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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Saturday 2 Apr 2016

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Tension rises after China raises price of UK steel

China has heightened tensions over its role in the UK steel crisis by slapping a 46% import duty on high-tech steel made by Tata in Wales. Beijing said it had imposed the tariff on “grain-oriented electrical steel” imported from the EU, South Korea and Japan. The development is being seen as humiliation for David Cameron after a week of criticism of his government’s role in the steel crisis.

2

Obama and Cameron warn of IS nuclear attack

Islamic State is planning to use drones to spray nuclear material over Western cities in a “dirty bomb” attack, David Cameron has claimed. US president Barack Obama added that the threat from terrorists trying to launch a nuclear attack that would "change our world" is real. “Concrete" steps have been taken to prevent such attacks, he told the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.

3

Falklands without Navy cover for first time since 1982

The Falkland Islands have been left with no Royal Navy warship protection for the first time since 1982, reports The Independent. A combination of a manpower crisis, a need to deploy vessels to monitor Russian naval movements and a series of engine problems has left the Islands without protection, despite a Royal Navy commitment to provide a “permanent presence”.

4

Gove-backed Brexit group says Cameron 'starved' NHS

Michael Gove’s Brexit campaign group is trying to persuade senior NHS staff to sign a letter that says David Cameron has “starved” the health service of funding. In an email leaked to The Guardian, Vote Leave’s Cleo Watson tells medics that the organisation “desperately” needs doctors, nurses and pharmacists to warn that Britain’s health service is being damaged by the EU.

5

Second Briton dies at Round World Yacht race

A 40-year-old British woman has died during the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Sarah Young, a lifestyle company owner from London, was knocked overboard by a wave in the Pacific Ocean. She is the second Briton to die on the same boat during the voyage. Her death comes six months after Andrew Ashman, 49, from Kent, died on the same vessel.

6

Authorities call for tougher action on rogue whiteners

Councils are calling for tougher action on “rogue” beauticians who offer teeth whitening and illegal kits. Some kits contain 300 times the legal limit of hydrogen peroxide, according to the Local Government Association. This would be akin to "brushing with bleach" and could cause blistering, burns and other damage, the LGA added.

7

Celeb mag apologises over fabricated Clooney interview

Hello! Magazine has issued an apology after it ran an "exclusive" interview with George Clooney that the actor says was completely fabricated. The showbiz magazine said it bought the interview from an entertainment news agency which they have worked with in the past. Clooney said: “In my experience, being misquoted is not unusual but to have an 'exclusive interview' completely fabricated is something new.”

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New tax rules to hit granny-flat owners

Homeowners who have properties with ‘granny flats’ could be forced to knock them down if they want to sell their houses after the introduction a new tax, claims the Daily Mail. Under new rules introduced yesterday, such families will be classed as owning two properties if they try to sell up. As many as 33,000 homeowners live in properties with a self-contained flat for an elderly relative.

9

Royal Opera House sued over Wagner hearing loss

A musician is suing the Royal Opera House because he says his hearing has been irreversibly damaged after the venue continuously placed him next to noisy, brass instruments during rehearsals of the epic Wagner drama Die Walkure. The Royal Opera House denies it is responsible but around a quarter of its players suffer hearing illnesses.

10

Can Gunners keep grip on title race?

Arsenal host Watford today as they attempt to hang on by their fingernails to the title race. Arsene Wenger says Mesut Ozil's negative comments about Arsenal's season were "not welcome". The German midfielder had said that Arsenal had "mucked up" their Premier League title challenge. Tottenham, ahead of the Gunners in second, travel to Liverpool for the tea-time kick-off.

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