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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Friday 1 Apr 2016

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Tata Steel crisis: Javid to meet Port Talbot workers

Business secretary Sajid Javid has met workers in Tata's Port Talbot steel plant today and insisted the Government is working for the industry's future after Tata said it wants to sell its struggling UK works. Javid has faced calls to step down because he took his daughter on an official visit to Australia while the steel crisis played out.

2

Agony aunt Denis Robertson dies aged 83

Agony aunt Denise Robertson, a fixture on ITV show This Morning since it was first broadcast in 1988, has died at the age of 83. She revealed in February that she had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. In addition to her counselling work Robertson, from Sunderland, wrote 17 novels and published a number of advice books and ran the Dear Denise website.

3

Obese people outnumber underweight globally

New research by Imperial College London suggests there are now more obese than underweight people in the world. The major study of data from 186 countries found that obesity tripled in men and more than doubled in women between 1975 and 2014. There are 641 million obese people in the world and 105 million underweight.

4

National Living Wage comes into force today

From today, employers must pay employees over 25 the Government's new mandatory National Living Wage of £7.20 an hour. The move has been welcomed by figures on the left and the right - but some have warned businesses will look for other ways to reduce staff costs, or may pass the cost on to consumers, putting up prices.

5

Google apologises for 'mic drop' Gmail prank

Google was forced to abort an April Fool prank on its Gmail service after complaints from users. The company added a 'mic drop' button, which allowed users to close down an email thread with an animated Gif of a Minion dropping a microphone. It replaced Gmail's 'send and archive' button, and many people reported using it by mistake. Google withdrew the button an apologised.

6

Delivery driver guilty of Lee Rigby-style plot

An Islamic State sympathiser from Luton has been found guilty of a plot to kill a US airman outside a base in East Anglia. Delivery driver Junead Khan, 25, was found guilty of preparing terrorist acts and planning to join IS in Syria. He had discussed a Lee Rigby-style attack, staging a car crash outside the base and then attacking his victim with a knife.

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Tesla unveils Model 3 electric car

US electric car manufacturer Tesla last night unveiled its much-anticipated Model 3 which, as its lowest-cost vehicle yet, it is pitching as an affordable electric car. Founder Elon Musk, the model for Iron Man's Tony Stark, said the five-seater will cost $35,000 (£24,423) and have a range of at least 215 miles between charges.

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Teenager jailed for killing school pupil

A teenager who stabbed a fellow pupil at an Aberdeen school to death in October last year has been jailed for nine years. Bailey Gwynne died after he was stabbed in the heart during a row at Cults Academy. His killer, who denied murder but was was convicted of culpable homicide was sentenced to eight years for stabbing Gwynne and another year for weapons offences.

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Tribute concert for David Bowie in New York

A tribute concert for David Bowie, first planned before his death, took place in New York City's Carnegie Hall last night, with acts including Debbie Harry, Flaming Lips, Pixies, Cyndi Lauper and former REM singer Michae Stype performing. A second concert tonight at Radio City Music Hall, also in NYC, will be broadcast live.

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Briefing: Was Australia 'invaded' by Britain?

Australia's colonial history is under the spotlight after a university issued a set of guidelines on the use of indigenous terminology for its students. The University of New South Wales was forced to reject claims it was "rewriting history" after advising students to avoid saying Australia was "discovered" or "settled" by the British. Terms such as "invaded, occupied and colonised" are suggested instead.

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