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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Wednesday 20 Apr 2016


US Treasury secretaries warn UK against Brexit

Eight former US Treasury secretaries have written an article for The Times saying leaving the EU would be a "risky bet" for the UK and would threaten London's status as a world financial capital. Leave campaigners said the letter was a tactic of the Remain campaign, but Downing Street insisted it was unsolicited.


Brussels suspect Osama Krayem charged over Paris

Belgian media is reporting that Osama Krayem, sometimes known as Osama K, has been charged in connection with the Paris terror attacks. The 23-year-old Swede of Syrian descent has already been charged with terror offences over the Brussels bombing. He is believed to have bought the bags which were used to hold the bombs.


Port Talbot boss to launch Tata UK buyout

Stuart Wilkie, the head of the Port Talbot steelworks, is to launch a management buyout of Tata Steel's UK operations, which the Indian firm wants to sell. Wilkie proposed a survival plan to Tata which was rejected. Unions welcomed the news. The closure of Britain's steelworks would put tens of thousands of people out of work.


Trump and Clinton win New York primaries

The frontrunning candidates for the Republican and Democratic nominations for the US presidency won their primary elections in New York yesterday. Votes are still being counted this morning but Donald Trump has 60 per cent of the Republican vote, while Democrat Hillary Clinton, a former New York senator, is on 58 per cent.


William: I take royal duties seriously

Prince William has rebutted criticism over his workload, including headlines dubbing him "workshy", saying he takes duty "very seriously" and is ready to take on more when the time comes. But he added: "I don't lie awake at night waiting to be king." William was speaking ahead of the Queen's 90th birthday tomorrow.


Islamic State 'planning nuclear and biological attacks'

Islamic state is plotting to carry out biological and nuclear attacks on Britain and Europe, security chiefs have warned. The terror organisation is also looking into developing ways to avoid security measures, such as using bombs implanted in human bodies and hacking driverless cars. Experts also told a conference that IS could "split in two" as it moves into Europe.


Tate to put on queer British art show

London's Tate Britain is to mark 50 years since the decriminalisation of male homosexuality with a landmark exhibition of queer art. Works by David Hockney, Francis Bacon, John Singer Sargent, Duncan Grant, Dora Carrington and Ethel Sands will be featured in what will be the gallery's biggest show of the year in 2017.


Comedian Victoria Wood dies aged 62

Tributes have flooded in for comedian Victoria Wood, who has died at the age of 62 after a "short but brave battle with cancer". She died "peacefully" at her north London home surrounded by family, said her publicist. Wood shot to fame on talent show New Faces in 1974 and became a household name in the 1980s with a series of hit TV shows. She was awarded the CBE in 2008.


Anders Breivik wins human rights case

A court in Norway has upheld the claim of mass murderer Anders Breivik that he had been subjected to "inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment" in prison. Breivik brought the case over his solitary confinement and the excessive use of handcuffs, repeated strip searches and being woken up during the night. The right-wing extremist killed 77 people in attacks in July 2011.


Briefing: The Taliban spring offensive - myth or reality?

Dozens of people have been killed and hundreds more injured in a coordinated Taliban attack in the centre of the Afghan capital Kabul. The car bomb and gun attack occurred near key ministries and government offices, and marks the beginning of the militant group's annual "spring offensive". But Waheed Massoud, from the BBC's Afghan Service, says the so-called offensive is simply part of a propaganda war. "The group fights all year round and so do the Afghan security forces," he says. "It is the story of the past 37 years."

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