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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Tuesday 12 Apr 2016


Steel crisis: Emergency debate in Commons

MPs will hold an emergency debate on the crisis facing the steel industry today, called by shadow business secretary Angela Eagle. Meanwhile, Labour MP Stephen Kinnock has accused Sajid Javid of "making policy on the hoof" after the Business Secretary suggested the government might "co-invest" in the industry.


David Miliband warns of dangers of EU exit

Former foreign secretary David Miliband will today say that British leaving the EU would leave the country politically "disarmed" and would involve giving up more power than any nation ever has in peacetime. Miliband, who quit politics in 2013, will speak in a personal capacity for the Britain Stronger in Europe group.


Brazil's Rousseff a step closer to impeachment

President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil is closer to being forced out of office early after a congressional committee voted 38 to 27 in favour of impeaching her over claims she manipulated government accounts to hide a national deficit. Police expect mass protests in the capital, Brasilia, after the vote, which has divided the nation.


Trump lashes out at 'rigged' Colorado caucus

Donald Trump, frontrunner to be Republican presidential candidate, has lashed out at the party's electoral system in Colorado, saying the caucus he lost to Ted Cruz there was "rigged" and a "crooked deal". Trump has a strong lead in New York, where primary elections will be held next Tuesday, as does Hillary Clinton for the Democrats.


Led Zeppelin face Stairway to Heaven trial

Veteran UK rock group Led Zeppelin must face a jury who will decide if they plagiarised part of their classic song Stairway to Heaven, 45 years after its release. A case has been brought by a trustee for the now-deceased musician Randy Wolfe, whose band, Spirit, recorded an instrumental song called Taurus in 1967 which is said to have similar opening chords.


Inspectors warn of 'squalor' at London jail

Prisoners at Wormwood Scrubs in London are living in "Dickensian squalor", say prison inspectors and reformists, who claim the jail is is rat-infested and overcrowded. The prisons watchdog found that safety has deteriorated since a previous inspection raised serious concerns 18 months ago. Many prisoners are afraid to leave their cells.


LSD scans a breakthrough for neuroscience

Scans of the human brain under the influence of LSD have been hailed as a major breakthrough for neuroscience. Users processed visual information with different parts of the brain and the networks dealing with vision, attention, movement and hearing became far more connected, even after the effects of the drug have worn off.


Reality TV star David Gest found dead at hotel

Music producer David Gest, the ex-husband of Liza Minelli, has died at the age of 62. His body was discovered at the Four Seasons hotel in Canary Wharf on Tuesday morning. The former Celebrity Big Brother star and close friend of Michael Jackson was pronounced dead at the scene. News of his death was announced by his friend, Imad Handi.


EU to force large companies to disclose tax arrangements

The European Union has unveiled plans to force large companies to disclose more about their tax affairs, revealing how much tax they pay in each EU country as well as their links to tax havens. Meanwhile, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's call for all politicians and journalists to reveal their tax returns has comein for widespread criticism.


Briefing: Half of UK Muslims 'think homosexuality should be illegal'

More than half of British Muslims believe homosexuality should be banned, according to a poll. The survey, commissioned for Channel 4 documentary What British Muslims Really Think, revealed that 52 per cent thought homosexuality should be illegal, while 47 per cent said gays and lesbians should not teach in schools, however, the Channel 4 survey has been criticised for not being representative of the country's Islamic community as a whole.

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