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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Monday 2 May 2016

1

Unite boss: Labour MPs 'setting traps' for Corbyn

The head of the UK's biggest union, Unite, has accused some Labour MPs of "setting traps" for their party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, after polling suggested the party is on course for its worst local election performance in 35 years. Len McCluskey named Liz Kendall, Michael Dugher, Ian Austin and Wes Streeting as undermining Corbyn.

2

Sturgeon: Second independence vote 'off the table'

Scotland's first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has said a second referendum on independence is "off the table" until there is a clear majority in favour after she was accused of misleading voters when claiming she would respect the result of the 2014 vote. She spoke during a TV debate ahead of the Scottish parliamentary elections.

3

Restaurants to be forced to let staff keep tips

The Government has unveiled proposals to stop restaurants from withholding tips from staff, and boost transparency for customers. Business secretary Sajid Javid said he has been "disappointed" by the practice of letting staff keep only part of their tips, or making tips count as part of their pay, at some of the "well-known chains".

4

British troops take on peacekeeping in Somalia

An advance party of 10 British Army soldiers are in Somalia, it has been revealed, supporting African Union troops in their fight against terror group al-Shabab. Around 70 personnel will eventually be in the troubled African nation, carrying out medical, logistical and engineering duties. Some 300 troops will be sent to South Sudan.

5

Cameron says friendship with Johnson damaged

David Cameron has said he is "not such good friends" with London mayor Boris Johnson since the latter decided to back the Leave vote in the 23 June EU referendum. The two men have been close since their days at Eton and Oxford University. In the same interview, he said that Brexit would not strengthen the UK's border controls.

6

Trump accuses China of 'raping' the US

Property tycoon Donald Trump, frontrunner to be the Republican candidate for the US presidency, has accused China of "raping" the US with it trade policy and said it has carried out "the greatest theft in history" by manipulating its currency to make exports competitive. Trump's campaign has been full of inflammatory language.

7

US: Georgia to allow students to carry guns

The US state of Georgia is poised to pass laws allowing students over the age of 21 to carry concealed weapons to university. The state governor must decide whether to veto a bill legalising guns on campus this week. Eight other states have already passed similar legislation. Supporters believe it will allow victims of mass shootings to fight back.

8

Tibet: Climbers bodies found after 16 years

The bodies of two respected American climbers have been discovered "encased in blue ice" in a glacier on the world's 14th-highest peak, Shishapangma in Tibet, 16 years after they were killed by an avalanche. Alex Lowe was 40 and close friends with climbing partner David Bridges, 29, when they were hit in October 1999.

9

Leicester boss to be on plane for decider

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri will be on a flight back from visiting his mother in Italy when a match between Tottenham and Chelsea tonight decides his team's fate. The former no-hopers yesterday drew 1-1 with Manchester United and will be crowned champions, their first top-flight title in 132 years, if Spurs fail to beat Chelsea.

10

Why Jacob Zuma may be forced out of office

South Africa's High Court has ruled that a decision to drop 783 corruption charges against South Africa's President Jacob Zuma should be reviewed. The charges had been dropped in 2009 just weeks before the election in which Zuma become president, but the presiding judge, Aubrey Ledwaba, said that the decision not to pursue the charges had been "irrational." Zuma has recently survived several challenges that could have ended his seven-year reign, but many analysts believe the accumulation of scandals may still force 73-year-old from office.

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