Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Monday 28 Nov 2016

1. Legal challenge to UK single market exit

British Influence, a pro-single market think-tank, is writing to Brexit Secretary David Davis to tell him it is making a legal challenge to Britain's exit from the single market. The group is seeking a judicial review to back its claim that the UK will not automatically leave the European Economic Area when it withdraws from the EU.

Remain-voting City lobby group calls for 'dramatic Brexit U-turn'

2. Fillon wins French presidential primary

Francois Fillon last night won the French Republican party's presidential primary and will be its candidate in the 2017 election, when he is expected to face far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. Fillon, who has a Welsh wife, is further to the right politically than most of his rivals for the candidacy, who included Nicolas Sarkozy.

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3. Trump makes baseless claim he won popular vote

Donald Trump claims he won the US popular vote "if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally", although he offered no evidence to back this up. In reality, Democrat Hillary Clinton won two million more votes than the Republican businessman, who became president-elect through the electoral college system.

4. Aleppo: Civilians flee government forces

Thousands of civilians have fled from rebel-held areas of eastern Aleppo as the Syrian army continues its offensive. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says around 10,000 people have escaped to government-run western areas and the Kurdish-controlled north. There are said to still be 250,000 civilians in eastern Aleppo.

Syria 'planning a new chemical attack', US claims

5. Paul Nuttall takes over Ukip

Paul Nuttall, the MEP for north-west England, has been elected as the new leader of Ukip, taking over from Nigel Farage. Nuttall won 9,622 votes, 62.6 per cent of those cast, defeating former deputy chairwoman Suzanne Evans, who gained 2,973 votes (19.3 per cent), and ex-soldier John Rees-Evans, with 2,775 votes (18.1 per cent).

Nigel Farage: I could lead Ukip again

6. Coach at centre of football abuse scandal in hospital

Barry Bennell, the convicted paedophile at the centre of football's sex abuse scandal, is in hospital after being found unconscious at a hotel in Stevenage. The former Crewe Alexandra coach has been named by a number of former players, who have spoken out about their ordeals. Four police forces are investigating claims of historical abuse.

Football sex abuse scandal: Who is coach Barry Bennell?

7. Coach removed from Lewisham sinkhole

A French tourist coach which dropped into a sinkhole on Lee High Street in Lewisham, south-east London, on Saturday has been pulled free. The hole opened up when a water main burst, flooding the road. Around 90 people were removed from the coach, which had to be removed by a crane.

8. Ed Balls voted off Strictly Come Dancing

Former shadow chancellor Ed Balls has been voted off the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing after a dance-off with TV judge Robert Rinder. His unlikely run on the show was characterised by his intense commitment to learning the dance routines. He said he had had a "wonderful time".

9. Japan: Outcry over fish frozen in ice

An amusement park in Japan has closed its ice rink following protests over a display of dead fish frozen in the ice. The fish were arranged as if swimming, leading skaters to think they had been frozen alive. However, they been bought dead from a local wholesaler.

10. Briefing: Iceland (the country) sues Iceland (the supermarket)

Iceland is suing Iceland over its "exceptionally broad and ambiguous" Europe-wide trademark registration. Confused? Well, the government of the North Atlantic island nation is taking legal action against the UK supermarket chain of the same name, claiming its businesses are not being allowed to describe themselves using the word "Iceland".

Iceland (the country) sues Iceland (the supermarket) over name

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