Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Monday 18 Jul 2011

John Yates

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. JOHN YATES QUITS OVER NOTW SCANDALMet police assistant commissioner John Yates has has become the latest victim of the News International phone-hacking scandal. Yates stood down today over his role in hiring NotW executive Neil Wallis, who was arrested as part of the inquiry last week. Yates also decided not to re-open the phone-hacking investigation in 2009. His resignation comes after Sir Paul Stephenson quit on Sunday. Yates goes, PM dodges resignation questions Commons recess delayed for phone hacking debateDavid Cameron has delayed the Commons summer recess after Labour MPs called for the opportunity to debate the issues that emerge after Rupert Murdoch and Met police chief Sir Paul Stephenson give evidence to parliamentary committees investigating News of the World phone hacking tomorrow. Meanwhile, Cameron will cut short an official visit to South Africa because of the crisis. The ‘Murdochalypse’ could claim David Cameron Even Tories say Cameron’s head could roll now Murdoch empire: 60 years to build, 15 days to ruin NEW CHARGE: JUDE LAW'S PHONE 'HACKED IN NEW YORK'The phones of Jude Law and his assistant Ben Jackson were allegedly hacked by the News of the World shortly after they landed at JFK airport in New York, it was reported last night. The first specific allegation of hacking on US soil leaves Murdoch's News Corp open to prosecution in America. The FBI is also investigating unspecified claims of hacking into the phones of victims of 9/11. STRAUSS-KAHN 'WAS ON THREE-WOMAN BINGE'Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn has told his wife Anne Sinclair that he actually bedded three women during the hours he was in New York before his arrest on charges of attempted rape of a Sofitel hotel maid, the French magazine Le Point reported yesterday. He explained that he needed to let off steam before running for the French presidency. New York rally demands prosecutors pursue DSK HARRY POTTER FINALE BREAKS BOX OFFICE RECORDSThe final Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, has shattered box office records in the US and Canada, taking $168m over its opening weekend, Warner Brothers reported last night. The series has earned more than $6 billion worldwide. The previous opening weekend record was held by Batman: The Dark Knight, with $158m. In pictures: The end of Harry Potter TWeet RECORD set DURING WOMEN'S WORLD CUP FINALA new record for the highest number of tweets posted per second on the social networking site Twitter was set during the Women's World Cup final on Sunday night. At one point, as Japan beat the USA on penalties 7,196 tweets were being published per second. Even US president Barack Obama posted a message during the shoot-out. TOP AFGHAN KILLED AS NATO STARTS SECURITY HANDOVERA top aide to Afghan president Hamid Karzai, Jan Mohammad Khan, was killed in a gun battle at his home in Kabul yesterday as Nato forces began transferring operations in Bamiyan province to Afghan security forces and US general John Allen took over from David Petraeus as head of the Western troops. Karzai's half-brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, was assassinated last week Can Allen do better than Petraeus in Afghanistan? MANDELA'S BIRTHDAY MARKED WITH VOLUNTARY WORKNelson Mandela's 93rd birthday will be celebrated in South Africa today with tens of thousands devoting 67 minutes of their day to doing good works - one minute for each of the years the anti-apartheid leader and former president devoted to the service of his country, including 27 years in jail. July 18 was named Mandela Day by the United Nations in 2009. GEEKY BOFFIN WINS 'APPRENTICE'The winner of the BBC's The Apprentice was last night revealed as Tom Pellereau, a geeky 32-year-old inventor of such devices as a curved nail file. Lord Sugar declared that "it's just a gut feeling", but he will invest the show's £250,000 stake in Pellereau's plans for office furniture which prevents back pain, and develop other products with him. PANORAMA HOSPITAL SLAMMED BY WATCHDOGThe hospital at the centre of a BBC investigation has been slammed for a "systemic failure to protect people" by a health watchdog. The Care Quality Commission review of Winterbourne View near Bristol was ordered after Panorama filmed patients being pinned down, slapped and taunted.

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