Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Thursday 3 Mar 2011


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. ICC INVEstigates gaddafi for human rights crimesThe International Criminal Court has said it will investigate alleged crimes against humanity committed by Colonel Gaddafi and other Libyan government figures. Thousands of people are thought to have died in protests at the hands of government forces and the country is now in a state of civil war. Meanwhile, Dutch officials are negotiating with the Libyan government to secure the release of three Marines captured by Gaddafi's forces while organising the evacuation of European civilians from Sirte. The Mole: Libya wakes up to Cameron's willy-waving In pictures: Libya - the border crisis LADY GAGA LIGHTS UP PARIS FASHION WEEKIn a cloud of cigarette smoke, and sporting gigantic peroxide pigtails, singer Lady Gaga made her modelling debut in Paris last night at the Thierry Mugler show, in support of her personal stylist Nicola Formichetti, the label's new creative director. Gaga admitted to being nervous before the show. "If I vomit on the stage," she said, "it will be good press." MANNING MAY FACE DEATH PENALTY OVER WIKILEAKSThe US Army has filed 22 new charges against Bradley Manning, the intelligence analyst accused of leaking sensitive data to WikiLeaks, including the US embassy cables. Among the charges is one of "aiding the enemy", which carries the death penalty. The final set of charges Manning will face is not yet certain: this will be decided at a preliminary hearing in May or June. Julian Assange appeals against extraditionLawyers for Julian Assange have lodged an appeal at the High Court against a ruling that the WikiLeaks editor-in-chief should be extradited to Sweden where he is wanted for questioning over accusations of sexual misconduct. No date has yet been set for the appeal hearing. If the appeal is rejected, Assange is likely to be sent to Sweden within 10 days. MURDOCH's Bskyb takeover approvedCulture secretary Jeremy Hunt has approved a plan by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation to take over the 61 per cent of BSkyB it doesn't currently own. As part of the deal, Murdoch will 'spin off' Sky News and license the brand to a new company called NewsCo. The new operation will be funded by News Corp for 10 years. The concession is designed to answer the criticism that by owning all of BSkyB Murdoch would have control of too much British news media. Murdoch drops Sky News to clinch BSkyB takeover SERENA WILLIAMS HAS PULMONARY EMBOLISMTennis champion Serena Williams is recovering from emergency treatment in Los Angeles to remove a blood clot on her lung after being diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism. Williams has not played tennis since last year's Wimbledon because of a cut foot sustained in a Munich restaurant. Now she could miss the entire 2011 season. STEVE JOBS LAUNCHES iPAD 2 IN PERSONSteve Jobs, currently on medical leave from Apple for cancer treatment, made a surprise appearance in San Francisco yeseterday to launch the iPad 2. The second generation tablet computer has two cameras to enable FaceTime video calls. It is one-third thinner than the existing iPad and runs at nearly double the speed. It will go on sale in the US on March 11 and in the UK on March 25. Steve Jobs launches Apple iPad 2, media ‘flips out’ Apple iPad 2: round-up of overnight reviews Picture of the day: The iPad 2 launch GALLIANO FACES TRIAL OVER RACIST ABUSEBritish designer John Galliano, fired as creative director of Dior, is to face trial in Paris over the alleged incident of anti-Semitic and racist abuse against Geraldine Bloch and her companion Philippe Virgiti. He faces a prison sentence of up to six months and a fine if convicted. Galliano is believed to have left Paris to attend a rehab facility in Arizona. US AIRMEN SHOT DEAD IN FRANKFURT BY 'DEVOUT MUSLIM'The lone gunman who shot dead two members of the US Air Force on a bus at Frankfurt airport yesterday was a 21-year-old German described as a "devout Muslim". His family come from Kosovo. The Kosovan government has joined Garman Chancellor Angela Merkel in condemning the attack. It is reported that the gunman, Arif Uka, had been involved in an altercation with passengers before opening fire. HUMANS COULD TRIGGER MASS EXTINCTION The earth could be about to experience its sixth mass extinction event, this one brought about by man, according to new research published in the journal Nature. US scientists studied the rate of mammal extinction rates and found that in the last 500 years around 80 species had disappeared. On average two mammal species die out every million years. The last mass extinction 65 million years ago wiped out the dinosaurs.

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Jack Bremer is a London-based reporter, attached to The Week.co.uk. He has reported regularly from the United States and France.