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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Wednesday 2 Jul 2014

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

Health & Science
1. PM: ‘DARK AGES’ THREAT FROM BUGS
David Cameron has announced a review into why so few new anti-microbial drugs have been introduced in recent years, saying the rise of ‘superbugs’ resistant to antibiotics could mean a return to the “dark ages of medicine where treatable infections and injuries will kill once again”.
2. HOUSE PRICES ‘RISE ABOVE 2007 PEAK’
A survey by mortgage lender Nationwide has found that average house prices in the UK have topped their 2007 peak values. Prices have risen by 11.8% nationally in the past year, and by 26% in London. Taking London into account, national prices are now 1% above their pre-financial crisis peak.
Wimbledon 2014
3. ANDY MURRAY DUMPED OUT OF WIMBLEDON
Andy Murray is out of Wimbledon after a shock straight-sets defeat to Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter finals. The 23-year-old 11th seed demolished the defending champion 6-1, 7-6 (4-7), 6-2. Murray had appeared in scintillating form earlier in the week and had not lost a set going into the match. He joins Rafa Nadal, who was dumped out yesterday.
4. ISPS TAKE GCHQ TO COURT FOR SNOOPING
Seven internet service providers from around the world, and campaign group Privacy International, are taking legal action against the UK government's monitoring service, GCHQ, accusing it of using "malicious software" to access their networks. The move comes after the allegations of snooping made by US whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Europe
5. SARKOZY PLACED UNDER INVESTIGATION
Ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been formally placed under investigation by a judge in Paris after 15 hours of questioning over his alleged abuse of influence. Sarkozy is said to have asked a high court of appeal judge to keep him abreast of an investigation - and may have sought to influence the outcome.
Middle East
6. PALESTINIAN TEEN KILLED ‘IN REVENGE’
A Palestinian teenager has been found dead in east Jersualem after being bundled into the back of a car, days after the bodies of three Israeli teens were discovered. It is suspected that the incident may be a revenge attack. Meanwhile, Benjamin Netenyahu has vowed “consequences” for the three deaths.
UK News
7. MET POLICE DELETED DISCRIMINATION FINDINGS
An employment tribunal has ruled that the Met Police not only discriminated against a black firearms officer, Carol Howard, on the basis of sex and race but tried to hide the evidence, instructing an officer who had written a report on the discrimination to delete all references to race or gender from it.
8. MAN BENT CAR DOOR TO SAVE DRIVER IN FIRE
A National Guard officer in Minnesota said he was “not sure” how he had managed what firemen dubbed a feat of “superhuman strength” to save a driver from a burning car. Finding that the doors were locked, 52-year-old Bob Renning gripped the top of the door with his fingers and bent it in half.
People
9. MONTY PYTHON BACK ON LONDON STAGE
The five remaining members of the Monty Python sketch team performed a mix of greatest hits to rapturous applause at a sold-out O2 arena in London last night, their first show since 1980’s Hollywood Bowl. Old favourites included the parrot sketch, nudge-nudge wink-wink and the Lumberjack Song.
Hot Ticket
10. HOT TICKET: DENNIS HOPPER PHOTO SHOW
A new exhibition of photographs by the late Hollywood actor Dennis Hopper has opened at the Royal Academy, London. It features 400 vintage prints by Hopper of Sixties counter culture, street life and stars of art, fashion and music. "Superb," says the Evening Standard. Until 19 October.