Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Friday 25 Mar 2011


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. NATO TAKES OVER LIBYA MISSIONDespite opposition from the French, Nato has agreed to take charge of the UN-backed mission to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya. The US is expected to hand over command of the mission as early as Wednesday next week. Yesterday, French fighters shot down a Libyan plane over the besieged rebel-held town of Misrata. Libya rebels: Gaddafi could be right about al-Qaeda The Mole: War on Gaddafi is costing a bomb Night stalker sentenced to 27 yearsDelroy Grant, the 'Night Stalker', has been jailed for a minimum of 27 years after being found guilty of a series of sexual assaults and burglaries against elderly people. The 53-year-old is suspected of around 600 attacks in and around south London over a period of 17 years. Judge Peter Rook told Grant, whose oldest victim was 89: "Your utter depravity knows no bounds." The Night Stalker scandal: police were complacent SIAN O'CALLAGHAN: POLICE SEEK SECOND BODYPolice have found the body of Sian O'Callaghan, the Wiltshire woman who went missing on Saturday night, after arresting a 47-year-old taxi driver for kidnap and murder. Chris Halliwell is believed to have given police the location of a second body – according to the Sun, a prostitute who went missing more than a decade ago. LIZ TAYLOR: FASHIONABLY LATE FOR HER OWN FUNERALA convoy of stretch limousines swept into Forest Lawns Memorial Park in Glendale, California, yesterday as actress Dame Elizabeth Taylor was laid to rest. The actress, who died on Wednesday of heart failure, had left instructions that her remains should arrive fashionably late, keeping the mourners waiting for 15 minutes. Westboro hate group aim to picket Liz Taylor funeral Drinks with Liz Taylor and under-performing Burton In pictures: Elizabeth Taylor, 1932 - 2011 FUEL DUTY CUT DOESN'T MAKE IT TO PUMPSGeorge Osborne's 1p per litre cut in fuel duty doesn't seem to have trickled down to customers at the pump. While supermarkets Asda and Morrison's claimed to have passed the reduction on immediately, most garages seemed not to have done so. There are even reports that some cynically put prices up by 1p the day before the budget. FANS CAMP OUT AS 3DS AND IPAD2 LAUNCHHundreds of gamers took to the streets last night to be the first to buy Nintendo's new 3-D console, the 3DS, which went on sale at midnight. Student Marwan Elgamal, 21, was first, after camping out on Wednesday night and queuing on Thursday. Meanwhile Apple fans also slept on the streets for today's 5pm release of the iPad2. JUNK SHOP PAINTING MAY BE CEZANNE MASTERPIECEAn anonymous buyer who scooped in a junk shop painting for £100 because he liked the frame has been told it could be the earliest known work by 19th Century French painter Paul Cezanne. The buyer kept the painting in his attic for six years until he recognised its brushstrokes in a book. If it is by Cezanne, it may be worth £40m. MIDDLE EAST UNREST: YEMEN'S RULER MAY BE NEXTYemen's president of the past 32 years, Ali Abdullah Saleh, could step down within days after repeated defections to the country's opposition by senior members of the government, military and diplomatic service. He is said to be negotiating an exit deal. Weeks of demonstrations still threaten to turn into sectarian civil war. In pictures: Will Syria fall before Yemen? BOB GELDOF'S REALISTIC AMBITIONS FOR NEW ALBUMLaunching a new album, Bob Geldof has shown characteristic candour, admitting it is unlikely to sell – in the UK, at least. Best known for his campaigning and the Boomtown Rats hit I Don't Like Mondays, Geldof said: "Bizarrely enough, people do buy my stuff… Except in the UK, where they don't give a crap." Cameron urged not to back portugal BAILOUTConservative MPs have urged the Prime Minister not to use UK money to help bail out Portugal. The country's government collapsed on Wednesday night when PM Jose Socrates quit after failing to push through austerity measures, raising the likelihood of an EU bailout. The crisis dominated yesterday's EU summit in Brussels.

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