Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Sunday 19 Sep 2010

The Pope

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... POPE's regret FOR 'UNSPEAKABLE' CRIMESThe Pope yesterday came the nearest yet to an apology for sexual abuse by Catholic priests as he met victims of “unspeakable” crimes by priests on the third day of his visit to the UK. Today, the PM will contradict the pontiff’s earlier claims that religion is marginalised in British society, saying: “Faith is part of the fabric of our country.” The Pope's UK visit in pictures berbatov hat-trick stops liverpoolA stunning hat-trick from Dimitar Berbatov has stopped Liverpool's comeback from 2-0 down at Old Trafford and left Manchester United with a 3-2 home win. During a dramatic match, fans were subjected for the second week in a row to Man United throwing away a two-goal lead, until the Bulgarian's intervention saved the day. Premier League review: Arsenal claim injustice after late Bent goal US SOLDIERS ‘KILLED CIVILIANS FOR SPORT’Documents from a military court have revealed new details of a secret “kill team”, a conspiracy to kill Afghan civilians for sport among US soldiers. It is alleged five men, including Jeremy Morlock (22) and Calvin Gibbs (25), killed Afghan civilians for "fun" and kept fingers and a skull as trophies in the worst war crimes claim of the conflict. Father tried to warn US military of rogue soldiers UK CATHOLICS PRO-ABORTION, SAYS POLLAs the Pope enters the last day of his four-day visit to Britain, a startling new survey suggests that 7 out of ten UK Catholics believe a woman should have the right to choose whether to have an abortion while 9 out of ten support contraception. The YouGov poll is the largest of its kind and shows the pontiff out of step with British believers. Pope's aide calls Britain 'Third World' Public figures hit out at Pope visit FREE THE WEED SAYS TOP COPOne of the UK’s most senior policemen, Humberside chief constable Tim Hollis, has proposed decriminalising the use of drugs such as cannabis in order to divert police resources to tackle high-level drug dealers. Hollis is the chair of the Association of Chief Police Officers’ drug use committee and his intervention will be seen as significant. George Michael jailed for driving ‘out of his brain’ PROZAC CAN RELIEVE PERIOD PAINSNew research from a UK university suggests that small doses of the antidepressant Prozac can completely reverse the symptoms of PMS (Pre-Menstrual Syndrome), including joint pain, anxiety, headaches, tearfulness and sore breasts. The drug is administered in a very low dosage, with few side effects, for a few days during each cycle. 2009: Journalist claims Brown takes strong antidepressant ROW AS PEER’S DAUGHTER BAGS JOBEyebrows have been raised in Whitehall after the daughter of a Tory peer and business associate of culture minister Jeremy Hunt was given a civil service job in his department, says the Observer. Naomi Gummer, 26, was Hunt’s parliamentary assistant for two years, but shifted to the civil service in a “highly unusual” move in June. Jeremy Hunt backs campaign to save 6Music X FACTOR’S CHLOE IS HOOKERAn X Factor contestant, Chloe Mafia - real name Chloe Heald - has revealed details of her life as a hooker. Speaking to an undercover reporter from the News of the World, the 20-year-old single mother said: “In a good week I clear ten grand. I’ve got a high sex drive – when I’m on it, I’m on it!” Heald, who left school at 13, said her clients included TV personalities and said she did not feel degraded by her profession. Will Americans get The Cheryl Cole Factor? JON STEWART TO LEAD ‘MILLION MODERATE MARCH’US political satirist Jon Stewart, whose Daily Show is a must-watch for liberal under-thirties, is to hold a ‘Rally to Restore Sanity’ in Washington DC next month in an attempt to counterbalance the extremities of the Tea Party movement. The TV host’s fans will march under banners saying ‘I disagree with you, but I don’t think you’re Hitler’. When satire is calling Sarah Palin a “fucking retard” PLUMP ARMY CHIEF PAYS £1,000 FOR UNIFORM The new head of the Army paid out £1,000 of his own money for a new dress uniform after taking the job as his old one no longer fit him. A source told the Mail on Sunday that General Sir Peter Wall, who is 55, weighs 20 stone and has not sat a fitness text for a decade, even though every officer and soldier is supposed to pass one every year. Cuts mean Britain can no longer go to war

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