Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Friday 1 Jul 2011

William and Kate celebrate Canada Day

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. STRAUSS-KAHN 'TO BE FREED FROM HOUSE RELEASE' Dominique Strauss-Kahn was expected to be 'freed' from house arrest and have his $5m bail bond returned to him when he went to court in New York today at 11.0am local time. Instead, he will be put on regular bail and allowed to travel within the US. This follows last night's revelation that the hotel maid who accused him of attempted rape is recognised by prosecutors to be an unreliable witness. Alexander Cockburn: Attempted rape case on verge of collapse Could he still be president of France? PUBLIC SECTOR STRIKE HAD ‘MINIMAL IMPACT' Yesterday's strike by an estimated 300,000 teachers and 100,000 civil servants over pension reforms had "minimal impact", Downing Street claimed. Although 7,000 schools closed, there was little disruption to airports, courts or Jobcentres. Negotiations continue next week. First reaction: Time for Ed Miliband to get off the fence JACKPOT FOR MURRAY IF HE WINS WIMBLEDONAndy Murray, meeting Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals today, will win a £2.6m jackpot if he goes on to become the first British men's Wimbledon champion in 75 years. The Sun says winning the tournament would trigger lucrative clauses in sponsorship deals with the RBS, Adidas and Head. But even if he loses, Britons can cheer on 17-year-old Liam Broady, who has reached the boys' singles final. Press catch Murray fever ahead of today’s semi-final TWO DENY LAWRENCE MURDERGary Dobson and David Norris, the two men accused of murdering young black teenager Stephen Lawrence in 1993, have pleaded not guilty at the Old Bailey. They appeared by video link from Belmarsh prison. Their trial is due to take place in November. Lawrence was stabbed to death in a racist attack at a south London bus stop. FOREIGN WORKERS ‘TAKE TOO MANY UK JOBS'Mass immigration poses the biggest threat to the coalition's attempts to get millions of people off benefits, says the work and pensions secretary Ian Duncan Smith. Latest figures show than 90 per cent of 400,000 jobs created in the last year have gone to foreign workers. BLACKHURST BECOMES INDEPENDENT EDITORChris Blackhurst is to replace Simon Kelner as editor of the Independent. Kelner, who had been at the paper for 13 years, has become editor-in-chief, but the day-to-day running of the paper will be handed to Blackhurst, the London Evening Standard business editor and former Indy deputy editor. WILLIAM AND KATE CELEBRATE CANADA DAYPrince William and the Duchess of Cambridge were due to take part in Canada Day celebrations on the second day of their official tour of the country. The couple were given a rapturous receptions as they laid a wreath at Ottawa's war memorial and shared a barbeque with local teenagers on Thursday. Do William and Kate have the right man as adviser? PEER JAILED FOR FIDDLING EXPENSESLord Hanningfield, the former Tory peer and Essex Council leader, has been jailed for nine months for fiddling his parliamentary expenses. He was convicted of six fraud charges amounting to almost £14,000 in May. The 70-year-old said he would seek leave to appeal against the verdict. CIA FACES INVESTIGATION INTO KILLINGS The US Attorney General Eric Holder announced yesterday that he was launching criminal investigations into the deaths of two terrorist suspects in the custody of the CIA in foreign countries in its "rendition" programme notorious for torture. But the investigation of another 100 cases was "not warranted". PRESIDENT CHAVEZ ADMITS TO CANCERHugo Chavez, the anti-American president of oil-rich Venezuela, is seriously ill with cancer, he admitted for the first time in Cuba yesterday. Speculation was rife after he cancelled a meeting. He had flown to Cuba to have a pelvic ulcer and tumour removed after Fidel Castro told him that he looked unwell. Hugo Chavez admits he is in Cuba for cancer care

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