Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Monday 17 Oct 2011

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BRITISH DRIVER KILLED IN INDYCAR PILE-UPBriton Dan Wheldon, one of the best-known sporting faces in the US, has been killed in a horrific 15-car collision (above) at the Indy 300 in Las Vegas. The 33-year-old double Indy 500 winner, originally from Milton Keynes, was airlifted to hospital but pronounced dead two hours after his car was sent airborne over another in the crash. Death in Las Vegas: the legend of Dan Wheldon TABAK STRANGLED YEATES FOR 20 SECONDSThe trial of Vincent Tabak, accused of murdering Jo Yeates, heard that he strangled her for just 20 seconds after she screamed when he put his hand around her back. In an extract from Tabak's defence statement he said he put his hand round her neck and used "moderate" force but did not intend to kill or seriously harm Yeates. GERMANY DAMPENS EUROZONE HOPESGermany has dampened hopes that a solution to the eurozone crisis will be agreed by the end of the week. German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble said there would be no "definitive solution" by the weekend. Share markets that had begun the week in a positive mood immiately began to fall. The EU summit begins next Monday. TOURIST 'WAS EATEN BY CANNIBALS'Remains found on a camp fire on the remote pacific island of Nuku Hiva are thought to be those of German adventurer Stefan Ramin who had sailed to the island with his partner Heike Dorsch. Ramin went on a goat hunt with local man Henri Haiti on 16 September and has not been seen since. Police are searching for Haiti. Missing German yachtsman may have been eaten PROTESTERS SETTLE IN ON ST PAUL'S STEPSHundreds of protesters spent a second night camping in front of St Paul's cathedral last night as part of the global 'Occupy' anti-corporate demonstrations. Some said they hoped to keep the camp going until Christmas. A group spokesman claimed the canon of St Paul's, Giles Fraser, welcomed them and asked police to leave. In pictures: 'Occupy' movement comes to London Global protests ‘spring from failure of the Left’ BIG SIX ENERGY FIRMS SUMMONED TO NUMBER TENDavid Cameron is holding emergency talks today with representatives of the UK's 'Big Six' energy firms and the energy regulator Ofgem. The Prime Minister will urge British Gas, Scottish and Southern Energy, Scottish Power, E.ON, RWE, npower and EDF to find ways to avoid further price rises over the coming harsh winter. OCCUPY WALL STREET RAISES $300,000The Occupy Wall Street movement, protesting about corporate greed, has been forced to open a bank account after raising $300,000. The money has been donated over the internet and at the protests. The organisers have opened an account with the Amalgamated Bank, "the only 100% union-owned back in the United States". MURRAY ABOVE FEDERER IN RANKINGSAndy Murray has risen to third, above Roger Federer, in the tennis world rankings after winning the Shanghai Masters tournament, his third title in as many weeks. The Scot now has 25 wins in 26 matches and is above Federer for the first time in his career. The last time the Swiss player was outside the top three was in June 2003. Andy Murray overtakes Federer in world rankings LIBYA: FORCES ENTER TOWN LOYAL TO GADDAFIThe NTC (National Transitional Council) of Libya has announced that forces have entered the city which is one of the the last strongholds of support for ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Bani Walid. Some reports said NTC fighters had got past the 1,500 Gaddafi loyalists to reach the centre of the town, but this was not verified. It’s game over in Libya ­ but where is Gaddafi hiding? HOT TICKET: 'KEVIN' AT LONDON FILM FESTIVALThe much discussed film adaptation of Lionel Shriver's Orange-prize-winning novel We Need to Talk About Kevin finally screens in Britain today at the London Film Festival. Tilda Swinton stars as the beleaguered mother of a teenage high school killer. If you can't find a ticket - it opens in UK cinemas this Friday.

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