Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Monday 6 Feb 2017

1. Trump: 'Blame the judge if the US is attacked'

Donald Trump has escalated his attacks on the federal judge who blocked his travel ban, tweeting: "Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system." The US President also derided James Robart as a "so-called judge" following his decision to temporarily suspend the ban.

2. Queen spends her Sapphire Jubilee at Sandringham

The Queen celebrates her Sapphire Jubilee today, marking – 65 years on the throne following the death of her father, King George VI. The UK's longest-reigning monarch will spend the anniversary quietly at her Sandringham estate in Norfolk. A portrait of the Queen by David Bailey has been reissued for the occasion.

3. NHS to charge overseas patients before treatment

NHS trusts in England are to start charging foreign patients before they are treated, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says. Overseas visitors may be refused non-urgent operations from April unless they pay in advance. The current system of invoicing patients later will not be changed for emergency care.

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4. Woman, 89, trapped on hospital ward for six months

An 89-year-old woman spent six months on a hospital ward despite being declared medically fit and being willing to leave. Iris Sibley was kept isolated at Bristol Royal Infirmary because the local healthcare provider could not find her a place in a nursing home. A formal inquiry has been launched into the case.

5. Anti-FGM campaign launched in UK

A national campaign with a red triangle as its symbol has been launched to mark today's International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. Organisers the National Police Chiefs' Council and the charity Freedom urge the public to report attempted female circumcision to the police.

6. Davis Cup: Britain win after umpire is hit

Great Britain won its first-round Davis Cup tie in Ottawa after a 17-year-old Canadian player hit the umpire with a ball. Denis Shapovalov fired the shot in anger following a break in serve and accidentally bruised Arnaud Gabas's eye. Canada defaulted the match as a result.

7. World's longest commercial flight touches down

The world's longest commercial flight touched down in Auckland, New Zealand, yesterday, following a 16hr 23min journey from Doha. The Qatar Airways jet ended the 9,032-mile journey five minutes ahead of schedule after crossing ten time zones. Cabin staff served 1,036 meals and 1,100 cups of tea and coffee during the flight.

8. Assange calls on UK and Sweden to 'restore my liberty'

Julian Assange has repeated his plea to UK and Swedish authorities to "restore" his liberty. The WikiLeaks founder, who has stayed in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over sex crime allegations, made the plea one year after a UN legal panel said he was being arbitrarily detained.

9. Lady Gaga kicks off Super Bowl show with protest song

Lady Gaga delivered a gently political opening to her much-anticipated Super Bowl show last night in Houston, Texas, singing the Woody Guthrie song This Land Is Your Land. The vintage protest song was interpreted as a criticism of Donald Trump's approach to Muslims and other minorities.

10. Briefing: The Brexit white paper

The government has laid out its official negotiating strategy for withdrawing from the European Union. Its white paper, demanded by Labour and some Tory rebels, lists the 12 principles announced by Theresa May in her Brexit speech last month. They include leaving the the single market, a bespoke customs deal and continued cooperation on intelligence.

Brexit: Theresa May says ‘trust me’ to deliver

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