Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Wednesday 25 May 2011

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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. OBAMA GETS STANDING OVATION IN WESTMINSTERUS president Barack Obama was given a standing ovation as he addressed MPs and peers at Westminster Hall today and told them that the bond between Britain and the US was special because of the "the values and beliefs that have united our people through the ages". Earlier Obama and David Cameron attended a Downing St barbecue hosted by their wives for the families of people involved in joint US-UK military missions. The Mole: Obama tells MPs: Britain and the US are different The Mole: Burgers and waffle: the Barack and Dave show In pictures: Obama visits London FIFA HIT BY MORE CORRUPTION CLAIMSThere have been more allegations of corruption at Fifa, this time from within the organisation itself, just days before the election of a new president. Qatari Mohamed Bin Hammam (above, right) who is sanding against Sepp Blatter (left) in the presidential vote, is one of the members accused of bribery, along with Jack Warner. The allegations have been made by American Chuck Blazer. Fifa rocked by new bribery claims on eve of vote VOLCANIC ASH: flights RETURN TO NORMALAir traffic across Europe is returning to normal as the volcanic ash from the eruption of Grimsvotn in Iceland dissipated. Berlin was the last major European airport to be affectedm, but it reopened its airspace at this afternoon. More than 700 flights were cancelled yesterday, stranding thousands of passengers, as airlines complained of over reaction to the ash danger. In pictures: Iceland volcano Grimsvotn erupts journalists' cars ATTACKED OUTSIDE GIGGS's HOMEMasked men pulled up in a van yesterday and slashed the tyres of cars belonging to journalists and photographers camped outside the Worsley home of footballer Ryan Giggs, who is at the centre of the row over privacy injunctions. In a letter to the Daily Telegraph this morning, former Press Complaints Commission chairman Lord Wakeham called on the government to change the law to stop the "intolerable" rush of injunctions. The return of Beckham takes the heat off Giggs LAGARDE CONFIRMS SHE WANTS IMF JOBFrench finance minister Christine Lagarde has confirmed that she is in the running to become the next leader of the IMF, after the resignation of the disgraced Dominique Strauss-Kahn. She is now the favourite to land the role, although she could still be investigated in France over her role in a scandal involving Bernard Tapie. Some countries also want a non-European to be appointed. Christine Lagarde says she will run for IMF job ITALIAN MAFIA BOSS CAPTUREDItalian mafia boss Giuseppe Dell'Aquila has been arrested near Naples after nine years on the run. He is seen as an influential member of the Camorra crime syndicate and is believed to be the leader of the Mallardo clan. He was wanted on charges of extortion, robbery and money laundering. He has been described as a "ferocious killer" who has commited more than 100 murders. GORDON RAMSAY'S FATHER-IN-LAW loses injunctionCelebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's father-in-law has been unmasked as the holder of a superinjunction which had prevented newspapers identifying him. Chris Hutcheson was fired by Ramsay last year after a very public falling out. The courts decided yesterday that he could be named after all - and will rule later on whether the details of his personal life he sought to keep secret can be made public. Gordon Ramsay’s father-in- law’s injunction lifted STRAUSS-KAHN COLLECTS IMF PAY-OFF AND PENSIONDominique Strauss-Kahn, who stepped down from heading the IMF after being charged with attempting to rape a New York hotel chamber maid, is being paid a severance of $250,000 and a small pension. French newspaper Le Monde reported last night that a security consultancy, Guidepost Solutions, has been commissioned by defence lawyers to investigate the background of his accuser, a 32-year-old from Guinea. Strauss-Kahn ‘to pay off hotel maid’ over ‘rape’ satellite CAMERA FINDS NEW PYRAMIDS IN EGYPTAn archaeologist from Alabama yesterday revealed how she discovered 17 pyramids, 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient buildings in Egypt by using an ultra-powerful infra-red satellite camera, sponsored by US space agency Nasa. "We've moved on from Indiana Jones," said Dr Sarah Parcak, who was amazed by the extent of the discoveries. MARMITE IS LATEST BRITish DELICACY BANNED BY DANESMarmite, the British spread made from brewers' yeast, yesterday joined Rice Krispies, Shreddies, Horlicks and Ovaltine on a Danish blacklist. The products have been banned because they are fortified with vitamins and are therefore a supposed threat to public health. Abigail's, an expat store in Copenhagen ordered to take the iconic spread off its shelves, complained to the Telegraph that Danes are "not allowed to do anything any more". Should the UK ban Marmite as well?

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