Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Wednesday 20 Jun 2012

1

MUBARAK NEAR DEATH AFTER STROKE

Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was last night reported to be dying in a Cairo hospital after suffering a stroke. The 84-year-old, toppled in last year's Arab Spring and jailed for life this month, was moved from prison to an army hospital. Doctors there said Mubarak was "clinically dead", a claim denied by the ruling military junta.

2

ENGLAND MAKE EURO QUARTER FINALS

Wayne Rooney marked his return to the England team following suspension with the goal that secured a place in Euro 2012's semi-finals yesterday, with England beating Ukraine 1-0 following a controversial call refusing to recognize an apparent late goal and equalizer from Ukraine. England now go on to play Italy in Kiev on Sunday.

3

ASSANGE FLEES TO ECUADOR EMBASSY

WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange was last night holed up in Ecuador's London embassy where he is applying for political asylum. Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said Ecuador is "studying and analysing" the request and that Assange, who faces extradition to Sweden over allegations of sex crimes, will be protected within the embassy.

4

PM CONFRONTS KIRCHNER OVER FALKLANDS

Prime Minister David Cameron confronted Argentine president Cristina Kirchner over the Falklands yesterday at an impromptu meeting on the fringes of the G20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico. Cameron told Kirchner "we should act like democrats" and "respect the views" of the islanders, while the president tried to hand the PM a package marked 'UN Malvinas'.

5

DEBT: SPAIN AND ITALY IN €750 BAILOUT

European leaders are to announce a €750 billion deal to buy the government bonds of Spain and Italy, it was reported at the G20 summit in Los Cabos. The move is aimed at sending a strong signal to the markets that Germany is prepared to back struggling eurozone countries.

6

GP STRIKE SET TO BE DAMP SQUIB

Almost three-quarters of GP practices will open as normal on Thursday when doctors go on strike for the first time in almost 40 years, according to a poll from Pulse magazine last night. Only a quarter had notified their primary care organisation that they were joining a strike called by the British Medical Association over pension reforms.

7

CHERIE BLAIR ATTACKS 'YUMMY MUMMIES'

Cherie Blair, the QC wife of the former prime minister and mother of four, last night attacked "yummy mummies" who stay at home raising children at the expense of their careers, "seeking to marry a rich husband and retire". She told Fortune magazine's Most Powerful Women event in Claridge's that their children lacked drive and independence.

8

SAMARAS SWORN IN AS GREEK PM

Antonis Samaras, the leader of the centre-right New Democracy party which won Greek elections at the weekend, has been sworn in as the country's new prime minister. Earlier, the socialist Pasok and Democratic Left parties agreed to form a coalition. The new government is expected to request that the EU eases the terms of the bailout loans extended to Greece.

9

DEPP SPLITS FROM VANESSA PARADIS

Movie star Johnny Depp has split from his partner of 14 years, French singer and actress Vanessa Paradis, his publicist confirmed yesterday after months of rumours. The couple, who never married but have two children, Lily-Rose, 13, and Jack, 9, were said to have "amicably separated".

10

HOT TICKET – ONO STEPS INTO THE LIGHT

A major retrospective of artworks by Yoko Ono, To the Light, has opened at London's Serpentine Gallery. Beatle widow and former member of the 1960s underground art movement Fluxus, Ono presents key installations, films, and performances alongside new work. "Absorbing and beautifully staged", says The Evening Standard. Until 9 September.

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