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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Friday 1 Aug 2014

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

Gaza
1. CEASEFIRE COLLAPSES: IDF SOLDIER CAPTURED
A 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire between Hamas and Israil in Gaza collapsed within hours today. Israel says Hamas forces attacked its soldiers as they destroyed tunnels in the territory, and kidnapped one. Gaza officials said Israeli shelling resumed after the incident, killing dozens. Talks aimed at a long-term ceasefire in Egypt have been postponed.
Flight MH17
2. MH17 INVESTIGATORS FIND HUMAN REMAINS
Dutch and Australian air investigators have found human remains at the site where flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine last month. The discovery was made on the forensic team's first full day at the site after they spent several days waiting for access. Fighting between Ukraine government forces and pro-Russia rebels continues nearby.
Rolf Harris
3. ROLF HARRIS LAUNCHES APPEAL BID
Rolf Harris, jailed for five years and nine months for a string of sex offences, has applied for permission to appeal against his conviction. The entertainer's lawyers have lodged papers at the Court of Appeal and a judge will decide if there should be a full hearing. Earlier this week the Attorney General decided not to appeal for a longer sentence.
Health & Science
4. CHEMO ‘TO BE OBSOLETE IN 20 YEARS’
Chemotherapy will no longer be necessary in 20 years, say scientists launching a milestone project to find the genes responsible for cancer and rare diseases. Experts say that chemotherapy, with its devastating side-effects, will be replaced by sophisticated medicines that can fix individual faulty genes. The project aims to map the genomes of thousands of people.
5. UGANDA ANTI-GAY LAWS ANNULLED
A court in Uganda has overruled tough anti-gay laws brought into effect earlier this year, because there were not enough MPs in parliament when they were voted through. The laws allowed life imprisonment for "aggravated homosexuality" and banned the "promotion of homosexuality", but were declared "null and void" by the Constitutional Court.
Ebola
6. EBOLA SCARE AT COMMONWEALTH GAMES
A cyclist from Sierra Leone was quarantined and tested for Ebola at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, before being given the all-clear. "All the doctors were in special suits to treat me - they dressed like I had Ebola," Moses Sesay told the Daily Mirror. The WHO has warned that Ebola, which has killed 729 people in West Africa, is spreading too fast to be contained.
7. EASTBOURNE PIER FIRE WAS 'ARSON'
The fire that gutted parts of Eastbourne Pier earlier this week is thought to have been started deliberately and Sussex Police say that the investigation is "now focusing on that line of inquiry". The blaze on Wednesday destroyed about a third of 300m long structure. The government has pledged around £2m to help rebuild the Victorian landmark.
8. 30% OF TORIES WANT UKIP COALITION
Nearly a third of Conservative voters would prefer the party to form a coalition with Ukip rather than any other, according to a poll. Some 30% of Tory voters would support a coalition with Nigel Farage’s party. A similar number, 31%, would like to see their party maintaining its coalition with the Liberal Democrats in the event of a hung parliament next year.
9. KILLERS TOP CONFUSING LYRIC POLL
The Killers and The Beatles have claimed the top two places in a chart of confusing song lyrics. The Killers' lyric "are we human, or are we dancer" was voted the most confounding line in pop, with the Fab Four’s I am the Walrus, in which John Lennon sings "I am the eggman, they are the eggmen, I am the Walrus, goo goo g'joob", in second place.
Hot Ticket
10. HOT TICKET: HIDE YOUR SMILING FACES
American indie drama, Hide Your Smiling Faces, opens in UK cinemas today. In Daniel Patrick Carbone's debut feature two young brothers are forced to face their anxieties about life and death when their friend dies in mysterious circumstances. "Lyrical," says the Wall Street Journal.