Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Wednesday 30 Mar 2016

1. Myanmar has civilian leader after 50 years

Myanmar now has a civilian president after more than 50 years of military rule. Htin Kyaw, a close aide of national icon of democracy Aung San Suu Kyi, was sworn in this morning. Suu Kyi is barred from the presidency because her children have British passports but has said she will rule behind the scenes.

2. Tata Steel to sell all its British steelworks

The UK government is considering "all options" for the Tata steel plants in England in Wales, including state aid, after the company voted yesterday to sell the plants. The leaders of Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Conservatives have called for the Welsh Assembly to be recalled to discuss the crisis. Union leaders had travelled to Mumbai to urge the Indian firm to keep them open.

3. EgyptAir hijack Briton delighted with photo

A Briton who was among the last four hostages released by a man who hijacked a plane wearing a fake suicide belt yesterday posed for a photograph with the "bomber" in what he believed could be his final moments. Ben Innes, 26, grins broadly in the picture as he stands next to Seif Eldin Mustafa. "It has to be the best selfie ever," Innes told The Sun.

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4. Trump may not support Republican candidate

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has backtracked on a pledge he signed in September to support the eventual Republican candidate whoever that might be. The businessman, whose campaign manager has been arrested for assaulting a reporter, said he had been treated "very unfairly" by the party and might renege.

5. Brazil: Rousseff faces impeachment as coalition splits

President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil has suffered a potentially fatal blow to her hopes of seeing out her four-year term in office. The PMDB, the biggest party in Congress, has voted to abandon her ruling coalition. The defection will increase Rousseff's chances of losing an impeachment vote over her campaign finances.

6. Mr Kipling considering US buy-out bid

Premier Foods, the British firm whose brands include Mr Kipling and Bisto, is considering a fresh buy-out offer from herbs and spices-maker McCormick, which owns Schwarz. The company revealed last week it has turned the US firm down twice already. The latest offer ups the value of Premier Foods's shares from 60p to 65p each.

7. De Menezes family lose European court battle

The family of Jean Charles de Menezes, who was shot dead by police at a London Tube station in 2005, has lost a European court battle over his killing. They had claimed the decision of UK prosecutors not to act against the officers who shot him was wrong and that the bar for prosecution should be lower. However, the court ruled the shooting did not breach Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Jean Charles de Menezes: What happened in 2005?

8. O'Donnell: EU exit deal could take a decade

If the UK votes to leave the EU, it will take longer than two years to negotiate and exit deal, claims former cabinet secretary Gus O'Donnell. Under the terms of the Lisbon Treaty, any country leaving the organisation has two years to complete a deal. However, O'Donnell says it could take a decade and that asking other nations for more time would be a "bit scary".

Brexit: Theresa May says ‘trust me’ to deliver

9. Rylance, Elba and Smith nominated for TV Baftas

Wolf Hall star Mark Rylance and Luther's Idris Elba are in the running for the best actor award at this year's TV Baftas, along with Ben Whishaw and Stephen Graham. Sheridan Smith is tipped for the leading actress award for her role in drama The C-Word. Wolf Hall, Humans, The Last Panthers and No Offence will fight it out for the best drama series prize.

10. Briefing: Why Belgium released bombing suspect

The only suspect charged over last week's terror attacks in Brussels was released this weekend. Belgian media identified the man as Faycal Cheffou, an amateur journalist who was believed to be the third would-be bomber pictured in CCTV footage from Brussels airport. He was arrested on Saturday and charged with terrorism offences and murder, but prosecutors later said: "The indications that led to the arrest of Faycal C were not substantiated by the ongoing inquiry. As a result, the subject has been released by the examining magistrate."

Brussels attacks: New footage shows suspect fleeing airport

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