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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Monday 7 Jul 2014

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

Child Abuse Inquiry
1. NSPCC CHIEF TO LEAD ABUSE REVIEW
Peter Wanless, the head of the children's charity NSPCC is to lead a review of historical child sex abuse allegations, Home Secretary Theresa May has announced. It comes after claims of a cover-up of abuse allegations relating to MPs in the 1980s. Prime Minister David Cameron backed the probe and vowed to leave "no stone unturned".
Tour de France
2. TOUR DE FRANCE REACHES LONDON
The third stage of the Tour de France - and the last to be held in the UK this year - was won by German rider Marcel Kittel who headed a late sprint to cross the line first in The Mall in central London. The 96km stage went from Cambridge to London. Organisers believe five million spectators turned out in Yorkshire to watch the first two stages of the race.
Oscar Pistorius
3. PISTORIUS LAWYERS SLAM VIDEO BROADCAST
Lawyers for Oscar Pistorius have criticised the “illegal” broadcast of a video by an Australia TV channel. The film is a re-enactment of the night Pistorius shot dead his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp made to help his defence, showing him running on his stumps with his fist clenched as if holding a gun.
4. OSBORNE AND HAGUE START INDIA VISIT
Chancellor George Osborne and foreign secretary William Hague are in India together for a two-day visit aimed at building economic links, including securing defence and infrastructure contracts for UK firms in India and attempting to attract Indian investment into the United Kingdom.
5. CAMBRIDGE SPIES ‘HOPELESS DRUNKS’
An archive of material stolen from the KGB by a defector who came to the UK in 1992, Vasili Mitrokhin, is being made public finally, and it shows the handlers of the infamous Cambridge Five spies - including Guy Burgess and Donald Duart Maclean - considered them to be unreliable drunks.
6. UKRAINE TO LAY SIEGE TO REBEL CITIES
Ukraine is to lay lay siege to rebel held cities of Luhansk and Donetsk in the east of the country after claiming to have re-taken another two cities in the east of the country from pro-Russian forces. Artemivsk and Druzhkivka were retaken after Kiev regained control of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk. There have been reports of crowds rallying in support of the rebels in Donetsk.
7. US IN HEATHROW GADGET WARNING
Passengers at Heathrow Airport have been told that all electronic gadgets carried in hand baggage on flights to the US must be fully charged. New advice states "if your device doesn't switch on, you won't be allowed to bring it onto the aircraft". The change is the result of a request from the US, which last week warned of a "credible" terror threat.
8. GEORGIAN LEADER SHEVARDNADZE DIES
Eduard Shevardnadze, the former president of Georgia, has died at the age of 86. Shevardnadze was foreign minister of the Soviet Union under Mikhail Gorbachev and helped bring an end to the Cold War. After the break-up of the Soviet Union he returned to his native Georgia and became leader in 1992. He was overthrown in 2003.
9. DOLLY PARTON: I’LL ADOPT FESTIVAL DOG
Country singer Dolly Parton, the hit of this year’s Glastonbury Festival, has offered to adopt an elderly white dog found abandoned in a tent at the music event. The lurcher, who has an ear infection, was nicknamed Dolly by workers who found her. Parton says she will take the animal to the US.
Theatre
10. HOT TICKET: MINERS' PLAY WONDERLAND
Beth Steel's new play Wonderland has opened at the Hampstead Theatre, London. Set during the 1984-85 miners' strike, it intercuts the stories of a group of Nottinghamshire miners with government figures plotting mine closures. "A black diamond in the rough," says the Times.Until 26 July.