Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Tuesday 22 Mar 2011

japan Rikuzentak

Our popular news catch-up service is posted Monday to Friday at 8.00 am. You can rely on it to keep you up to date through the working day with the main news talking points. US warplane crashes over libyaA US F-15 Eagle warplane has crash-landed in Libya after a third night of bombing raids against the Gaddafi regime. Both pilots are safe after successful rescue operations. Meanwhile the Libyan government has said that more civilians were killed in last night's attacks on Colonel Gaddafi's air defences. Civilians had earlier been drafted, or volunteered, to act as human shields around military sites. Everyone's going wobbly over Libya 'mission creep' Libya: Italians fear Gaddafi revenge attack JAPAN QUAKE DEATH TOLL PASSES 18,000More than 18,000 people are now thought to have been killed by the massive earthquake which hit Japan 10 days ago - and the tsunami it triggered. The World Banks says the damage may cost as much as £145bn. At the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, meanwhile, engineers have managed to restore electric power. Fukushima workers on kamikaze mission PHOTOS SURFACE OF US TROOPS WITH AFGHAN CORPSESUS diplomats fear the publication by German magazine Der Spiegel yesterday of three photographs of American troops posing with the bodies of murdered Afghan civilians could cause outrage in the region. The pictures were taken by a self-styled 'kill team' of rogue US soldiers facing military justice for their crimes. BOYFRIEND'S APPEAL FOR MISSING SIANKevin Reape, whose partner Sian O'Callaghan went missing from a Wiltshire nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning, has made a tearful plea for information. The 22-year-old was last filmed on CCTV leaving Suju in Swindon at 2.52am, telling friends she would be back inside after "ten or fifteen" minutes. Police search forest after woman of 22 goes missing KATE TO HONEYMOON IN POSH FROCKSKate Middleton has phoned Victoria Beckham to say she would like to wear evening gowns from Posh's Spring/Summer collection during her honeymoon. The 29-year-old also asked the former Spice Girl, whose clothes are popular in Hollywood, for general fashion tips, according to unnamed "friends" of Beckham's quoted in the Sun CANOE WOMAN FORGIVEN BY SONSAnne Darwin, the wife of so-called 'Canoe Man' John Darwin who faked his own death in a canoeing accident to claim life insurance, has repaired her relationship with her two sons. Anne was released two weeks ago; John in January. The Sun claims Anne has told her friends her sons have forgiven her for lying about John's death. SUMO WRESTLER COMPLETES MARATHONAmerican wrestler Kelly Gneiting has become the heaviest person ever to finish a marathon. The former US sumo champion weighed in at 28.5 stone – though when he crossed the line 9 hours, 48 minutes and 42 seconds later he had lost four pounds. Gneiting, who says he "floats like a cork" now hopes to swim the English channel. FUKUSHIMA CONVERTS MONBIOT TO NUCLEARPugnacious green campaigner and journalist George Monbiot says the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan has changed his mind about nuclear power – in favour of it. Monbiot says the fact that a massive earthquake caused reactors to blow up, yet with no fatal exposures to radiation, convinced him nuclear is a necessary evil. Monbiot joins Lovelock in the nuclear power camp CHINA SAYS GOOGLE ACCUSATIONS 'UNACCEPTABLE'China has hit back at accusations by Google that Beijing-backed hackers have been interfering with Gmail, according to the Guardian. A foreign ministry spokeswoman said: "This is an unacceptable accusation." She refused to comment further. Gmail users in China have been experiencing problems over the past month - a period that has coincided with a crackdown by authorities on internet freedoms. BBC may stop night time broadcastsThe BBC may stop broadcasting at night as part of a review aimed at saving billions of pounds. Asked if night-time programmes may be stopped altogether, BBC Director General Mark Thompson said: "Obviously that's one theoretical possibility or you might do something else, you might put something else on." The BBC spends £150 million a year on overnight programming, according to the Daily Telegraph.

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