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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Monday 22 Aug 2011

Graeme Swann

Our popular news catch-up service is posted Monday to Friday at 8.0am. You can rely on it to keep you up to date through the working day with the main news talking points. ENGLAND complete series whitewash against INDIAEngland have won the 3rd Test against India by an innings and eight runs, completing a 4-0 series whitewash. At 258-3, earlier this afternoon, the tourists looked like they might be able to hold out until the end of the day for a draw, but four wickets from Graeme Swann put paid to their hopes. GADDAFI SONS HELD AS REBELS OVERRUN TRIPOLILibyan rebel forces are fighting Colonel Gaddafi's forces around the dictator's compound in Tripoli. The National Transitional Council claims to have captured three of Gaddafi's sons, Saif al-Islam, wanted for war crimes, Saadi and Muhammad. Al Arabiya says Al-Saadi has also been captured. The possibility that Saif may be tried in Libya rather than The Hague has not been ruled out. The battle for Tripoli: it’s NOT over yet First reaction: Fall of Tripoli: if only US had been more forceful Three held, one fighting back - tale of four sons In pictures: Libyan rebels overrun Tripoli markets rebound on hopes of an end to libya warHopes of an end to the Libyan conflict helped markets recover today after last week's massive falls. This afternoon, the FTSE-100 was up almost two per cent, while the price of oil, which fell early today as investors priced in Libya's presumed resumption in oil exports, recovered later as investors appeared to become more optimistic about the economy. Oil prices fall as rebels enter Tripoli for first time STRAUSS-KAHN SEX ASSAULT CHARGES TO BE DROPPEDNafissatou Diallo, the hotel maid who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault, has been called in to see Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance today ahead of an expected announcement that all charges against the former IMF chief are to be dropped. Vance has apparently decided that Diallo lacks the credibility as a witness to prove the case. Manhattan DA 'to drop all chgarges against DSK' RED ARROWS GROUNDED AFTER PILOT DIESThe RAF's fleet of Hawk T1 training jets has been grounded for safety checks following the death of pilot Flt Lt Jon Egging, 33, at the Bournemouth Air Show on Saturday. There were reports that the crash may have been caused by birds, and that Egging had passed out while turning steeply to avoid village houses. SYRIANs protest as UN mission tours Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Syria today, shouting: "Gaddafi is gone, now it's your turn, Bashar!" The demonstrations come as a United Nations delegation tours the country. President Bashar al-Assad had ordered officials to clean up towns which have seen brutal crackdowns by security forces, but the Guardian reports that people have been approaching the UN mission and offering first-hand accounts of torture.    X FACTOR WITHOUT COWELL REACHES 10.5MSaturday's opening episode of The X Factor, the first series without founder Simon Cowell as a judge, scored an audience of 10.5 million, according to initial figures from ITV1. Last year's opening show achieved 11.1 million, the highest in the show's history. Cowell's seat has been filled by Take That member Gary Barlow. SEYCHELLES KILLER SHARK WAS A GREAT WHITEThe shark which killed British honeymooner Ian Redmond off a beach in the Seychelles earlier this month has been identified as a Great White, the most dangerous species. A triangular tooth with serrated edges was recovered from Redmond's body and identified by shark experts called in from South Africa. RIHANNA AND EMINEM CLOSE V FESTIVALSinger Rihanna and rapper Eminem brought the V Festival at Chelmsford, Essex to a close last night to the wild applause of 80,000 fans. Rihanna performed the penultimate set in hot pants and a denim top tied at the waist before taking to the stage once more to duet with headliner Eminem on a stage decorated as a car scrapyard. In pictures: V Festival 2011 JANE FONDA: 'TAKE TESTOSTERONE' FOR SEX AT 70Hollywood veteran Jane Fonda claims that the way for women to stay interested in sex at 70 is by taking testosterone - by "a gel, a pill, or a patch". She told the Sunday Telegraph that she discovered the male hormone made "a huge difference if you want to remain sexual", but she had given it up when she developed "adolescent acne".

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