Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Thursday 27 Jan 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. VIOLENCE CONTINUES IN EGYPTViolent anti-government protests continued in Egypt yesterday in defiance of an official ban on public gatherings. A huge deployment of police in the capital, Cairo, fought running battles with angry demonstrators using teargas and staves. Police announced they had arrested 860 people following Tuesday's initial demonstration. British journalist records Cairo police ordeal In pictures: Arab world in turmoil FAMILY GATHER AS MANDELA HOSPITALISEDAfter weeks of rumours his health is deteriorating, former South African president Nelson Mandela was taken to hospital yesterday. It was announced he was only undergoing routine tests, but a stream of the 92-year-old's relatives spent yesterday afternoon visiting him, prompting widespread speculation that he is seriously ill. Five arrested over 'ANONYMOUS' HACKing attacksFive people have been arrested in relation to "recent and ongoing" hacking attacks by a shadowy group known as 'Anonymous' on a number of websites. The campaign of distribute denial of service (DDoS) attacks were orchestrated against sites such as PayPal and Amazon for withdrawing services to WikiLeaks last year. The five arrested were aged between 15 and 26 and are all male. MORE REVELATIONS HIT BERLUSCONIA further 227 pages of accusations of sexual antics and drug taking among women invited to parties by Silvio Berlusconi were presented by prosecutors to Italy's parliament yesterday, casting fresh doubt over the Italian PM's political survival. The claims include accounts of Berlusconi encouraging semi-naked samba dancing. Berlusconi calls in to TV show to insult host TOIBIN GETS AMIS'S OLD JOB – BUT NOT THE SALARYIrish author Colm Toibin is to take over from Martin Amis teaching creative writing at Manchester University as Amis returns to the US for family reasons. But the Costa-winner will not be getting Amis's astonishing £80,000 salary – which works out at £3,000 an hour. University sources would only say Toibin would receive "less". NATION'S SWEETHEART UNVEILS TRAMP STAMPCheryl Cole challenged her girl-next-door image by appearing at last night's National Television Awards in a backless dress which revealed a large, new tattoo on her lower back. The X Factor judge was making a defiant attempt to rise above rumours she is deeply disappointed to miss out on a role in the US version of the show. Cheryl Cole 'not famous enough' for US television RICHARD Keys RESIGNS OVER SEXISM ROWSky Sports host Richard Keys has resigned following the revelation of sexist remarks including those he made about a female linesman on Saturday, admitting he has a "behavioural problem". He said working without Andy Gray, his colleague who has been sacked and is preparing to sue Sky for £3m, would be "almost impossible". First Post: Keys blames 'dark forces' as he quits FEDERER SUFFERS SHOCK DEFEAT IN AUSTRALIARoger Federer suffered a shock defeat to Novak Djokovic in the semi-final of the Australian Open, meaning that for the first time in three years neither he nor Rafa Nadal will contest the final of a Grand Slam. Andy Murray now has a good chance of winning his first major title, and plays David Ferrer on Friday for a place in the final. Andy Murray could end the era of Federer and Nadal Police reopen phone hacking inquiry Police have received "significant new evidence" relating to phone hacking at the News of the World and will reopen their investigation, according to the BBC. An examination of emails sent by the paper's head of news, Ian Edmondson, unearthed "highly damaging evidence". Edmondson has now been sacked. The BBC's Tom Symonds says he has been told that Edmondson has evidence that could implicate other senior people at the NoW. NoW scandal: Has Murdoch left it too late? JD SALINGER WAS A HENMANIACNewly discovered letters to a friend written by the reclusive Catcher in the Rye author JD Salinger, who died last year, reveal that he led a surprisingly normal life. The chatty letters show an unexpected passion for Tim Henman, whose meteoric rise in world tennis impressed Salinger. He was also a big fan of the Three Tenors.

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is a London-based freelance journalist who has also worked in marketing. His interests include archaeology and opera.