2014
2. LUIS SUAREZ BANNED FOR FOUR MONTHS
Luis Suarez has been banned from all football for four months for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup earlier this week. The Uruguay striker has also been banned for nine internaitonal matches, which rules him out of the rest of the tournament. The Liverpool striker has been fined £66,000 and cannot enter any stadium during his ban.
House prices
3. BANK ACTS TO PREVENT HOUSING BUBBLE
The Bank of England has proposed a cap on the size of home loans in an attempt to avert a housing bubble. The plan, unveiled by governor Mark Carney would cap at 15% the number of mortgages that banks and building societies can give to people who want to borrow more than 4.5 times their income. Affordability checks for applicants would also be tightened.
Flight MH370
4. MH370: NEW SEARCH AREA ANNOUNCED
Australian authorities have announced they are shifting the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which was last seen on 8 March with 239 passengers on board. After further analysis of satellite data, the decision has been made to look at an area 1,100 miles off the west coast of Australia.
5. UK POPULATION RISES TO MORE THAN 63M
The population of the UK grew by 400,000 last year. The Office for National Statistics estimates that there were 64.1 million people in the UK in June 2013, a rise of 0.63% on the previous year. It represents the biggest growth of any EU country. There were 212,100 more births than deaths, and there was a net inflow of 183,400 immigrants.
Business
6. BARCLAYS FACES US FRAUD ALLEGATIONS
The New York attorney general has filed a fraud lawsuit against Barclays, over the bank’s ‘dark pool’ trading operations which allow clients to trade shares while keeping prices private. Prosecutors allege the bank falsified documents and misrepresented its trading systems to investors.
EU Reform
7. CAMERON’S BID TO BLOCK JUNCKER TO FAIL
David Cameron’s campaign to stop Jean-Claude Juncker from becoming the next EC president looks certain to fail after the PM’s allies deserted him. Both the Netherlands and Sweden have now said they will back Juncker. Cameron believes he will not back reform of the EU and favours closer political union.
UK News
8. ROYALS ‘COST TAX-PAYERS 56 PENCE EACH’
The royal family last year cost the British taxpayer 56p per person, according to royal aides, with the total ‘sovereign grant’ reaching £36.1m. The figure is expected to reach £40m next year, with one third spent on building maintenance. The grant is calculated as a percentage of profits from the Crown Estate.
9. FAECAL STUDY SHOWS NEANDERTHALS ATE VEG
Analysis of the oldest human faeces yet discovered has given weight to the belief that Neanderthals ate vegetables, contradicting earlier views which suggested they were carnivores. Traces of both meat and plants were found in the fossil stools, discovered near a 50,000-year-old campfire near Alicante in Spain.
Hot Ticket
10. HOT TICKET: PETER BROOK AT YOUNG VIC
Peter Brook 's new show In the Valley of Astonishment has opened at the Young Vic, London. The legendary director stages stories of people with mental anomalies, from an extraordinary memory, to the ability to see music in colour. "Spellbinding," says the Daily Telegraph. Until 12 July.