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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Tuesday 26 Apr 2011

Syria protests in Jordan

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. HAGUE CONDEMNS SYRIA ATTROCITIESSyrian security forces numbering over 3,000 move through the Damascus suburbs, randomly opening fire, the UK's foreign secretary William Hague has demanded "accountability for the deaths that occurred" as he condemned the violence. Earlier, the White House threatened new sanctions and a freeze on assets of regime members. Syrians randomly fired on by Assad’s security forces BBC'S ANDREW MARR UNGAGS THE PRESSAndrew Marr, the 51-year-old BBC broadcaster, last night became the first of the rush of celebrities to have secured High Court gagging orders to reveal his identity. He won the order in 2008 to cover up an affair, but now says they should not be enforced forever. "I did not go into journalism to go around gagging journalists," he said.   Unmasked and ungagged: Andrew Marr comes clean GAVIN HENSON SACKED BY TOULONWelsh rugby player and reality TV star Gavin Henson has been fired by his club, Toulon. Henson was suspended for an alleged altercation with team-mates on April 16 but today it was announced he will not play for the club again. It could be the end of Henson's chances of representing Wales – he had hoped to prove himself fit at Toulon. LAST DAY FOR 2012 OLYMPIC TICKET APPLICATIONSThe deadline for applying for tickets to the London 2012 Olympics is tonight, one minute before midnight. Organisers say applications have "hit the roof" in recent days. Prices range from £20 to £2,012 – the most expensive ticket for the opening ceremony. Over-subscribed events will be decided by a random ballot. Scramble for tickets as Olympic deadline looms THE 'AMERICAN AGE' TO END IN 2016, SAYS IMFThe International Monetary Fund has set 2016 as the year China's economy will surpass the US - effectively ending the 'Age of America'. Just 10 years ago, the US economy was three times the size of China's but the current trajectories of growth versus decline will now cross in 2016, with profound implications for the global balance of power. 'REAL IRA' MAN THREATENS QUEENA Real IRA member in mask and combat fatigues yesterday threatened the Queen and police officers when he told a crowd in Londonderry commemorating the 1916 Easter Uprising that all police would be targeted "regardless of their religion", and that the Queen's forthcoming visit to Ireland was an "insult". FOX TO WASHINGTON FOR LIBYA END-GAME TALKS Defence Secretary Liam Fox and Chief of Staff General Sir David Richards flew to Washington last night to draw up plans to finish-off the Libyan regime of Col Gaddafi. Fox warned that leaders who "wage war" on their people will be regarded as "legitimate targets". Meanwhile, rebels in Misrata remained under bombardment, and more Nato rockets struck Gaddafi's compound in Tripoli. CHARLIE SHEEN DUMPED BY PORN STAR GODDESSPorn star Rachel 'Bree' Olson, 24, has ended her two-month fling with actor Charlie Sheen with a text message, he told his latest Torpedo of Truth tour audience in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is left with just one 'goddess'. Asked how he handled two women at once, he replied: "Not well, because one left."  APRIL SHOWERS TO RAIN ON ROYAL WEDDINGHeavy showers are this morning forecast for the royal wedding on Friday, dashing bookies William Hill's odds for record temperatures. If it rains, Prince William and his bride will leave Westminster Abbey in the Glass Coach instead of the open-top 1902 State Landau. Hill's is offering 5-4 odds that a Royal heir will be born next year. In pictures: London prepares for royal wedding AL-QAEDA SUSPECTS CARRIED BBC PHONE NUMBERSUS interrogators at Guantanamo Bay suspected that the BBC was part of a 'propaganda media network' for al-Qaeda after finding a Corporation telephone number listed in several captured mobile phones, according to a new WikiLeaks release of secret documents. A captured al-Qaeda assassin, an Algerian, was also identified as an agent working for MI6 and Canadian intelligence.  

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