Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Friday 6 Nov 2015

1. Egypt plane 'had bomb in luggage hold'

UK intelligence sources believe militants brought down the Russian airliner which crashed in Egypt on Saturday killing 224 people by placing a bomb in the hold just before take-off, the BBC reports. British spies are said to have intercepted communications from the militants shortly after the crash in Egypt's Sinai peninsula.

2. Fallon: morally indefensible not to bomb IS

Defence secretary Michael Fallon has said it is "morally indefensible" for the UK not to bomb Islamic State in Syria, claiming the UK is relying on the US and other states to carry out air strikes to keep British streets safe. He said that a Commons vote on whether to start bombing would be held "when we are pretty sure we can win".

3. Egypt: UK holidaymakers 'paid to skip security'

A British couple has told Sky News that they paid £20 to skip queues and security checks at Sharm el-Sheikh airport earlier this year after being approached by a security guard. Dale Parkyn said the gravity of the situation was only brought home to him when he learned a Russian passenger jet had crashed after leaving the airport.

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4. Chile admits Neruda may have been murdered

The government of Chile has admitted that Nobel prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda may have been killed by the Pinochet regime in 1973, rather than dying of cancer as has always been officially claimed. Neruda, best known for love poems, was a leftist politician and diplomat and was a close friend of president Salvador Allende.

5. Three police officers injured at Anonymous march

London's Met police say three officers were injured and treated in hospital last night after clashing with demonstrators marching against austerity and capitalism at an event organised by the online group Anonymous. One police car was set on fire and around 50 arrests were made after crowds gathered in Parliament Square.

6. Rumsfeld hits back at Bush with senility claim

After it emerged yesterday that George HW Bush, the elder of the two ex-presidents, had told a biographer that his son's former defence secretary was "arrogant" and "served the president badly", Donald Rumsfeld has hit back. Rumsfeld said the 91-year-old Bush Sr was "getting up in years" and had "misjudged" his son.

7. Cliff Richard interviewed again by police

Singer Cliff Richard, 75, has been interviewed by police for a second time as they investigate alleged sexual assaults, said a spokesman who reiterated that Richard denies all such allegations. He was interviewed under caution last year by police investigating a claim of a sex crime involving a young boy in the 1980s.

8. Dying Star Wars fan given private screening

A dying fan of the Star Wars films has been granted an early private screening of the latest instalment after an online campaign backed by actor Mark Hamill. Diagnosed with cancer, 32-year-old Daniel Fleetwood of Houston, Texas, has been given weeks to live. He was called and offered the chance to see the film by director JJ Abrams.

9. Cameron, pig's head and Clarkson burnt

A huge effigy of David Cameron wearing only union flag briefs and carrying a pig's head was burned at the usual bonfire night parade in Lewes, East Sussex. The pig's head was a reference to claims of a lewd act committed by the PM as a student made in a book by Michael Ashcroft. Also immolated were Sepp Blatter and Jeremy Clarkson.

10. Briefing: what maketh a lady?

Country Life magazine has published a 39-step guide to becoming a lady - to the bemusement of readers. It follows on from their guide to becoming a gentleman and presents itself as a "part serious, part tongue-in-cheek" list of qualities that define a modern lady. She is, it seems, neither early for a dinner party nor late for church, doesn't over-pluck her eyebrows and excels at making love, lasagne and long gin and tonics. To some, it's a "depressingly domestic" reinforcement of traditional gender roles.

What maketh a lady? Country Life has the (long) list

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