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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Wednesday 12 Sep 2012

1

RICHARD III'S SKELETON 'FOUND'

Archaeologists searching for Richard III's remains under a car park in Leicester said today they believe they have unearthed the king's skeleton. Richard Taylor, who led the dig, said the team had found a skeleton with spinal abnormalities who had suffered a trauma to the skull with a bladed weapon. Richard III, who is often depicted as a hunchback, died at the Battle of Bosworth.

2

US AMBASSADOR KILLED IN LIBYA ATTACK

The US ambassador, Christopher Stevens, and three of his staff have been killed in an attack by a militia on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, prompted by a film which ridiculed Islam. The amateur movie was made by an Israeli-American property developer and promoted by controversial Florida Pastor Terry Jones. A mob also attacked the US embassy in Cairo.

3

RESPECT LEADER QUITS OVER GALLOWAY

The female leader of the Respect Party, Salma Yaqoob, resigned yesterday, blaming a "breakdown in trust" over Respect MP George Galloway's views on rape. Yaqoob described as "wrong and deeply disappointing" Galloway's claim, made in the light of accusations against Julian Assange, that consent was not needed every time before sex.

4

APPLE SHARES DOWN AHEAD OF IPHONE 5

After hitting an all time high on Monday, shares in Apple fell 3.3 per cent by Tuesday's close ahead of today's launch of the iPhone 5 in San Francisco. The new model is expected to be bigger – 4in instead of 3.5in – and to be compatible with the faster 4G or LTE networks. Apple could sell 10m units before the end of the month, according to one analyst.

5

CAMERON APOLOGISES OVER HILLSBOROUGH

David Cameron has apologised to the families of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster after the publication of the report by the Hillsborough Independent Panel, which exposes the failings of the authorities and their attempts to cover them up after the tradegy in which 96 people died in a crush at an FA Cup semi-final in 1989.

6

CLEGG IN ROW OVER GAY MARRIAGE 'BIGOTS'

Deputy PM Nick Clegg is embroiled in a row over gay rights after his office issued the draft of a speech denouncing opponents of the coalition's plans for same-sex unions as "bigots", angering opponents who include the Church of England and many Conservative MPs. The word was struck from the speech he actually delivered to a gay rights group.

7

ANNECY: JUDGE TO COME TO BRITAIN

A French investigating judge and a prosecutor will travel to Britain as part of the investigation into the murder of Saad al-Hilli, his wife and mother-in-law in the Alps, AFP reports. They will co-ordinate with police in the search for clues. Zainab al-Hilli, the older of two surviving daughters, was interviewed by police for the first time since emerging from a coma.

8

PRINCE WILLIAM: I'D LIKE TWO CHILDREN

Prince William revealed today that he would like to have two children. Asked directly by someone in the crowd gathered at the Garden by the Bay in Singapore how many children he was planning to have, he said he was "thinking about having two". He did not say whether the Duchess of Cambridge was thinking the same thing.

9

ANDY MURRAY RETURNS TO CHEERS

Crowds cheered at Heathrow as US Open champion Andy Murray arrived back on British soil. The tennis star has said he "will work hard" to set his sights on winning more to reach the world number one spot. Merchandisers estimated that 'brand Murray' would rise in value to at least £1m a year.

10

HOT TICKET: NINJA COMEBACK

Klei Entertainment and Microsoft Studios have released a new 2D stealth videogame titled Mark of the Ninja for Xbox. Players take on the role of a ninja warrior with a magic tattoo, who must eliminate a band of mercenaries without being detected. "Addictive", says Forbes.

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