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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Friday 7 Jul 2017

1

Trump and Putin to meet at G20 summit

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have met for the first time at the G20 summit in Hamburg, and will hold one-to-one talks this weekend. The US President visited Poland yesterday and used a speech in Warsaw to accuse Russia of acting as a destabilising force "in Ukraine and elsewhere" and of testing the will of the West.

2

Business leaders call for Brexit delay

Business leaders from the CBI and other groups have called on the government to indefinitely delay leaving the EU single market and customs union in Brexit in order to arrange a transitional arrangement can be negotiated. Such a delay would "almost certainly" mean keeping freedom of movement, says The Guardian.

3

Gonorrhoea 'superbug' spreading around world

An untreatable strain of the sexually-transmitted infection gonorrhoea is spreading around the world, warns the World Health Organisation. Revealing what it called a "very serious situation", the organisation said there were three known cases where the disease had resisted antibiotics. It added this could be "tip of the iceberg".

4

Cyprus reunification talks collapse without deal

UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres announced in the early hours of this morning that talks on the reunification of Cyprus had collapsed without a deal being reached, "despite the very strong commitment and engagement of all the delegations and different parties". The island has been divided into Greek and Turkish halves since 1974.

5

Cancer sufferer Bradley Lowery dies

Bradley Lowery, the six-year-old football fan whose battle with cancer touched thousands, has died. Diagnosed with neuroblastoma at 18 months. Sunderland supporter Lowery became the club's mascot and formed a close bond with striker Jermain Defoe. He was also a mascot for Everton and England. His death was confirmed by his parents on social media.

6

Police use water cannon on G20 protest

Police in Hamburg have fired water cannon and tear gas on protesters for a second day, ahead of the G20 summit which takes place in the city today and tomorrow. Thousands of anti-capitalist protesters have taken to the streets and clashes have left dozens of police and demonstrators injured. US First Lady Melania Trump has been unable to leave her hotel because of the protests.

7

Grenfell inquiry lead 'couldn't hold room'

The retired judge who is to lead the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire in London, Sir Martin Moore-Bick, yesterday attended a meeting of the Grenfell Action Group of former residents in the block. According to one member of the group, Joe Delaney, the former judge "couldn't even control the crowd at the meeting".

8

Stream-ripping now fastest-growing music piracy

"Ripping" content streaming from YouTube, Spotify and other sites is now the fastest-growing form of music piracy in Britain, according to research by the Intellectual Property Office. The group says 15% of adults regularly use sites or apps which facilitate stream-ripping to illegally download tens of millions of tracks every month.

9

Teenager dies in minibus collision

A 14-year-old girl has died after a school minibus taking pupils on an art trip crashed in Birmingham. Another girl was taken to hospital and 24 people, including the lorry driver, were treated at the scene. Pupils from John Taylor High School in Staffordshire were on a trip to Birmingham's Botanical Gardens and Wolverhampton Art Gallery when their vehicle collided with a bin lorry.

10

Briefing: How can Britain solve its productivity 'puzzle'?

When analysts and business commentators talk about economic productivity the understandable reaction of most people is to switch off. As obscure, abstruse economic concepts go, productivity is right up there. No one really – not even economists – really understands why it goes up and down, but all are convinced it's very important indeed. But maybe we should all be taking more interest in the concept. Leaving aside debates about inequality and relative poverty, the real determinant of the prosperity of a population over time is probably its productivity.

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