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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Thursday 7 Apr 2016


Panama to address transparency after Fonseca leak

Panama has set up a panel of experts to improve transparency in offshore finance after 11.5 million documents leaked from law firm Mossack Fonseca detailed tax avoidance on an industrial scale. Meanwhile, David Cameron, whose father, Ian, was named in the documents, yesterday said he does not stand to benefit from offshore funds in the future, but did not say if he had in the past.


Single ticket wins biggest-ever lottery jackpot

The biggest ever jackpot in UK lottery history has been claimed by a single ticket, lottery operator Camelot has said. The ticket matched the winning numbers in Wednesday's draw - 50, 57, 31, 17, 41 and 15 - to win £35,133,888. It beats the previous record prize of £66m as it was claimed by two tickets in January, Camelot has not said where the ticket was purchased.


Anger as state spends £9m on pro-EU leaflets

Boris Johnson and other Eurosceptics are up in arms after it emerged the government is to send leaflets to every UK home promoting the UK's continued membership of the EU, at a cost of £9.3m. The government's official position is that the UK should stay in the union - and the leaflet explains why, with some 14 pages of detail.


Legal system a 'farce' over celebrity injunctions

Britain's legal system has been branded a "farce" after a celebrity who took out a court injunction in the UK was named in the US media. The British press has been banned from identifying the individual – known only as PJS – after he secured an injunction at the Court of Appeal. Former attorney general Dominic Grieve says the ruling could be overturned after PJS was identified.


Shakespeare First Folio discovered in Scotland

A copy of one of the most sought-after books ever published has been discovered in the library of a stately home in Scotland. Academics from Oxford University have authenticated the 1623 First Folio edition of Shakespeare's plays, which was found in Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute. Only about 250 copies are known to exist.


Trump tries to regain momentum in home state

Donald Trump is still the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for the White House, although his campaign has floundered recently after a series of own-goals which culminated in a humiliating defeat to rival Ted Cruz in Wisconsin on Tuesday. Trying to regain ground, the property developer held a huge rally last night in his home state, New York.


Spain calls in French ambassador after wine attack

The Spanish foreign ministry yesterday summoned the French ambassador after French farmers seized five Spanish lorries at the border and emptied their contents of wine on the ground. The farmers say they were protesting against unfair competition. Spain says there has been a spate of similar incidents.


Teenagers jailed for murder of vulnerable woman

Two 15-year-old girls who murdered a vulnerable woman in her own home using items including a shovel, a kettle and a coffee table as weapons have been given life sentences, and must serve at least 15 years behind bars. Angela Wrightson, 39, suffered more than 100 injuries - including 80 to her face - during the "sustained and brutal" attack Hartlepool in December 2014.


Brussels attack suspect CCTV footage released

Belgian prosecutors have released new footage of the missing Brussels airport attack suspect, showing him walking through Brussels shortly after the two suicide blasts that left many dead. The man was tracked on CCTV after leavintg the airport until 9.50am. He was last seen on Avenue de la Brabanconne in a light blue shirt having discarded his light coloured jacket.


Briefing: World Health Day 2016 aims to beat diabetes

The number of people with diabetes has rocketed in the last few decades and levels will continue to soar unless drastic action is taken, the World Health Organisation warned on World Health Day. Cases worldwide have more than quadrupled from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014. With one in 11 people suffering, diabetes is now the eighth biggest killer in the world, after heart disease, stroke and lung diseases.

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