Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Friday 5 Aug 2011

Polar bear

Our popular news catch-up service is posted Monday to Friday at 8.0am. You can rely on it to keep you up to date through the working day with the main news talking points. POLAR BEAR KILLS BRITISH TEENAGER IN NORWAYA British teenager has been mauled to death by a polar bear on the Norwegian island of Svalbard, and four other men were badly hurt. The victims were part of a British Schools Exploring Society group of around 80 people, mostly aged between 16 to 23 who were camping on the island. Another member of the group shot the bear. SHARES FALL OVER DEBT CRISIS FEARSBetter than expected jobs figures from the US gave the world's stock markets some respite today, but the crisis of confidence caused by the eurozone debt crisis continued. The FTSE carried on falling on Friday having dropped 3.5 per cent on Thursday and while the Dow Jones made some ground early on it soon fell again, after its biggest fall for three years on Thursday. SPIES TOLD TO WEIGH TORTURE PAIN AGAINST VALUE MI5 and MI6 agents were told to weigh the pain they expected a terrorism suspect to suffer being tortured in foreign hands against the value of the information they could extract before joining the interrogation, the Guardian reports. It claims to have a top secret document of the policy. IMAGES REVEAL NEW EVIDENCE OF WATER ON MARSThe journal Science today publishes new images taken by a Nasa space probe of the mountains of Mars which scientists say may be the best evidence yet of flowing, liquid briney water, an essential ingredient for life earthly or 'alien'. In pictures: Water on Mars? CLINTON BLAMES SYRIAN GOVERNMENT FOR 2,000 DEADThe Syrian government is responsible for more than 2,000 deaths in its crackdown against protests, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday. Rebel leaders dismissed a decree from President Bashar al-Assad allowing opposition parties as a trick, and continued Ramadan protests. Robert Fox: Assad cannot hope to win the impending civil war In pictures: Inside Syria McCARTNEY TO SEE POLICE OVER MIRROR 'PHONE HACKing'Paul McCartney said last night that he appeared to have been a victim of phone hacking and will go to the police when he returns to the UK after his current US tour. His intervention follows allegations from his ex-wife Heather Mills that a Mirror group journalist admitted hacking a voicemail left by him. Hacking row wipes smile off Piers Morgan’s face Piers Morgan hits back at Mills phone hacking claim GOVERNMENT e-Petitions website crashesThe government's new e-petitions website crashed on its first day yesterday as hundreds of campaigns were launched. Some activists called for a return of the death penalty with one petition garnering 6,200 signatures by 4pm today. But a petition demanding the opposite was more popular with 11,500. First Reaction: death penalty PRESS FACE LOCKOUT AS FOOTBALL SEASON BEGINSThe new football season kicks off this weekend, but a dispute between the clubs and media organisations could lead to reporters and photographers being banned from many grounds. Newspapers could be forced to try and cover matches from outside. Sunday's Community Shield will be unaffected, but next week's Premier League games will be unless a solution is found. WINEHOUSE HOME TO BECOME HER FOUNDATION HQThe £2.5 million house in Camden where Amy Winehouse lived and was found dead two weeks ago is to become the headquarters of the Amy Winehouse Foundation promoting causes "close to her heart". The family thinks selling the singer's house would attract "the wrong sort of buyer". ROWAN ATKINSON CRASHES McLAREN SUPERCARRowan Atkinson, comedy star of Blackadder and Mr Bean, survived with a shoulder injury after crashing his £650,000 McLaren F1 supercar last night. He was driving near Haddon, Cambridgeshire, when he span the car three times and ran into a tree and a lamppost. The car was "demolished".

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