Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Monday 25 Oct 2010

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Our popular news catch-up service is posted Monday to Friday at 8.0 am, and on weekends at 11.0 am. You can rely on it to keep you up to date with the main news talking points... CLEGG CALLS FOR IRAQ TORTURE 'ANSWERS'The 400,000 military field reports posted by Wikileaks have revealed fresh evidence that the US military knowingly handed over detainees to the 'Wolf Brigade', a notorious Iraqi torture squad. Deputy PM Nick Clegg told the BBC's Andrew Marr on Sunday that the allegations of torture and abuse during the Iraq war "needed to be looked at" - but said it was up to the Americans to answer for the actions of their forces. Robert Fox: Assange has helped serve the truth CHERYL COLE 'MIMED HER PERFORMANCE'A sizzling performance of her new single Promise This by Cheryl Cole on The X Factor last night turns out to have been pre-recorded. Worse, she apparently mimed parts of the performance. Producers initially denied the mounting online allegations that she had mimed - but, according to the Daily Mail, insiders later admitted that she may not have sung every word. Singer John Adeleye become the latest contestant to be voted off. PALIN TELLS REPUBLICANS 'VICTORY IS AT HAND'At a Republican rally in Orlando, Florida on the penultimate weekend before the US mid-term elections, Sarah Palin said: "The momentum is with us, but now is not the time to let up. It ain't over till it's over - we can't get cocky about this yet." The party hopes to recapture the House of Representatives and the Senate on November 2, seriously curtailing Barack Obama's ambitions for the second half of his presidential term. ARSENAL CAN'T MATCH DUTCH STUNNERArsenal are now second in the Premier League after beating Manchester City 3-0 at Eastlands yesterday. Arsenal capitalised when City had Dedryck Boyata sent off after just five minutes and had to play with 10 men. However, the Gunners were unable to match the extraordinary feat of PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch league: after Feyenoord were reduced to 10 men on 34 minutes, PSV ran away with a record-breaking 10-0 victory. Arsenal profit against 10-man City SIMPLE STATE PENSION PLAN: £140-A-WEEK FOR ALL The coalition government is considering a simplified state pension system. Means-testing would be abolished and every pensioner would receive a straight £140 a week. This would mean an income of £7,280 a year for single pensioners and £14,560 for couples. Stay-at-home mothers, who often fail to qualify for the full basic pension because they have taken time out from work, would be the big winners. CHILEAN MINERS 'TRAPPED' BY MEDIA ATTENTION There is growing concern over the mental health of the 33 Chilean miners rescued 12 days ago from the San Jose mine collapse. Some are drinking heavily, several have said they hate the media attention, and one man broke down in tears at a dinner held in their honour. Psychiatrist Alberto Iturra said they were missing the "more peaceful" confines of the mine. Miners 'not ready for the outside world' BLOOD TYPE O 'BARRIER TO BECOMING PREGNANT'Women with blood type O appear to face more difficulties becoming pregnant because they have a lower egg count, according to research in the US. Dr Edward Nejat, of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, will present his findings today in Denver. About 44 per cent of all women in Britain are type O. They could be urged to try for children at a younger age. ISLAMAPHOBE EXTREMISTS THREATEN 'SHUT-DOWN'The extreme right-wing English Defence League, which aims to fight "Islamic supremacism" in Britain, has threatened to use 10,000 "foot soldiers" to "shut down" towns and cities if the Government and local councils "pander" to multiculturalism. The threat came as the EDL held a rally outside the Israeli embassy in London on Sunday. It was addressed by Nachum Shifren, a right-wing Californian rabbi who is a regular speaker at Tea Party events. EDL spread their tentacles POLO CLUB BOSS KILLED IN AIR CRASHThe chief executive of the Guards Polo Club at Windsor, Charles Stisted, has been killed in a helicopter crash in Northern Ireland. Princes William and Harry, who both play at the club, were said to be "shocked and saddened" by the news. Stisted was returning from a day's shooting when the helicopter crashed near the summit of Eagle Mountain. His host, businessman Ian Wooldridge, and the pilot also died.

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Jack Bremer is a London-based reporter, attached to The Week.co.uk. He has reported regularly from the United States and France.