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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Monday 25 Apr 2016


Last-ditch attempt to stop Trump by rivals

Donald Trump's nearest rivals for the Republican US presidential nomination are joining forces to try to stop him, a move branded "desperate" by the property mogul. Ted Cruz and John Kasich say they will stay out of each other's way in remaining primaries, with Cruz saying he will give Kasich Oregon and New Mexico.


BHS in administration, putting 11,000 jobs at risk

High street retailer BHS is expected to file for administration today, jeopardising around 11,000 jobs across the UK. The clothing store has been struggling for years and was sold by TopShop impresario Sir Philip Green for £1 last year. Dave Gill, of shopworkers' union USDAW, said management had refused to talk to the unions.


A&E strike to go ahead as Hunt rejects trials

Junior doctors, including those providing emergency care, will strike tomorrow and Wednesday after Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt rejected a Labour-brokered deal to avert industrial action, under which new contracts said by doctors to be unfair and unsafe would have been trialled and assessed rather than introduced wholesale.


Gay rights activist 'hacked to death' in Bangladesh

A leading gay rights campaigner in Bangladesh has been hacked to death by suspected Islamist militants. Julhas Mannan, an editor at the country's only LGBT magazine, Roopbaan, was attacked in an apartment in the capital Dhaka. One other person was killed and another survived the attack. Mannan was also the organiser of the annual Rainbow Rally, which was this year banned by police.


Prince 'worked 154 hours straight' before death

Prince's brother-in-law says the musician "worked 154 hours straight" before his death. Police say they have "no reason to believe" the singer, who died last week, took his own life and there were "no obvious signs of trauma" to his body. Meanwhile, a senator in Minnesota has called for the colour purple to be adopted as an official colour in the singer's home state.


Army captain dies after London Marathon collapse

An Army captain who collapsed during Sunday's London marathon has died. David Seath, 31, suffered a cardiac arrest three miles short of the finish, near the 23-mile mark, close to Southwark Bridge. The Afghanistan veteran was taken to St Thomas' Hospital but died later. He had been selected to train officers in the Afghan National Army.


Man dragged from tent by crocodile

An Australian man on a fishing trip in the country's Northern Territory was dragged from his tent by a crocodile in the middle of the night. The 19-year-old managed to kick the animal away. He is being treated in hospital for non-life threatening puncture wounds to his foot and lower right leg.


Me and Mrs Jones singer Billy Paul dies

Soul singer Billy Paul, best known for the 1972 number-one hit Me and Mrs Jones, has died at home in New Jersey at the age of 80. Paul, a star of the famous Philadelphia soul scene of the early 1970s, worked with the writing and producing team of Leon Huff and Kenneth Gamble. He was known for his beard and large spectacles.


Hillsborough jury reaches majority decision

The decision of the Hillsborough jury on whether the 96 Liverpool fans who died in a crush at an FA Cup semi final in 1989 will be announced on Tuesday. The jury of six women and three men had been deliberating since 6 April after hearing evidence for two years. They have reached a majority decision.


Briefing: Are celebrity deaths getting more frequent?

First, it was David Bowie. Then Terry Wogan - and then Alan Rickman, Johan Cruyff, Ronnie Corbett, Paul Daniels, Victoria Wood and now, Prince. And that's only four months into 2016. To many, it seems as if the last few months have been especially deadly for famous faces. But have there really been more high-profile deaths than usual?

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