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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Tuesday 29 Mar 2016


FBI drops Apple case after cracking phone

The FBI has dropped its legal action to force Apple to help it access the San Bernardino gunman's iPhone, saying it has managed to break into the phone unaided. Apple had refused calls for it to write new software allowing the agency to break into Syed Rizwan Farook's phone, which was locked behind a passcode.


EgyptAir hijacker arrested and hostages freed

A man who hijacked an EgyptAir plane and diverted it to Cyprus has been arrested after a stand-off. The plane was taken over by a passenger claiming to be wearing a suicide explosive belt and forced to land at Larnaka airport, where several hostages were released. After several hours, the remaining people on board were freed and a man was seen walking down the steps of the aircraft with his hands raised.


IS 'planning attack on Jewish schools in Turkey'

Sky News says it has learned that Islamic State (IS) is planning to attack Jewish schools, kindergartens and youth centres in Turkey. It says the plot, which was in an "advanced" state, was revealed by six IS operatives captured in the southern city of Gaziantep last week. A synagogue in Beyoglu is thought to be a likely target.


Pakistan launches huge terror operation

Pakistan has detained more than 200 people and questioned 5,000 others in a massive counter-terror operation following the suicide attack in a Lahore park that killed at least 70 people on Easter Sunday. Taliban splinter group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar has claimed responsibility for the attack on a funfair that killed more Muslims than Christians. The death toll is expected to rise further.


Leaving EU 'would be devastating for young'

Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, is to warn that the impact of the UK leaving the European Union would be "devastating" for young people. Speaking in London today, she will urge younger people to make sure they vote in the June referendum on membership, saying that leaving risks creating a "lost generation" in the UK.


Fate of Welsh steel to be decided in India

Thousands of jobs in Wales hang in the balance today as the board of Tata Steel meets in India to decide the fate of the Port Talbot steelworks. The firm announced 1,050 redundancies in the UK in January, but workers at the plant fear the plan may lead to the full closure of the works, which employs around 7,000 staff and contractors.


Glastonbury Festival official line-up revealed

The official line-up for this year's Glastonbury festival has been released. Among the performers now confirmed alongside headliners Adele, Muse and Coldplay are Cyndi Lauper, Art Garfunkel, LCD Soundsystem, ZZ Top, New Order and Earth, Wind & Fire. A further 800 acts will be confirmed before the event in June. The final remaining tickets will go on sale next month.


UN recommends extending Argentina maritime area

The Falkland Islands have asked the UK for clarification after an international commission recommended expanding Argentina’s maritime territory by 35 per cent, taking them over the disputed islands. The government said it had not yet seen the full report and stressed the commission was merely an advisory body. The Falklands have been British since 1833 and voted to remain so in 2013.


Huge fire engulfs UAE residential building

A huge fire has engulfed an apartment building in the United Arab Emirates, the third such incident in a little more than a year. The fire spread from one tower to a second building in the Ajman emirate, north of Dubai. Residents were evacuated, with several treated for minor injuries and smoke inhalation. Footage shows several storeys on fire.


Briefing: Post-recession Brits are wealthier but less satisfied

British people have become wealthier, are living longer and healthier lives and are suffering less crime than a few years ago, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). In a snapshot of the nation's wellbeing, the ONS said both average household income and disposable income rose between 2012 and 2015, according to The Guardian.

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