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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Monday 11 Apr 2016


Osborne publishes tax returns as Cameron faces MPs

George Osborne paid £72,210 in tax on a total taxable income of £198,738 in 2014-5, it has been revealed. The Chancellor is the latest politician to publish his accounts, following David Cameron's release of a summary of his tax for the past six years. The Prime Minister today set out new powers to tackle tax evasion as he faced MPs for the first time since issuing his report.


North Korea: Senior intelligence figure defects

South Korea has claimed a rare high-level defection from its northern neighbour, saying a senior North Korean intelligence officer, who oversaw spying operations, left the country last year. He is said to be the North's most senior military figure ever to defect. More than 28,000 people have left North Korea since the Korean War ended in 1953.


Sir Tom Jones's wife, Linda, dies aged 75

Sir Tom Jones's wife of 59 years, Linda, has died aged 75, after a "short but fierce" cancer battle, her family have said. She died on Sunday in Los Angeles, surrounded by her husband and loved ones. Linda and Sir Tom grew up together in Treforest, Pontypridd, and began dating aged 15. They married in 1957, when they were both 16.


Tata sells Scunthorpe plant and other businesses

Tata Steel has sold part of its business, including its Scunthorpe plant, to investment firm Greybull Capital for a token fee. The deal could safeguard more than 4,000 jobs in the UK, although workers have been asked to accept a pay cut and pension changes. The business, to be branded British Steel, includes two mills in Teesside and businesses in Workington and York, as well as Hayange, France.


Mother who murdered her daughter jailed for 24 years

A mother who stamped her 21-month-old daughter to death has been jailed for a minimum of 24 years. Kathryn Smith, 23, was last week convicted of the 2014 murder of Ayeeshia Jane, who died with injuries similar to those of a car crash victim. Smith's partner, Matthew Rigby, 22, was jailed for three and a half years after being found guilty of causing or allowing Ayeeshia's death.


'Mr Nice', Howard Marks, dead at 70

Former drug smuggler Howard Marks has died of cancer at the age of 70 . Known to many as Mr Nice, he served seven years in a US prison for drug smuggling and published a best-selling autobiography on his release. He then embarked on a second career as a journalist, trading off his notoriety.


Willett is first UK Masters champion in 20 years

Danny Willett yesterday became the first British champion of the Masters Tournament at Augusta, Georgia. The 28-year-old vicar's son from Rotherham is only the second Englishman ever to win and the first European since 1999. He played his final round in 67, five under total, and took three shots to win.


Tigers on the rise for first time in 100 years

The number of tigers living in the wild in Asia has been estimated to be on the rise for the first time in 100 years - though the increase may merely reflect better counting methods. The WWF and the Global Tiger Forum say there are now 3,890 of the animals in the wild, as opposed to the low point of 2010, when there were 3,200.


William and Kate meet Sachin Tendulkar

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met Indian cricketing royalty as they took part in a game with Sachin Tendulkar and children from a Mumbai slum on the first day of their trip to India. The couple also laid a wreath in memory of the 2008 terror attack victims and attended a gala dinner. They were to travel to Delhi today to visit the National Gandhi Museum.


Briefing: What the Pope's new guidance means for Catholics

Pope Francis has published long-awaited guidelines clarifying the Catholic Church's position on family life, love and marriage. Amoris Laetitia, or The Joy of Love, does not make any changes to religious doctrine, but does call for greater compassion and less judgement within the Church. The 256-page document is highly nuanced and both conservatives and liberals have found cause for celebration. Acknowledging this, the Pope said: "I do not recommend a rushed reading of the text."

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