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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Wednesday 27 Apr 2016


Hillsborough families praised by Home Secretary

Home Secretary Theresa May has praised the "extraordinary dignity and determination" of the families and friends of the 96 Liverpool fans who died at Hillsborough in 1989. A jury yesterday found failings by police and ambulance services caused the deaths, rather than the actions of supporters.


Apple: First fall in sales for 13 years

Apple has suffered its first fall in sales for 13 years, with much of the drop caused by China's economic woes. The tech giant's shares have fallen seven per cent so far on the news that it saw a 13 per cent drop in sales for the first quarter of the year. It has sold 16 per cent fewer iPhones so far this year and predicts the decline will continue in the next quarter.


Venezuela moves to two-day working week

Venezuela has introduced a two-day week for public sector workers as it faces a serious energy crisis caused by a drought which has dramatically reduced water levels at its main hydroelectric dam. "There will be no work in the public sector on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays," Vice President Aristobulo Isturiz said.


Trump: I am the presumptive nominee

Donald Trump yesterday won in all five north-eastern US primaries and declared himself the "presumptive nominee" for the Republicans. Democrat Hillary Clinton also did well, winning four out of five states. Trump attacked Clinton as weak and crooked and said she had nothing going for her except playing the "woman's card".


British Cycling boss quits amid discrimination claims

The head of British Cycling has quit after being suspended for allegedly calling Paralympic athletes "gimps" and "wobblies". Australian Shane Sutton was already under fire over sexism claims - track rider Jess Varnish alleged he told her she was "too old" and should "go and have a baby". Sutton said he was resigning "in the best interests of British Cycling".


US air strikes 'have destroyed $800m of IS cash'

US military officials say they have destroyed up to $800m (£550m) in cash held by the Islamic State. The money was destroyed in air strikes, said Major General Peter Gersten, after crews deliberately targeted cash reserves. He said the action has led to a 90 per cent rise in defections and fewer new arrivals.


UK economic growth falls to 0.4 per cent

The UK's economic growth slowed to 0.4 per cent in the first quarter of the year, down from 0.6 per cent in the previous three months after a drop in manufacturing and construction output, according to official figures. However, the figure was in line with expectations and marks the 13th consecutive quarter of positive growth for the UK.


Twelve-year-old runs half marathon by mistake

A 12-year-old girl in New York ran a half marathon by mistake after confusing the starting line with that of a 5km fun run. LeeAdianez Rodriguez realised her mistake but wanted to finish the race, which she did in 2hrs, 43mins and 31secs. Her mother had alerted police, who found her with her medal.


Hospitals 'cope well' with junior doctor strikes

Junior doctors in England have been taking part in the second day of an all-out strike over attempts to impose a new contract on them. The action was due to end at 5pm on Wednesday. Hospitals are said to have coped well with the strike on Tuesday, with A&E units quieter than expected, but many routine appointments had to be postponed.


Briefing: The long road to justice for Hillsborough victims

In 1989, the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest ended in tragedy as a crush at the Leppings Lane end of Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium led to the death of 96 Liverpool fans, with more than 750 people injured. It has taken more than 27 years for the families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died to get justice. Here is how the journey to the unlawful killing inquest verdicts unfolded.

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