Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Wednesday 10 Apr 2019

1. May’s hopes of short Brexit delay dashed

Theresa May is in Brussels today for an emergency EU summit at which she will ask for the Brexit deadline to be delayed until 30 June - but that request is expected to be refused. European Commission President Donald Tusk has already signalled that the bloc does not believe the prime minister can achieve consensus in the UK and is set to insist on a one-year postponement of the leaving date.

2. Israel’s Netanyahu on course for fifth term

Incumbent Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is on course for a record fifth term of office, despite facing corruption allegations as his country went to the polls this week. Votes were still being counted this morning but it seemed likely that there would be a new ruling right-wing coalition led by Netanyahu’s Likud party.

3. Police ‘failing to investigate stalking cases’

A report by a police watchdog has found that forces across England and Wales are failing to investigate cases of alleged stalking effectively or consistently. The review was launched in response to the 2016 death of 19-year-old Shana Grice, who reported an ex-boyfriend to police five times only to be fined for wasting police time. Grice was murdered by her ex months later.

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4. Dalai Lama taken to hospital in India

The Dalai Lama has been flown to hospital in Delhi from his hill-town base suffering from a chest infection. The 83-year-old spiritual leader for Tibetan Bhuddists is said to be in a stable condition. The once jet-setting Nobel Peace Prize winner has reduced the number of his public engagements around the world in recent years.

5. Labour considering house price inflation target for BoE

The Bank of England could be set a target for house price inflation, and handed tougher powers to restrict mortgage lending, under a plan being considered by Labour aimed at closing the gap between property prices and average incomes. The government already sets the central bank a target for general inflation – currently 2%.

6. Trump angry at ‘unfair’ ruling on asylum

US President Donald Trump has criticised a ruling by a US judge that blocks his policy of sending asylum seekers to Mexico while they wait to hear whether their applications are successful. Trump tweeted: “A 9th Circuit judge just ruled that Mexico is too dangerous for migrants. So unfair to the US.”

7. Wreckage of Japanese fighter found in Pacific

Parts of a missing Japanese F-35 stealth fighter have been found a day after it disappeared over the Pacific. Following the discovery of pieces of the tail, Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya announced that the plane was believed to have crashed but that the pilot was still missing. It is only the second time that a F-35 jet has crashed, according to experts.

8. US Fulham fan’s licence plate turned down

An American lawyer’s vanity licence plate application have been turned down in California because of “racial overtones”. A fan of London’s Fulham FC, Jon Kotler wanted the initials COYW, short for “Come On You Whites”, but the US Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) ruled that the plate would carry “connotations offensive to good taste and decency”.

9. Bees founding living under woman’s eyelid

Doctors in Taiwan found four bees living under a woman’s eyelid - and extracted them without harming the insects or their unwitting host. The 29-year-old woman, identified as He, had felt something go into her eye while tending a family member’s grave, and sought hospital treatment after it became painful and swollen. Doctors then discovered the so-called sweat bees, which are attracted to human perspiration.

10. Why Donald Trump is slapping the EU with £8bn tariffs

US President Donald Trump appears poised to reignite his ongoing trade war with the rest of the world, by imposing tariffs on $11bn (£8bn) of EU goods.

Why Donald Trump is slapping the EU with £8bn tariffs

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