Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Monday 22 Feb 2016

1. Cameron 'absolutely furious' with Boris over Brexit

David Cameron has told MPs that Britain's renegotiated membership of the EU means that the country can have the "best of both worlds". He was outlining his case a day after London mayor Boris Johnson said he would campaign to leave the EU, arguing it is a chance "to vote for real change". Cameron is said to be “absolutely furious” with his decision.

Theresa May rejects calls to increase Indian visa quota

2. Millions still without water after Delhi canal protest

More than ten million people are still without water in Delhi after the army regained control of the city's main source, the Munak canal, which was closed by protesters last week. Members of the Jat community seized and sabotaged the canal, demanding better job and educational quotas for their caste. At least 16 people have been killed in the protests.

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3. Michigan killing suspect was an Uber driver

An Uber driver is being held over the deaths of six people in a seemingly random shooting spree in the Michigan city of Kalamazoo. Jason Brian Dalton, 45, was arrested after attacks at three locations on Saturday. Two people, including a 14-year-old girl, remain in a serious condition. Uber says it performed a background check on Dalton and that it was "horrified and heartbroken at the senseless violence".

Uber driver accused of killing six in random shooting spree

4. Islamic State kills 130 in car-bomb attacks

Islamic State unleashed a series of car bombs in Syrian cities yesterday, killing at least 130 people. As Kurdish fighters and Syrian government forces bear down on the jihadists’ de facto capital of Raqqa, the terror group claimed responsibility for a series of strikes on Shia-dominated neighbourhoods in the cities of Homs and Damascus.

5. Philip 'cheated on the Queen', says documentary

A new TV documentary claims the Duke of Edinburgh cheated on the Queen. Channel 5's Inside Buckingham Palace claims that Prince Philip took another woman on board the royal yacht Britannia during a trip in 1956, while historian Dr Piers Brendan says: "He and the others behaved like playboys. Naked showgirls were talked about." A spokesman for the Duke refused to comment.

6. Heavy losses for the pound amid EU exit fears

The pound has experienced its worst day on the currency exchanges amid fears that Britain could vote to leave the European Union. At one point on Monday, it had fallen by more than two per cent against the dollar and was on course for its biggest one-day loss since the Bank of England cut interest rates to 0.5 per cent in 2009. The pound has lost four per cent of its value so far this year.

Brexit: Theresa May says ‘trust me’ to deliver

7. Fiji cyclone death toll rises to 20

At least 20 people have died in Cyclone Winston, which struck Fiji at the weekend. The category-five storm was one of the strongest recorded, with winds in excess of 200mph. Villages are reported to have been obliterated and some areas remain cut off, with around 80 per cent of the population being left without regular electricity.

8. Cheers as German refugee shelter catches fire

Mobs in Germany "celebrated with unabashed shame" in front of a burning refugee shelter, prompting officials to condemn the "disgusting" behaviour. Up to 30 drunken onlookers reportedly clapped and cheered as a former hotel, which was being converted into a centre for asylum-seekers, caught fire in Bautzen, Saxony.

9. 'Bacon Double Cheeseburger' among deed-poll names

A record number of people changed their name by deed poll last year. The 85,000 new names include Bacon Double Cheeseburger, Penelope Pitstop and Mr and Mrs Amazing. "One man changed his name to Happy Birthday," said Louise Bowers, of the UK Deed Poll Service. "It gave us a chuckle but if that is what they want to do, it's their choice."

10. FA Cup sixth-round draw: Chelsea travel to Merseyside

Everton will host Premier League rivals Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, while the winner of this evening's tie between Manchester United and League One Shrewsbury will host West Ham. Championship side Reading face Crystal Palace at home and Watford will travel to the winner of Arsenal and Hull's replay.

Chelsea destroy makeshift Man City to book Everton showdown

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