Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Monday 25 Mar 2013
CYPRUS: LAST-MINUTE EU BAILOUT AGREED
An 11th-hour deal has been reached in Brussels to keep Cyprus in the eurozone with a €10bn bail-out. The Popular Bank – or Laiki – will be closed so that the Bank of Cyprus can be recapitalised. Savers with deposits under €100,000 will now escape any levy. But higher savers – including many wealth Russians - face big losses.
SNOW AND ICE SET TO CONTINUE
The Met Office has extended its level 3 cold weather alert until Friday as hundreds of homes remained without power today. As many as 10,000 households in Scotland, 7,000 in Northern Ireland and 200 in Cumbria were left without power last night as engineers, hampered by huge snowdrifts, struggled to restore services.
BBC'S BORIS INTERVIEW LABELLED 'DISGUSTING'
Boris Johnson’s father has called Eddie Mair's BBC interview with his son 'disgusting'. Mair suggested the London mayor was "a nasty piece of work" because he had been accused of making up quotes for a newspaper column, lying to the Tory leadership about his affair and agreed to supply an address to a friend, who wanted to get someone beaten up.
CRACKDOWN ON EU MIGRANTS' BENEFITS
EU migrants to Britain will lose most benefits after six months unless they can prove they have been continuously seeking work, David Cameron announced today. Saying migration needs to "come down radically", the PM also promised laws to restrict access to health care and social housing. The Guardian says the crackdown could break EU rules on the free movement of workers.
BEREZOVSKY: 'HE HAD MANY ENEMIES'
Police say there is no evidence that a "third party" was involved in the death of exiled Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, found dead in his bathroom on Saturday. But Marina Litvinenko, whose husband was murdered by poisoning in 2006, said Berezovsky had "many enemies" and that it was "not likely" he had committed suicide.
PRESCOTT 'CHEEK' FOR ABDICATION IDEA
Lord Prescott, former deputy to Tony Blair and a member of the Privy Council which advises the Queen, is in trouble for suggesting in a Sunday Mirror article that she should consider abdicating to avoid putting her health at risk. Tory MP Amber Rudd said: "What cheek! She should go on for as long as she can and would like to."
VETTEL 'SORRY' FOR SNATCHING GP VICTORY
Sebastian Vettel last night apologised to Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber for passing him against team orders to win the Malaysian GP in a drama that brought simmering rivalries to a head. The drivers were told to "hold station" after the final pit stop with Webber leading. "I messed up," said Vettel, world champion for the past three seasons.
PRINCE HARRY TO TOUR US IN MAY
Prince Harry is to tour the US between 9 and 15 May promoting the rehabilitation of injured American and UK troops, publicising his own charities and supporting British interests, St James's Palace said. The Prince's visit comes seven months after he was photographed naked in a hotel room with a woman on a private trip to Las Vegas.
FRANKIE BOYLE COULD BE BACK ON BBC
Controversial comic Frankie Boyle could be set for a return to the BBC after the corporation's new controller of comedy commissioning, who worked with the Scot at Channel 4, revealed he was a fan. Shane Allen told The Guardian: "I'm not going to suddenly stop admiring his unique comic talent because I've switched teams."
HOT TICKET: RETURN OF THE WINSLOW BOY
A revival of Terence Rattigan's 1946 play 'The Winslow Boy' has opened at London's Old Vic. The Winslow family are tested under the legal and media spotlight when Arthur Winslow attempts to prove his son's innocence after he is accused of theft. "Quietly thrilling," says The Independent. Until 25 May.