Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Tuesday 12 Mar 2013

1

FALKLANDS VOTE: PM WARNS ARGENTINA

David Cameron has warned Argentina to respect the wishes of Falkland Islanders after 99.8 per cent of the population voted to remain a UK overseas territory. Only three people in a turnout of 1,517 voted 'no' in the referendum. Cameron said that Argentina, which has a claim on the islands, should take "careful note" of the result.

2

HUHNE: IT BEGAN AS A 'FAIRLY TRIVIAL ISSUE'

In an interview with C4 News, broadcast last night after he and his ex-wife were sent to jail, Chris Huhne said: "It seems crazy that what is on the face of it, without realising the full legal consequences, a fairly trivial issue of exchanging speeding points with your wife, can spin into this massive, devastating set of consequences for family, for career and for everything you really care about."

3

CARDINALS BEGIN VOTING FOR NEW POPE

Cardinals meeting in the Sistine Chapel will conduct their first ballot for a new Pope this afternoon. With no frontrunner, it is thought likely to take several votes before a candidate emerges. White smoke from the specially installed chimney will mean they have reached a decision – but it's not expected for two or three days.

4

DELHI RAPE SUICIDE: 'MAJOR SECURITY LAPSE'

The death in prison of Ram Singh, the suspected ringleader in the Delhi rape and murder of a female student, was a "major lapse" in prison security, India's Home Minister said yesterday. Prison authorities continued to insist that Singh managed to hang himself from a ceiling grate while his three cellmates all slept.

5

MANSION TAX: LABOUR 'PLAYING GAMES'

Lib Dem MPs will not support Labour's Commons motion calling for a mansion tax, even though such a tax is party policy. Business Secretary Vince Cable accused Labour of playing "cynical games". By tabling today's motion, he said, they were simply trying to force a split between the Lib Dems and their Tory coalition partners.

6

JIMMY SAVILE CASE: IT COULD HAPPEN AGAIN

A sex offender like Jimmy Savile could still go undetected today because of flaws in police intelligence, a damning report from the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary claims. Police had failed to "join the dots" even though the complaints or rape and reports of his using male prostitutes dated back to as early as 1963.

7

MORE SNOW CHAOS: EUROSTAR CANCELLED

All Eurostar services were cancelled today as heavy snow caused travel chaos in Britain and across Europe. Roads and airports were affected and hundreds of schools in the South were closed. Councils insisted they had taken adequate precautions and gritted roads after some drivers were forced to spend the night in their cars.

8

EUROPE'S DEMONS 'ARE ONLY SLEEPING'

The demons of nationalism are threatening a complacent Europe just as they did on the eve of the First World War, according to Jean-Claude Juncker, prime minister of Luxembourg. He told Der Spiegel magazine that he was "chilled" by hostilities revealed by the economic crisis, and "how similar circumstances are to 100 years ago".

9

'STRESSED' SHARK HERO LOSES HIS JOB

A British man who was hailed as a hero in Australia after being filmed dragging a shark away from children at a beach in Queensland in January has lost his job after it emerged that he and his wife were on sick-leave for work-related stress at the time. Paul Marshallsea's bosses were surprised to see video of him fighting sharks in Australia.

10

HOT TICKET: BOYD'S 'LONGING' FOR CHEKHOV

Novelist William Boyd's first stage play, 'Longing', adapted from two Chekhov short stories, has opened at the Hampstead Theatre, London. Iain Glen plays a Moscow lawyer who becomes entangled in a series of financial plots and unrequited passions. With Tamsin Greig. "Wonderful," says The Independent. Until 6 April.

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