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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Saturday 30 Nov 2019

1

London Bridge attacker had been convicted of terrorism

The man named by police as being the perpetrator of Friday's stabbing attack at London Bridge is a former prisoner convicted of terrorism offences. Usman Khan, 28, was out of prison on licence at the time of the attack, in which a man and a woman were killed and three others were injured. The Guardian says he had previously been jailed for an “al-Qaida inspired bomb plot”.

2

NHS will ration key treatments including x-rays and scans

The NHS plans to ration some treatment, meaning millions of patients will be prevented from having an X-ray on their sore back, hernia repair surgery or a scan of their knee to detect arthritis. As part of a drive to save money, a list of 34 diagnostic tests and treatments will only be offered in exceptional circumstances.

3

Commuters face a 2.7% rail ticket rise from January

Millions of commuters will have to pay an average of 2.7% more for rail tickets from January. Although the hike is lower than the 3.1% increase at the start of this year, commuters still face an annual increase of more than £100. The watchdog Transport Focus said a majority of rail users did not feel they were getting value for money.

4

Boris Johnson hopes Trump will not endorse him next week

Boris Johnson will minimise public appearances with President Trump next week as Tory chiefs fear that the president’s visit to the UK could damage the Tories’ election prospects. The prime minister says he also hopes that Trump will not endorse him, saying yesterday it was “best... for neither side to be involved in the other's election campaigns”.

5

Apple to take a fresh look at borders after Ukraine row

Apple says it will take “a deeper look” at how it portrays disputed borders after Ukraine criticised the company for showing Crimea as part of Russia's territory on its Maps and Weather apps. Moscow’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 was widely condemned in the international community. Ukrainian foreign minister Vadym Prystaiko tweeted: “Apple, please stick to hi-tech and entertainment.”

6

Suriname court convicts the president of 15 murders

A court in Suriname has convicted the president of murder for the execution of 15 opponents in 1982. Desi Bouterse has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Opposition figures have called for the resignation of Bouterse, who was in China on an official visit when the sentence was handed down yesterday. He will have two weeks to appeal against the conviction.

7

Man, 80, jailed for manslaughter of his wife

An 80-year-old man has been jailed for more than three years for the manslaughter of his Alzheimer's suffering wife who had started to “shout and throw cups at him”. Frank and Mavis Long had been happily married for 57 years when the defendant killed his wife following an early morning argument at their property in west Wales.

8

Three children injured in stabbing in the Hague

Three children have been hurt in a stabbing in the Hague's main shopping street. Police have begun a manhunt for a man aged about 45-50 years old, who is believed to be of North African descent and was wearing a black jacket and grey tracksuit. The acting mayor of the Hague, Boudewijn Revis, said she was horrified by the attack, which is being treated as a terrorist incident.

9

Republican says his colleagues are ‘disgusted’ by Trump

A former Republican congressman says some of his former colleagues in the House of Representatives have privately told him they are “absolutely disgusted and exhausted” by President Trump’s behaviour. Charlie Dent said that though the Republicans are standing with the President because of pressure from the base, “they resent being put in this position all the time”.

10

Brazil's president blames forest fires on Leonardo DiCaprio

The president of Brazil has wrongly accused Leonardo DiCaprio of funding the deliberate incineration of the Amazon rainforest. The populist Jair Bolsonaro told supporters: “This Leonardo DiCaprio’s a cool guy, isn’t he? Giving money for the Amazon to be torched.” Online wags have since jokingly blamed Harrison Ford for Brazil’s complex bureaucracy while the blame for the government debt has been laid at the door of Adam Sandler.

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