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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Tuesday 16 Apr 2013

1

8-YEAR-OLD AMONG MARATHON DEAD

An eight-year-old boy was one of three people confirmed dead today as a result of the explosions at the Boston Marathon. More than 170 runners and spectators, including Britons, were injured by the blasts - 17 of them critically. The FBI has raided a flat in Boston as the hunt for the perpetrators gathered pace and President Obama said those responsible would feel "the full weight of justice".

2

LONDON MARATHON REVIEWS SECURITY

Security for Sunday's London Marathon will be reviewed after yesterday's bomb attack at the Boston Marathon, London police said last night, but the race will go ahead. The Met said a security plan was in place for London's race but "we will be reviewing this". Marathon chief executive Nick Bitel was "deeply saddened and shocked" by the Boston attack.

3

THATCHER LEFT HURT AND ANGER, SAYS DEAN

The Dean of St Paul's Cathedral, David Ison, who will be taking part in tomorrow's funeral service for Baroness Thatcher, has told CNN that Britain has not recovered from the hurt and anger caused by her policies. "There is some real work to be done here about what's the relationship between the rich and poor in our society," he said.

4

CRONYISM ROW OVER PCC APPOINTMENT

Mark Burns-Williamson, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for West Yorkshire, has been accused of "cronyism" after appointing a Labour party organiser, Isabel Owen, as his £53,000-a-year deputy. Owen is said to have "no real knowledge of policing" and to have been appointed "simply to make sure he gets re-elected".

5

FRENCH MINISTERS REVEAL WEALTH

French government ministers have revealed details of their personal wealth under orders from president Francois Hollande as part of his efforts to regain public trust, an exercise dubbed as a government "striptease". Eight of the Socialist ministers were revealed to be multi-millionaires. The details were posted on a special government website yesterday.

6

HUGE EARTHQUAKE STRIKES IRAN

At least 40 people died when a huge earthquake hit the Iran Pakistan border today. The quake sent tremors across the Middle East and were felt as far away as New Delhi in India, where offices were reportedly evacuated. The US Geological Service said it was a magnitude 7.8 quake with an epicentre near the Iranian city of Khash in the south-east of the country.

7

FIRST GOOGLE GLASS UNITS SHIP

The first Google Glass devices have been shipped to software developers and the company has revealed the product will be fitted with a 5MP front-mounted camera that shoots video using the high definition 720p format. Google also said the high-resolution display fitted to Glass is the equivalent of looking at a 25-inch high-definition screen from a distance of 8 feet.

8

TIMES EDITOR LANDS BBC NEWS JOB

James Harding, the former editor of the Times, has been appointed director of BBC News and current affairs, the corporation has confirmed. Harding, who will be paid £340,000 a year, will replace Helen Boaden, who becomes director of radio. BBC director general Tony Hall said he hoped Harding would "give BBC News a renewed sense of purpose".

9

BRITONS INVOLVED IN FATAL ALPINE CRASH

One person has been killed and several seriously injured in a coach crash in the French Alps today. The coach is believed to have been bringing young British holiday-makers back from the resort of Alpe d’Huez. The Foreign Office has confirmed that it is aware of a "tragic incident involving British nationals" in the Isere region.

10

HOT TICKET: MEXICAN HEAT IN GUACAMELEE!

Action adventure video game 'Guacamelee!' has been released in the UK. Players take on the role of underdog Mexican wrestler Juan Aguacate as he jumps across platforms and battles to save El Presidente's daughter from an evil skeleton called Calaca. "Brilliant and immensely fun," says Forbes.

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