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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Thursday 24 Feb 2011

Julian Assange extradition

Our popular news catch-up service is posted Monday to Friday at 8.00 am. You can rely on it to keep you up to date through the working day with the main news talking points. GADDAFI BLAMES BIN LADEN FOR LIBYA VIOLENCE Muammar Gaddafi has told Libyan TV that Osama bin Laden is to blame for the violence in the country. In a phonecall from the western town of al-Zawiya he said the al-Qaeda leader was manipulating protestors, who were "stoned with drugs". Meanwhile David Cameron has said he is "extremely sorry" for the government's handling of the evacuation of British nationals from Libya. Planes have now begun flying Britons home. Escape from Libya - pictures Robert Fox: Should the West intervene? The post-Iraq moral dilemma ASSANGe can be extradited, says judgeJulian Assange can be extradited to Sweden to face sexual misconduct allegations, a judge has ruled. Assange is accused by two women of three counts of sexual assault and one of rape in Stockholm last August. His lawyers argued that he would not receive a fair trial in Sweden. Assange will appeal the verdict. BODLEIAN GETS LE CARRE'S LITERARY ARCHIVE Spy writer John le Carre has donated his literary archive to Oxford University's Bodleian Library, where drafts of some of his best known works, including Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, will be displayed alongside correspondence and photos. Le Carre is the pen name of David Cornwell, who said: "I am delighted to be able to do this. Oxford was Smiley's [le Carré's fictional intelligence officer] spiritual home, as it is mine." Le Carre donates literary archive to the Bodleian NEW ZEALAND QUAKE: DEATH TOLL MOUNTSOverseas search teams have joined local rescue workers in Christchurch, New Zealand, as the struggle continues to find survivors of Tuesday's earthquake. At least 98 people are known to have died, including two Britons, but 226 are still missing - as many as 120 of them under the collapsed Canterbury Television building. PM John Key said: "The loss of life could be more substantial than anyone of us had ever dreamed of." In pictures: New Zealand earthquake CROWDS CHEER WILLIAM AND KATE in ANGLESEYPrince Williams and his fiancee Kate Middleton were greeted by crowds of well-wishers in Anglesey on their first official engagement as a couple. The couple were guests of honour at the naming of a new RNLI lifeboat in the seaside village of Trearddur Bay. William is stationed nearby at RAF Valley, where he works as a search and rescue helicopter pilot. They had asked for their first engagement to be on the island. LOCKERBIE: GADDAFI 'PERSONALLY GAVE ORDER'Col Gaddafi personally gave the order for the 1988 bombing of the the PanAm jetliner that crashed over Lockerbie, killing 270 people, according to the Libyan leader's former justice minister. Mustafa Mohamed Abdel-Jalil, who has resigned in protest at the killing of civilian protesters, told the Expressen newspaper: "I have proof that Gaddafi gave the order about Lockerbie." 'CHURNALISM' SITE SET TO EMBARRASS FLEET ST A new website, churnalism.com, looks set to cause the UK national press embarrassment over their use of press releases which many outlets publish unchecked and sometimes unchanged. According to the Guardian, the site, launched by the Media Standards Trust charity, allows readers to paste press releases into a 'churn engine' which then looks for the resultant press reports in a constantly updated database of more than three million articles. NME AWARDS: GROHL HONOURED, BIEBER MOCKED New Jersey rockers My Chemical Romance won best international band at the Shockwave NME Awards at London's Brixton Academy last night. Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl was the first non-Brit to receive the Godlike Genius Award. Muse were best British band, and Hurts best new band. Arcade Fire won best album for The Suburbs - but fellow Canadian Justin Bieber got the prizes for least stylish and worst album. He was not there to collect them. Justin Bieber 'Least Stylish' – even before new haircut ZIMBABWE ARRESTS OVER ARAB PROTESTSRobert Mugabe appears to be taking steps to prevent the kind of protests that have taken place in the Arab world spreading to Zimbabwe. Forty-six people were detained and charged with treason after watching videos of uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. They were held after attending an event in Harare to discuss the violence in north Africa. UK IMMIGRATION INCREASES 22 PER CENTThe number of immigrants settling in Britain rose by 22 per cent last year according to the Office for National Statistics. In 2010 a total of 237,890 people were allowed to settle in the UK, the figure was 194,780 the previous year. The number of asylum related cases jumped from 3,110 to 5,125. The number of people leaving the country also fell last year. It stood at 57,085, the lowest number for five years.

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