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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Wednesday 6 Apr 2016


Panama Papers: Cameron denies offshore funds

David Cameron came under intense pressure yesterday over a fund set up by his late father, Ian, which avoided paying UK tax. At first insisting his tax affairs were private, he later denied holding any offshore funds. The Guardian claims he is "dangerously exposed" and the Daily Telegraph says there are still questions to answer.


Junior doctors walk out for fourth strike

Junior doctors in England have walked out for the fourth time this year. The 48-hour stoppage began at 8am, after the government insisted it would impose new contracts from this summer. Another 5,000 non-urgent operations have been postponed. NHS management said the disruption was "deeply regrettable".


US primaries: Cruz crushes Trump in Wisconsin

The two second-favourites for the Republican and Democratic nominations for the White House both won in Wisconsin last night. Ted Cruz "crushed" frontrunner Donald Trump, says Reuters, winning at least 33 of 42 delegates. As the count continues, Bernie Sanders looks set to have beaten Hillary Clinton by more than ten points.


At least half of world heritage sites at risk

A survey by conservation charity World Wide Fund for Nature says at least half of the UN's 229 world heritage sites are under threat of development. The areas are supposed to be afforded special protection because of outstanding importance for species and habitats, but face fossil fuel exploration and illegal logging.


Microchipping for dogs becomes law

From today, dog owners must make sure their pets are microchipped or face a fine of up to £500. The government says electronic ID tags implanted under the skin will reduce the "growing problem of strays roaming the streets", but some experts have warned they can be harmful to puppies. Several animal charities have offered free chipping.


'Drastic action' needed to tackle rise of diabetes

Almost one in 11 adults now suffers from diabetes, says the World Health Organisation. The number of cases has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014, with high high blood sugar levels now responsible for 3.7 million deaths each year. "Drastic action" has been called for to halt the disease's "unrelenting march".


Rangers back in Scottish Premiership

Rangers FC will play in the Scottish Premier League from next season after beating Dumbarton 1-0 yesterday. The former top-flight club was forced to re-enter Scottish football at the lowest level after it went into liquidation in 2012. It has taken four years for the team to claw its way back to the top.


Hillsborough jury to answer 14 questions

After two years of evidence, the jury at the Hillsborough inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans has retired to consider its verdicts. The seven women and three men have been asked to respond to a 14-section questionnaire to determine how the supporters died. They will consider whether the behaviour of fans contributed to the deaths and if the fans were unlawfully killed.


Terrorists could have taken advantage of refugee crisis

Terrorists may have taken advantage of the refugee crisis to enter the European Union in recent months, according to the European border force, Frontex. It has warned in a report that the "vast majority" of migrants arrive in Europe with no identity papers and that false declarations of nationality are "rife" among those coming from the Middle East and Africa.


Briefing: Brussels attacks 'didn't boost Brexit support'

Most Britons support keeping the UK in the European Union, according to the latest poll for the Daily Telegraph, which showed that 51 per cent will vote to stay in the EU in the June referendum, with 44 per cent in favour of leaving and 5 per cent still undecided. This represents a four per cent increase in support for the Remain campaign since last month's poll, a sign that David Cameron is "beginning to win the argument", says the Telegraph. The terror attacks in Brussels and the crisis in Britain's steel sector have so far had "little or no effect" on how people intend to vote.

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