Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Tuesday 5 Mar 2013

1

FEARS FOR HEALTH OF HUGO CHAVEZ

Fears are growing that Hugo Chavez will not survive the respiratory infection he is suffering following cancer surgery. After weekend protests demanding "the truth" about the Venezuelan president's condition, the country's information minister admitted to a "new, severe infection" and said Chavez's condition was "very delicate".

2

TOP JUDGE WARNS AGAINST DEPORTATIONS

Britain's most senior judge, Lord Neuberger, says the government's determination to deport suspected terrorists to countries which inflict torture would mean withdrawing not only from the European Court of Human Rights but also the UN. The president of the supreme court attacked the "slanted" portrayal of the motives of the Strasbourg court.

3

FORBES RICH LIST: BUFFETT DROPS TO 4TH

US investor Warren Buffett has fallen from third to fourth place on the Forbes rich list, overtaken by Amancio Ortega, founder of the Zara fashion chain. Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim remains the world's richest man with $73bn, and Microsoft's Bill Gates stays second with $67bn. The average age of the ten richest was 74.

4

BRITAIN FALLS BEHIND IN HEALTH LEAGUE

Although average life expectancy rose by 4.2 years to 79.9 during the period 1990-2010, Britain fell from 12th to 14th place on a list of developed nations' death rates, a report in the Lancet magazine reveals. Failure to detect and track major diseases is blamed by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt for a "shocking underperformance" by the NHS.

5

BRADFORD BATMAN UNMASKED

The Bradford Batman, the costume-wearing 'crimefighter' who delivered a wanted man to the police, has revealed himself to be Stan Worby, 39, a Chinese takeaway delivery driver. He said he drove his friend Danny Frayne, 27, to answer charges of burglary and breaking bail at his request, and had been dressed as Batman for a football match.

6

KENYA POLL: 15 DEAD AS COUNTING BEGINS

The death toll from machete attacks in the Kenya elections had reached at least 15 last night by the time the polls closed and counting began. Uhuru Kenyatta, who faces trial next month at The Hague for organising violence at the 2007 elections, has a lead over Prime Minister Raila Odinga in the race for the presidency.

7

BIEBER SORRY FOR LATE LONDON GIG

Teen pop idol Justin Bieber has apologised to his fans on Twitter after his performance at London's O2 last night started two hours late. The 19-year-old singer was booed and some parents said they should have their tickets refunded after the singer began his show at 10.22pm. Concert organisers blamed "Bieber's production team".

8

EDDIE MAHER JAILED 20 YEARS AFTER THEFT

'Fast' Eddie Maher, the English security guard who stole a Securicor van containing £1.2m in cash in 1993, and then spent nearly two decades on the run with his family in the US, was jailed today at Southwark Crown Court for five years. He was arrested in Missouri last year after his daughter-in-law tipped off the authorities.

9

NHS BOSS INSISTS HE SHOULD KEEP JOB

Sir David Nicholson, the embattled head of the NHS, insisted that he should keep his job despite accepting blame for failings that lead to the Mid Staffordshire scandal because politicians had created a system where “patients were not at the centre”. Nicholson told MPs this morning that the NHS had lost focus but he was the man to put that right.

10

HOT TICKET: LARA CROFT REINVENTED

A reboot of the popular 'Tomb Raider' action-adventure videogame series has been released in the UK. 'Tomb Raider' returns to the origins of fictional archaeologist Lara Croft, as she sets out to "make her mark" and is forced to survive on a dangerous island after a shipwreck. "Hugely enjoyable," says The Guardian.

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