Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Wednesday 5 Apr 2017

1. May: Free movement could continue after Brexit

Theresa May has suggested that freedom of movement from the EU to the UK may continue after Brexit. Speaking during her visit to the Middle East, the Prime Minister said EU migration could still be allowed during an "implementation period" to give businesses and government time to adjust. Labour accused the PM of "broken promises" and trying to "downplay expectations".

Brexit: Theresa May says ‘trust me’ to deliver

2. Russia rejects UN Security Council resolution

Russia has opposed a UN Security Council resolution after an alleged chemical attack in Syria left dozens dead and many more wounded. Syrian officials deny using chemical weapons and their Russian allies insist that a government air strike hit a rebel ammunition store which contained chemical weapons. Russia said a UN resolution condemning the attack was "unacceptable".

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Syria 'planning a new chemical attack', US claims

3. Fox claims 'shared values' with Duterte

Trade minister Liam Fox has said the UK and Philippines have "shared values" on a visit to the country to meet President Rodrigo Duterte, a man who claims to have personally killed criminals extra-judicially, including throwing one from a helicopter. Duterte has become an international pariah since his election last year.

4. Children exposed to 'illegal' air pollution

The Guardian says a joint investigation with Greenpeace has revealed that "hundreds of thousands" of children in England and Wales are routinely exposed to "illegal" levels of air pollution at schools and nurseries. It says more than 2,000 educational institutions are sited close to roads with damaging levels of diesel fumes.

5. Royals attend 'service of hope' after Westminster attack

Kate Middleton, Prince William and Prince Harry have joined the families of the victims of the Westminster terror attack for a multi-faith "service of hope" at Westminster Abbey in London. Around 2,000 people attended the invitation-only event, which took place exactly two weeks after Khalid Masood killed four people on Westminster Bridge and outside the Houses of Parliament.

Khalid Masood: Police unlock Westminster attacker's final text

6. North Korea fires missile into Sea of Japan

North Korea has carried out another ballistic missile test, launching a medium-range weapon from the port of Sinpo into the Sea of Japan. According to South Korea, the missile flew about 40 miles. The country is banned from any missile tests by the UN but has repeatedly flouted the embargo and is believed to be developing nuclear weapons.

7. New investigation into Livingstone over Hitler comments

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has announced a new investigation into Ken Livingstone after the former London mayor defended his comments about Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and Zionism. The move comes after the UK's Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, accused Labour of "failing the Jewish community" after suspending, rather than expelling, Livingstone from the party over his comments.

Why has Ken Livingstone been suspended from Labour?

8. Macron and Le Pen clash on Europe

France's presidential candidates took part in a TV debate last night, with centrist Emmanuel Macron attacking far-right Front National leader Marine Le Pen on her stance on Europe. Macron accused her of proposing "economic warfare" and insisted that she was "saying the same old lies that we've heard from your father for 40 years"

9. Advertisers flee Fox News show over harassment

Advertisers including Mercedes-Benz and BMW North America have pulled out of sponsoring Fox News's most popular show, the O'Reilly Factor. The opinionated right-wing host, Bill O'Reilly, has been accused of sexual harassment and, according to the New York Times, settled out of court with five women for a total of $13m (£10.4m).

10. Briefing: Is Easter a Christian or pagan festival?

Cadbury's and the National Trust have found themselves in hot water after accusations that they removed the word "Easter" from their annual egg hunt. Church leaders say the two organisations are "airbrushing faith" out of the festival.

But some argue that Easter is actually a pagan holiday and owes its name to the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre.

So what are the origins of Easter?

Fact Check: Is Easter a Christian or pagan festival?

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