Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Thursday 23 Sep 2010

MV Mari Marmara

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... UN PANEL ACCUSES ISRAEL OF WAR CRIMESIsrael committed war crimes through wilful killing, unnecessary brutality and torture when its commandos attacked a ship carrying Turkish activists attempting to break the Gaza blockade, says a UN panel of human rights experts. Nine activists died on MV Mari Marmara (above) in May. Israel has dismissed the report as "politicised and extremist". 'Easing' of Gaza blockade not a great concession BECKHAM SUES OVER PROSTITUTE CLAIMSDavid Beckham is taking the US magazine In Touch to court after it published a claim by a 26-year-old woman, Irma Nici, that she slept with the LA Galaxy player in a New York hotel room in August 2007. She said: "We had great chemistry." A spokesman for Beckham said the allegations were "completely untrue and totally ridiculous". David Beckham sues over prostitute's claim HOW OBAMA FOUGHT THE MILITARYA new book by veteran reporter Bob Woodward – one of the men who uncovered the Watergate scandal – has revealed the depth of enmity between Barack Obama’s White House with the US military over the deadline for withdrawal from Afghanistan. Leaked ahead of publication, Obama’s War also claims Hamid Karzai has manic depression. Father tried to warn US military of rogue soldiers MOYLES: ON-AIR RANT OVER PAYFans of Radio1 DJ Chris Moyles were startled by a 30-minute tirade yesterday against his BBC bosses for not paying him for two months. "Can you imagine if Terry Wogan had not got paid for two months?" he asked. The BBC blamed a computer error. According to the Daily Mail, Moyles is suffering the end of a long-term relationship. Stephen Fry slams BBC 'culture of fear' TYLER AND LOPEZ TO JUDGE US IDOLSinger Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith front-man Stephen Tyler have confirmed they will be judges on the new series of American Idol after months of rumours. They step in as grumpy Simon Cowell leaves, but Lopez hinted her style may differ from his, saying: "I believe in tough love but I don't think I can ever be cruel to another artist.” BBC unveils starrier new Strictly line-up COBBLERS! LIVERPOOL OUT OF THE CUPLiverpool's difficult start to the new season was compounded yesterday when they were knocked out of the Carling Cup by the League Two side Northampton. Still 2-2 at extra time, the game went to penalties. Both David Ngog and Nathan Eccleston missed from the spot for Liverpool while the Cobblers – Northampton was once the country's shoe manufacturing capital – held their nerve. Liverpool humbled by Northampton PHOENIX EYED FOR HOOVER BIOPICJoaquin Phoenix is director Clint Eastwood's top choice to play alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in a movie about the infamous J Edgar Hoover, director of the FBI for 37 years. Eastwood wants Phoenix to play Hoover's lover, Clyde Tolson. Some pundits thought Phoenix's career was over after he faked a breakdown for I’m Still Here. All fake: Joaquin Phoenix meltdown and film CABLE: ROYAL MAIL SHOULD BE LIKE JOHN LEWISBusiness secretary Vince Cable revealed plans to sell off part of Royal Mail as he addressed the Lib Dems' annual conference yesterday. Unions responded with scepticism to Cable’s suggestion that 10 per cent of shares could be transferred to Royal Mail employees, creating a John Lewis-style workers' partnership. The Mole: Can someone shine a light on Cable's murky world? DINOSAUR HAD FIFTEEN HORNSA new species of dinosaur has been discovered fossilised in the Utah desert. Kosmoceratops had a remarkable 15 horns on its large skull: one above and below each eye, one on its nose and a bizarre-looking fringe of 10 down-turned horns across the back of its neck. It measured five metres from nose to tail, with a 2-metre skull. MAN WHO MICROWAVED HAMSTER JAILEDA man who microwaved his pet hamster after a drunken row with his girlfriend, killing it, has been jailed for nine weeks. Twenty-nine-year-old Anthony Parker from Hartlepool was banned from keeping animals for five years after the court heard Syrian hamster Suzie had probably "died in agony" as a result of his cruelty.

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