Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Thursday 16 Feb 2017

1. Supreme Court chief accuses newspapers of 'undermining law'

Supreme Court president Lord Neuberger has criticised newspapers for "undermining the rule of law" with unjustified attacks on the judiciary over legal challenges to Brexit. He also said politicians had not done enough to defend the judiciary. The Daily Mail called three High Court judges "enemies of the people" after their ruling on Article 50 and parliament.

2. Trump: US not committed to two-state Israel solution

US President Donald Trump apparently tore up decades of US foreign policy by saying he is prepared to consider other ways to resolve the Israel-Palestine situation than the two-state solution advocated by the UN and most of the international community. His comments came as he met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House.

Trump travel ban: Judge expands definition of relatives

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3. Second woman held over death of Kim Jong-un's half-brother

Two women have been arrested in Malaysia over the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un's half-brother Kim Jong-nam. Police say they identified the women, both in their twenties, from CCTV footage. One has an Indonesian passport, the other a Vietnamese. South Korean intelligence services say Kim Jong-un ordered the killing.

Kim Jong Nam death: murder trial begins in Malaysia

4. Trump's pick for labour secretary withdraws nomination

Donald Trump's choice for US labour secretary has withdrawn his nomination on the eve of his long-delayed confirmation hearing. Andrew Puzder lost the support of several Republicans after admitting employing an illegal immigrant as a housekeeper. He was also criticised for remarks made about women and his employees.

5. Referee Clattenburg quits Premier League

Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has quit his job to become Saudi Arabia's head of refereeing. The 41-year-old official has an unusually high profile, but is regarded as the best in the country and last season oversaw the finals of Euro 2016, the Champions League and the FA Cup. He replaces former World Cup final referee Howard Webb in Saudi Arabia.

Clattenburg to referee in Premier League until end of season

6. World Cup 2018: Russian hooligans threaten England fans

Russian football hooligans have threatened England fans with guaranteed violence during the 2018 World Cup in a new documentary. Clashes between the two sets of supporters marred Euro 2016 in Marseille. A gang leader told the documentary-makers that Russian President Vladimir Putin sanctioned that violence. Russia's Hooligan Army is on BBC2 at 9pm tonight.

7. Train drivers reject Southern rail deal

Members of train drivers' union Aslef have rejected a deal with Southern rail aimed at ending the long-running dispute over driver-only operation. They turned down the deal by 54.1% to 45.9%, with a turnout of 72.7%. Commuters on the Southern network have endured months of misery since conductors from the RMT union first went on strike in April last year.

8. Kutcher appeals for end of child sexual exploitation

Ashton Kutcher urged a US senate hearing to help his work fighting child sexual exploitation. Giving evidence in his role as chairman of the charity Thorn, which develops software to locate children who are being trafficked, the actor said he had been exposed to things "no person should ever see" and it was time for "society and government" to defend the vulnerable.

9. Waitrose voted UK's best supermarket for third year

For the third year running, Waitrose has been named the UK's top supermarket for best in-store experience in a survey by consumer organisation Which?. Marks & Spencer came second, with Tesco and Asda trailing in eighth and ninth place respectively. Frozen food store Iceland was named best for online shopping.

10. Briefing: Why was Kim Jong-un's half-brother's killed?

Police suspect that Kim Jong-nam was murdered yesterday in a Malaysian airport. The 46-year-old, sometimes known as "Kim Chol", was the eldest child of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. For years considered heir apparent, his fortunes turned after he was arrested in May 2001 for using a fake passport at Tokyo airport, apparently en route to Disneyland.

Kim Jong Nam death: murder trial begins in Malaysia

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