Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Wednesday 24 Feb 2016

1

Cameron's EU deal 'not legally binding', says Gove

Justice Secretary Michael Gove has raised the stakes in the campaign to leave the European Union, saying David Cameron's renegotiation deal on UK membership is not legally binding. Downing Street insists it is. Gove, a close personal friend of the Prime Minister, is one of five Cabinet ministers who want to leave the EU.

2

Donald Trump wins big in Nevada caucus

US presidential hopeful Donald Trump has won the Republican caucus in Nevada with a comfortable majority, making his third consecutive victory on the road to his party's nomination for the White House. However, the election process was a troubled one and party officials are looking into claims of double voting and insufficient ballots.

3

Search for missing after Didcot collapse

Rescuers are looking for three people still missing after a defunct power station building at Didcot in Oxfordshire collapsed yesterday afternoon, killing one. Operator Npower says the building collapsed while demolition contractors were working on it, thought witnesses reported hearing an explosion at around 4pm on Tuesday.

4

Privately schooled elite 'still takes top jobs'

Educational charity The Sutton Trust says Britain's top jobs are still going to privately schooled people, with positions in the worlds of law, politics, medicine and journalism mainly going to the elite. Their report found 71 per cent of army officers were privately educated, as were 74 per cent of top judges, 61 per cent of top doctors and 51 per cent of leading print journalists.

5

Six convicted of 'systematic' sex abuse in Rotherham

Four men and two women have been found guilty of "systematic" sexual abuse of girls in Rotherham. Brothers Arshid, Basharat and Bannaras Hussain were found guilty of rape and indecent assault and their uncle, Qurban Ali, of conspiracy to rape. Karen MacGregor and Shelley Davies were convicted of conspiracy to procure prostitutes and false imprisonment.

6

Wreckage of missing Nepal plane found

Rescuers have found the wreckage of a small plane carrying 23 people which went missing while flying over a mountainous region of Nepal. The Tara Air Twin Otter lost contact after taking off from Pokhara, west of Kathmandhu, heading for Jomsom. Authorities say there is little hope of finding survivors.

7

Clarkson apologises to Top Gear producer

Former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has apologised to TV producer Oisin Tymon after he and the BBC settled a £100,000 racial discrimination and injury claim. Clarkson lost his job at the BBC after the "unprovoked physical and verbal attack" that left Tymon with a bloody lip. The presenter said he was sorry "for the incident and its regrettable aftermath".

8

Johnson & Johnson must pay $72m in talcum-powder claim

Cosmetics company Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $72m to the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer after using their talcum powder for decades. The award was made by a jury in the US state of Missouri after a three-trial. Her family argued that the firm knew of talc risks and failed to warn users, but J&J is said to be considering an appeal.

9

Police deliberately run over and kill dog

A dog found running on a dual carriageway in the early hours of Monday was deliberately run over and killed by police. Officials said the animal was causing vehicles to swerve dangerously on the A55 in north Wales and that it had bitten an officer. The officers ran it over at speed, to ensure it didn't suffer.

10

Briefing: Corbyn's role in the EU referendum debate

Jeremy Corbyn's influence in the debate on Britain staying in the European Union has been questioned after he was heckled in the House of Commons. The Labour leader told MPs his party was "overwhelmingly" in favour of staying in, although he has criticised David Cameron's reform deal. Writing in The Observer, Corbyn said the Prime Minister's agreement was a "sideshow", arguing that the changes were "largely irrelevant to the problems most people in Britain face".

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