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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Monday 10 Sep 2012

1

MILLION TURN OUT FOR ATHLETES' PARADE

An estimated crowd of one million watched Team GB Olympians and Paralympians parade through central London today on 21 open-top floats, just hours after the Paralympics closed with a spectacular Festival of Flame ceremony. In a speech marking the "final tear-sodden, juddering climax" to London's summer of sport, Mayor Boris Johnson said the athletes had "brought this country together".

2

BOMB SQUAD LEAVES AL-HILLI HOME

A cordon around the Claygate home of Saad al-Hilli, shot dead with his wife and mother-in-law near Lake Annecy last week, has been lifted after an Army bomb disposal unit gave the all-clear. Surrey police, who had evacuated neighbouring properties, called in the bomb squad after discovering unspecified "items" while seaching the property for clues to the shooting.

3

SYRIA: REBELS CLAIM ALEPPO BOMB

The Free Syrian Army has claimed responsibility for a bomb blast that killed more than 30 people in the besieged city of Aleppo on Sunday. In a separate incident, the young Syrian documentary maker Tamer Awam, director of 'Memories at a Checkpoint', died from shrapnel wounds.

4

BORIS LAUNCHES OWN AIRPORTS INQUIRY

London Mayor Boris Johnson challenged David Cameron yesterday by announcing that he will launch a separate London inquiry into the future of the capital's airport capacity which will exclude the Heathrow third runway option. Business Secretary Vince Cable told the BBC's Andrew Marr that the Heathrow runway "won't happen".

5

PRESIDENT OBAMA STRETCHES POLL LEAD

President Barack Obama saw an increased lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney in two polls yesterday in the wake of the Democratic National Convention. The Scott Rasmussen showed him leading 49% to 44%, a "bounce" credited to former President Clinton's speech. A Gallup/Reuters poll offered the same four-point lead.

6

'EMMA WATSON' MOST DANGEROUS WEB SEARCH

Emma Watson is the most dangerous celebrity for which to search online, according to internet security company McAfee. On typing the Harry Potter actress’s name into a search engine, there is a one-in-eight chance that a user will land on a website set up by cyber criminals to trick people into downloading malicious software or to steal personal information.

7

LEWIS HAMILTON WINS ITALIAN GP

Lewis Hamilton won the Italian Grand Prix for McLaren yesterday in a dominating drive from pole to beat Sauber's Sergio Perez and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso. McLaren's Jenson Button looked poised to make it a one-two, but both he and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel retired with mechanical troubles. Hamilton praised an "incredible" car after his win.

8

TALIBAN 'READY TO NEGOTIATE CEASEFIRE'

The Taliban leadership is ready for a ceasefire with Nato forces and to renounce its past links with al-Qaeda in exchange for a stake in Afghanistan's political future, according to a paper to be released today by the British think-tank the Royal United Services Institute. It might tolerate a continuing US "stabilisation force" but President Hamid Karzai would have to go.

9

SOUTH KOREAN FILM WINS GOLDEN LION

The South Korean film Pieta by director Kim Ki-duk, about a brutal debt collector, won the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival yesterday. The Master, inspired by the founder of Scientology L Ron Hubbard, took the Silver Lion for director Paul Thomas Anderson. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix split the best actor award for The Master.

10

HOT TICKET: BARD'S FOUR WEDDINGS

The Globe theatre's international tour of As You Like It, has come home to London. Shakespeare's enduringly popular pastoral romantic comedy features political intrigue, cross-dressing and four weddings. "A delight," says the Evening Standard. Until 16 September.

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