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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Tuesday 7 May 2013

1

CLEVELAND KIDNAP TRIO 'IN GOOD HEALTH'

The three young American women held captive in a house in Cleveland, Ohio for a decade have all left hospital and are said to be in good health considering their ordeal. Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus had all disappeared in different circumstances in the period 2002-04. Ariel Castro, the house owner, and his two brothers are under arrest.

2

COMEDIAN JIMMY TARBUCK ARRESTED

Jimmy Tarbuck, 73, has been arrested and questioned by police in Yorkshire acting on a tip-off from colleagues involved in Operation Yewtree, set up after the Jimmy Savile scandal. The comedian was arrested on April 26, it has emerged, and is accused of abusing a young boy in Harrogate in the late 1970s.

3

N KOREA ‘PULLS BACK COASTAL MISSILES’

Pyongyang may be signalling a respite in diplomatic tension on the Korean peninsula: according to a US official, North Korea has removed two medium-range missiles from a coastal launch site. The news comes on the eve of a summit between the US and South Korea and in the wake of tough new UN sanctions.

4

LAWSON: CLEGG EU DEFENCE 'POPPYCOCK'

Former Conservative chancellor Lord Lawson has accused Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg of talking "poppycock" after the Lib Dem leader dismissed his calls for Britain to quit the EU. Earlier Lawson increased the pressure on David Cameron to offer a referendum by calling the EU a "bureaucratic monstrosity" and claiming "the case for exit is clear".

5

TIA SHARP MURDER TRIAL BEGINS

Stuart Hazell, the man accused of murdering schoolgirl Tia Sharp, killed her after sexually assaulting her, a jury at the Old Bailey has been told. Images of Tia were found on Hazell's phone along with pornographic pictures of young girls, said prosecutor Andrew Edis QC. Tia's body was discovered in the loft of her grandmother's house in New Addington last August.

6

'KILL CORD' KEY TO BOATING INQUIRY

An investigation into how TV executive Nick Milligan and his daughter were killed in a speedboat accident in Cornwall on Sunday is likely to focus on whether he was using a 'kill cord' safety device that should have cut out the engine when he went overboard. Members of his family were severely injured when the boat went out of control.

7

FIVE DIE AS VOLCANO ERUPTS IN PHILIPPINES

Five people have been killed by one of the Philippines’ most active volcanoes, Mayon, which rained down boulders “as big as a living room” on a group of 20 climbers early this morning. The eruption is over and helicopters and rescue teams are looking for more than a dozen others who are alive but trapped on the mountainside.

8

QUEEN WILL NOT VISIT SRI LANKA

The Queen will not attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Sri Lanka this autumn. Prince Charles will go in her place. Buckingham Palace says it is part of a plan to reduce the Queen's long-haul visits in light of her age and not a response to the recent controversy over Sri Lanka's human rights record.

9

WHISKY GALORE: SHIPWRECK DRAMS SOLD

Two bottles of whisky salvaged by a diver in 1987 from the 1941 shipwreck which inspired the book and film Whisky Galore have made £12,050 in an online auction. Most of the cargo of the SS Politician, which sank off the island of Eriskay, is said to have been ‘liberated’ by thirsty islanders as the stricken ship lay on rocks.

10

HOT TICKET: MENIER TAKES SONDHEIM WEST

The Menier Chococlate Factory's revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical 'Merrily We Roll Along' has transferred to the Harold Pinter Theatre, West End. Three showbiz friends reflect on their inglorious careers from the 1950s to the 1970s. With Mark Umbers, Damian Humbley and Jenna Russell. "Thrilling," says The Independent. Until 27 July.

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