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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Tuesday 5 Apr 2011

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David Cameron in Pakistan

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CAMERON SEEKS TO REPAIR PAKISTAN RELATIONSDavid Cameron has landed in Pakistan for a visit intended to "repair the damage" done last year when he said during a visit to India that elements in Pakaistan should not be allowed to "promote the export of terror whether to India, whether to Afghanistan or to anywhere else in the world". In a speech in Islamabad today, the PM will seek a fresh start and  also seek improved trade links.

TWO ARRESTS IN NOTW HACKING INVESTIGATIONNews of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck and former news editor Ian Edmondson have been arrested on suspicion of phone hacking. The pair were held after voluntarily attending police stations in London. The arrests are the first since the Metropolitan Police repoened Operation Weeting - an inquiry into allegations that journalists at the paper had hacked into the phone messages of celebrities and public figures.

FOUR MORE RAF TORNADOS TO LIBYA Four more RAF Tornados are being sent to Italy to join the battle against Col Gaddafi's forces in Libya, joining the 18 already in action. David Cameron visited the Gioia del Colle base to announce the reinforcements as the US said it was withdrawing its aircraft to leave enforcement of the no-fly zone to Nato allies. 

MOUSSA KOUSSA GETS HIS MONEY BACKThe Obama administration has dropped financial sanctions against the former Libyan intelligence chief Moussa Koussa to give him access to his bank accounts, saying the move would encourage both further defections and Moussa to co-operate with his British handlers. Scottish prosecutors hope to question him over the 1988 Lockerbie bombing "in the next few days".

WAYNE ROONEY SUSPENDED FOR SWEARINGWayne Rooney has been suspended for two matches by the FA as punishment for using "offensive and/or abusive language" when he yelled "fuck" into a television camera at Saturday's game against West Ham. The suspension would ban him from the FA Cup semi-final match against Manchester City. Manchester United have until 6 pm today to appeal.
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9/11 'MASTERMIND' FACES GUANTANAMO BAY TRIALWashington has performed a U-turn and abandoned plans to put accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed on trial before a New York jury, where he would have faced the death penalty, announcing that he will instead face a military tribunal in Guantanamo Bay. Attorney General Eric Holder blamed Congressional opposition to bringing accused terrorists to trial on US soil for the about-face.

IVORY COAST: GBAGBO hiding in bunkerForces loyal to Alassane Ouattara have reportedly overrun the presidential compound in Abidjan, the main city of Ivory Coast. President Laurent Gbagbo is thought to be hiding in the bunker with his family and is negotiating the terms of his surrender. Gbagbo lost last year's presidential elections to Ouattara, but has refused to cede power, plunging the country into civil war.

MINISTERS PROMISE TO CURB THE OLD BOY NETWORKDeputy PM Nick Clegg and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith write in a joint article in the Daily Telegraph that they will end the "tacit" arrangement through which "having a word with the people that matter" gives the children of the rich an unfair advantage. The idea is part of the social mobility strategy the coalition government plans to launch today.

BRITAIN'S KENYA COVER-UP REVEALEDA High Court order has led to the discovery of 500 boxes of secret files on the bloody British colonial fight against the Kenyan Mau Mau rebellion between 1952 and 1960, held on 110 feet of shelves at the Foreign Office, reports the Times. The court has ordered the release of all evidence in response to an appeal from four elderly Mau Mau veterans who alleged "unspeakable acts of torture" by the British.

SIAN O'CALLAGHAN POLICE IDENTIFY REMAINSThe remains of a woman found buried at a farm in Gloucestershire have been identified by police investigating the murder of Sian O'Callaghan. They belong to Rebecca Godden-Edwards who had lost touch with her family and was last heard of in Swindon about eight years ago. She was reported missing in 2007 and was identified using DNA. Swindon taxi driver Christopher Halliwell was charged with murdering O'Callaghan last month.