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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Saturday 30 Apr 2016


Jeremy Corbyn announces anti-semitism inquiry

Jeremy Corbyn has announced an independent inquiry into anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. It will be lead by Shami Chakrabarti, former head of campaign group Liberty. Meanwhile, senior figures are warning that Corbyn will face resignations from the shadow cabinet if his ally Ken Livingstone is not expelled from Labour.


Parents to boycott over tests 'that would stump Austen'

Thousands of parents will withdraw their children from school for one day next week in protest at tests taken by six and seven-year-olds. A campaign, Let Our Kids Be Kids, has received the support of many head teachers and mental health experts. Meanwhile, one head says the new grammar tests for primary school pupils would have stumped Jane Austen.


GP surgeries turn away refugees and asylum seekers

GP surgeries are refusing to register asylum seekers and refugees - even though they are entitled to treatment under NHS guidelines, according to charity Doctors of the World. Two-fifths of patients who have been registered by the charity have been turned away by medical practices in England. The Royal College of GPs says the issue is more about paperwork than discrimination.


Mobile phone roaming charges cut within EU

British tourists using their mobile phones in Europe are to enjoy reductions in their bills from today. Fresh caps are coming into effect on roaming charges within all 28 countries of the European Union. “By realising these changes, we're going to save British consumers millions of pounds a year,” claimed Ed Vaizey, the minister for the digital economy.


Indian regions ban daytime cooking as drought rages

Officials in India have banned daytime cooking in some parts of the drought-hit country. In a bid to prevent accidental fires that have killed nearly 80 more people, several regions have banned any cooking between 9am and 6pm. Much of the country is reeling under a weeks-long heat wave and severe drought conditions. Soaring temperatures have claimed more than 300 lives this month.


Trump speech delayed after protesters wreak havoc

A speech from Donald Trump was delayed when hundreds of protesters broke through barricades and threw eggs at police outside a California hotel where the Republican Party front-runner was due to address the state's Republican convention. Protesters had also forced Donald Trump to leave his motorcade and walk along a highway.


Ireland agrees a new minority government

Ireland will form a new minority government after Fine Gael and Fianna Fail, the Republic’s two main parties, reached an agreement last night. The parties have agreed the framework of a pact to enable a Fine Gael administration to govern for the period covering the next three budgets in the Irish parliament, where Fianna Fail will remain on the opposition benches.


Sir Philip Green could be face court battle

Sir Philip Green could be forced to hand over tens of millions of pounds to save the BHS pension fund, claim reports this morning. The controversial billionaire is being investigated by regulators over whether he adequately protected the retirement savings of 20,000 staff at the failed store chain he sold last year for £1. Experts say regulators could spark a court battle.


Russian oligarch plans 10-year Putin battle

A former oligarch jailed for 10 years by Vladimir Putin has vowed to devote another ten years to ousting the president and restoring democracy to Russia. Mikhail Khodorkovsky plans to oppose Putin from a new base in London. Asked whether he feared for his life, he told The Times that he preferred not to think about it — “because if you do you just go mad”.


Arsene Wenger says bank loans required him to stay

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says his commitment to the Gunners helped secure the bank loans required to fund the construction of Emirates Stadium. His side can move into third today with a victory over Norwich. Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino says he plans to extend his contract at White Hart Lane by two years until 2021.

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