Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Wednesday 11 Apr 2012
INDONESIA TSUNAMI ALERT CANCELLED
A tsunami alert issued for the entire Indian Ocean region after two earthquakes struck under the sea off Indonesia has been cancelled. The magnitude 8.6 earthquake and 8.3 aftershock struck off the coast of Aceh province causing a small wave, but no damage has yet been reported.
BO XILAI'S WIFE HELD OVER MURDER
The wife of disgraced Chinese Communist Party boss Bo Xilai, once tipped as a future leader, has been arrested over the suspected murder of British businessman Neil Heywood last November. Gu Kailai, known as 'China's Jackie Kennedy', had been involved in a row with Heywood over a business deal.
CHARITIES FURIOUS AT 'TAX DODGE' ATTACK
Major charities angrily warned Downing Street last night that Chancellor George Osborne's proposed limit on tax relief for donations and "aggressive rhetoric" were already cutting their funds. But a spokesman for David Cameron said donations had been used to "wipe out" millionaires' tax bills.
SANTORUM QUITS US PRESIDENTIAL RACE
Rick Santorum, the extreme conservative candidate for the Republican nomination to challenge President Obama in November's presidential election, 'suspended' his campaign last night, citing concern for the health of his three year-old daughter. He leaves the field clear for Mormon millionaire Mitt Romney.
ANNAN: SYRIA PEACE PLAN 'STILL ALIVE'
The UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan told the Security Council last night that his Syrian peace plan was "still alive" although the Assad government had "failed to send a powerful signal of peace". The Syrian army were still shooting in population centres, reportedly killing another 60, but have until 6am Thursday to pull out.
US SUES APPLE OVER EBOOKS
The US government is suing Apple and book publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan and Penguin for fixing the prices of ebooks on the iPad, the BBC reports. The news comes a day after Apple surpassed $600bn in market value for the first time, consolidating its position as the world's most valuable US company.
PM 'RELAXED' ABOUT REVEALING TAX RETURN
Prime Minister David Cameron signaled from his Asia tour yesterday that he supports "in principle" the idea that ministers publish their tax returns, increasingly demanded since the candidates for London mayor agreed to reveal theirs. But first he wants to study how transparency would work "in practice".
TITANIC MEMORIAL CRUISE TURNS BACK
The cruise ship Balmoral, retracing the route of the Titanic to commemorate the sinking 100 years ago, was forced to turn back towards Ireland yesterday when a BBC cameraman on board had to be airlifted off the ship after falling ill. The organisers still hope to be over the site of the sinking by the night of 14 April.
CARROLL SCORES LIVERPOOL CLINCHER
A rare goal from £35m striker Andy Carroll, scored in the 90th minute, gave Liverpool a much needed 3-2 victory over Blackburn last night. Another Liverpool hero on the night was second substitute keeper Brad Jones, who came on for red-carded Doni and saved Yakubu Aiyegbeni's spot-kick.
HOT TICKET: ROYAL BALLET TRIPLE TREAT
A new Royal Ballet triple bill has opened at the Royal Opera House. Wayne McGregor's 'Carbon Life', featuring music by Mark Ronson, and Liam Scarlett's 'Sweet Violets', inspired by Walter Sickert's paintings, are performed alongside Christopher Wheeldon's 2001 hit 'Polyphonia'. "A blast," says the Telegraph.