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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Friday 29 Apr 2011

Tornado damage in Alabama

Our popular news catch-up service is posted Monday to Friday at 8.0am. You can rely on it to keep you up to date through the working day with the main news talking points. PRINCE, KATE SEAL IT WITH TWO KISSES Prince William and Kate Middleton were married this morning at Westminster Abbey. Kate wore a dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and a tiara lent by the Queen. There was no rain and the couple later came on to the balcony at Buckingham Palace and kissed not once but twice for thousands of well-wishers gathered beyond the gates. The Queen has given the couple the titles of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. In pictures: Husband and wife SYRIAN FORCES FIRE ON PROTESTORS Syrian security forces are once again reported to have opened fire on protestors as thousands took to the streets across the country in an anti-government 'day of rage'. Seven people were reported dead in the city of Deraa, which has become the hub of the protests. But there were gatherings throughout the country. OBAMA TO VISIT DEVASTATED ALABAMA President Obama will fly to storm-ravaged Alabama (above) today to inspect the wreckage and comfort the survivors of the tornado storm which killed 162, mostly in the city of Tuscaloosa, bringing the week's total across the South to at least 291. The storms are the worst in 40 years, with more than 600 tornadoes counted in April in the seven states of "tornado alley", a record. 30 ARRESTED IN BRISTOL RIOTS There have been more violent clashes in the Stokes Croft area of Bristol. Police and protestors were injured when rocks, bottles and missiles were thrown in the early hours of Friday morning and 30 people were arrested. The incident came a week after police raided a squat in the area and there were angry protests against a nearby Tesco store. COMMONS SEX SESSION: WOMAN GETS INJUNCTION An unnamed woman who took part in a sex session with Labour MP Nigel Griffiths at his office in the House of Commons, late on night in November 2008, obtained an injunction in April 2009 preventing publication of any information that might identify her, it has transpired. At the time, photographs, apparently taken by Griffiths, were published showing the woman dressed in stocking and suspenders. Newspapers have no claim to the moral high ground POLICE MAKE 45 ARRESTS AT ROYAL WEDDING Police made 45 arrests inside the royal wedding 'security zone' on Friday but hailed the event as a "huge success". Earlier, three people were arrested during "pre-emptive operations" and accused of preparing to behead royal effigies. The raid was one of several  designed to "combat potential wedding day disruption". There were 5,000 police on duty as William and Kate married. Royal wedding faces double terror threat HAMAS-FATAH DEAL A 'FATAL MISTAKE' SAYS ISRAEL The long-awaited reconciliation deal between the two Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas is a "fatal mistake", says Israeli President Shimon Peres, because Israel cannot work with Hamas, which has never renounced its call for the destruction of the Jewish state. "It will prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state and destroy the chances of achieving peace," says Peres. Why are Fatah and Hamas suddenly uniting? VIOLENCE IN UGANDA AS OPPOSITION LEADER ARRESTed A wave of protests against Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has swept through the country following the arrest of opposition leader Kizza Besigye. He claims elections earlier this year were rigged. There was rioting in the capital Kampala and clashes between demonstrators and the police and military HUNGRY NORTH KOREA READY TO TALK, SAYS CARTER Former President Carter, on a three-day trip to Pyongyang, yesterday accused the US and South Korea of violating human rights by refusing food aid to North Korea where millions face starvation after a hard winter. He said rogue leader Kim Jong-il had sent him a note offering direct talks with South Korea. Washington stressed that the visit was "strictly private". AUTHOR HARPER LEE DENIES AUTHORISING MEMOIR Harper Lee, whose novel To Kill a Mockingbird has been a bestseller for 50 years, has denied through lawyers that she authorised or co-operated with the memoir The Mockingbird Next Door: Life With Harper Lee by Marja Mills, to be published by Penguin Press. The best known literary recluse since J.D Salinger, Lee was portrayed by Sandra Bullock in the 2006 film Infamous.  

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