Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Thursday 30 Sep 2010

Two Tahitian women by Paul Gauguin

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... PAKISTANI TROOPS 'KILLED IN NATO RAID'Following the revelation that US special forces have mounted three helicopter commando raids across the Afghan-Pakistan border in the past fortnight - as reported by Robert Fox yesterday - the Pakistanis are claiming this morning that three of their soldiers have been killed in an "unprovoked attack" by a Nato helicopter. AFP reports a Pakistani official claiming the three men died at a checkpoint three miles inside Pakistan. Nato is investigating the claim. TATE'S GAUGUIN A RECORD-BREAKERThe blockbuster Gauguin show opening today at the Tate Modern has sold the most pre-ordered tickets of any show in the gallery's history. More than 100 paintings from collections around the world have been gathered together for 'Gauguin: Maker of Myth'. Luscious landscapes and sultry nudes from his 1890s Tahiti period are displayed alongside lesser-known wood carvings and ceramics. First word from the critics: it'll be London's art show of the year. TONY CURTIS DIESActor Tony Curtis has died at the age of 85. The Hollywood legend was found at his Nevada home following a suspected heart attack. The actor's daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis, praised her father: "He leaves behind a legacy of great performances in movies and in his paintings". His 120-odd films included The Vikings, Spartacus and, perhaps his most celebrated role, Some Like it Hot, in which he starred opposite Marilyn Monroe. Tony Curtis dies of heart attack In pictures: the life of Tony Curtis STUDENT FILMED HAVING SEX JUMPS TO DEATHA student at New Jersey's Rutgers University has committed suicide after fellow students filmed him having sex with a man in his room and streamed the images live on the internet. Tyler Clementi, 18, chose the same ending as the New Jersey chef lambasted by Gordon Ramsay - reported here yesterday - by jumping off the George Washington Bridge into the Hudson Rover. One gay rights campaigner described what the two students did as a hate crime. Gay student jumps to death, the latest victim of cyber-bullying RAHM EMANUEL READY TO QUITAfter weeks of 'will he, won't he?' speculation in Washington, Barack Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, will announce tomorrow he is leaving the White House to run for mayor of Chicago. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, he will move to the Windy City immediately, ready to start campaigning before the weekend is over. Will he be the severe loss to Obama some are predicting? No, says The First Post's US columnist Alexander Cockburn. Alexander Cockburn on Obama's dud Svengali Ayodhya holy site to be partitionedAn Indian court in Allahabad has divided a hotly contested religious site in Ayodhya three ways. Muslims will get a third, Hindus another third, and a minority Hindu sect called Nirmohi Akhara will be given the remainder. Around 2,000 people died in 1992 in intercommunal violence when Hindus tore down the 16th-century Babri Masjid mosque. Lawyers for all sides say they will contest the verdict. TIMES SQUARE PLOTTER 'HAD SECOND BOMB'Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-born US citizen convicted in June of attempting to blow up a car bomb in Times Square, New York, had plans to detonate a second bomb a fortnight later, according to prosecutors. They have revealed the second plot ahead of sentencing on October 5, when they will be seeking a life term for Shahzad. ELECTRIC HYBRID JAG UNVEILEDA new electric hybrid Jaguar described as 'the E-type for the 21st Century' is expected to be the star attraction at the Paris Motor Show today. It aims to combine old-fashioned Jag performance with ultra-modern technology - the car's power coming from a lithium ion battery and rear-mounted gas turbines. A Prius it is not: the two-seater C-X75 boasts nought to 62mph in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 200mph. TOUR DE FRANCE: NEW DRUGS SCANDAL?Alberto Contador, the winner of this year's Tour de France, has been suspended by cycling's governing body after testing positive for the banned steroid clenbuterol. The drug was found in a urine sample taken on July 21, four days before he sealed his Tour victory. Contador, 27, claims food contamination is responsible for the result and is determined to clear his name. The best excuses for failing a drugs test CHILEAN MINERS WANT $1M EACHFamilies of 27 of the 33 trapped miners are suing the San Esteban mining company and the Chilean government for at least $27m in damages - $1m per man - for acting negligently in reopening the mine in 2008 after a series of accidents. The news comes as the miners prepare to be winched to the surface next month in specially constructed rescue capsules measuring just 21in across - the minimum required to fit the largest of the trapped men.

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is a London-based freelance journalist who has also worked in marketing. His interests include archaeology and opera.