Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Friday 14 Apr 2017

1. 'Moab' strike kills dozens in Afghanistan

A huge bomb, known as the Mother Of All Bombs (Moab), dropped by the US on a tunnel complex used by Islamic State in Afghanistan killed at least 36 people, the Afghan defence ministry says. The ministry says no civilians were affected but former President Hamid Karzai called it an "inhuman and most brutal misuse of our country".

2. US doctor faces life in jail for FGM

A doctor in Detroit has been charged with carrying out Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on girls aged between six and eight over a period of eight years – and could be sentenced to life in jail. Dr Jumana Nagarwala's prosecution is thought to be the first of its kind in the US. Local media says she has previously denied being involved.

3. North Korea accuses Trump of 'aggression'

In a rare interview with foreign media, North Korea's vice foreign minister Han Song-ryol has told the AP news agency that Donald Trump's "aggressive" tweets are "causing trouble" in the region and the North is now locked in a "vicious cycle" with South Korea. Speaking in Pyongyang, Han said the nation will conduct nuclear tests.

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4. Russia drops Eurovision broadcast

Russia has decided not to broadcast this year's Eurovision Song Contest after the host nation, Ukraine, said its competitor Julia Samoilova could not travel to Kiev for the competition because she had previously violated visa regulations by visiting Crimea, annexed from Ukraine by Russia in 2014 to international condemnation.

5. UK spies first to spot Trump Russia links

British intelligence agencies were the first to spot suspicious "interactions" between Donald Trump's campaign team and Russian agents, in late 2015, according to The Guardian. GCHQ was "at no point" targeting Trump or his team and picked up the intelligence as part of routine surveillance of Russians, the paper adds.

6. Minority teachers 'given stereotypical roles'

A survey of black and Asian teachers has found they are often given stereotypical roles in schools – such as organising Black History Month or tackling bad behaviour – and are likely to accept this for fear of being seen as troublemakers. The Runnymede Trust says teachers are left feeling "undervalued, isolated and disillusioned".

7. Could there be life on Saturn's moon?

One of Saturn's moons is now believed to support a similar environment to that on Earth in which some scientists believe life first proliferated. Samples taken from 30 miles above Encedalus by NASA in 2015 contain molecular hydrogen but the discovery has only just been recognised. There is an ocean under the moon's icy surface.

8. Children of 13 treated for phone addiction

A clinic near Seattle is treating children as young as 13 for mobile phone addiction, says Sky News. The reSTART Life Centre is the only unit of its kind in the western world and also helps young people with addictions to video games. The clinic advises parents to limit their children's daily access to digital technology.

9. Tesco apologises for Good Friday beer ad

Tesco has apologised for an advert criticised by some religious figures which said: "Great offers on beer and cider. Good Friday just got better." Vicar and radio presenter the Reverend Richard Coles called the text advert "extraordinarily and unnecessarily ignorant". The broadcaster said it was sorry and would not run the ad again.

10. Briefing: Turkey divided over 'radical' referendum

With only days to go before Turkey votes on a major constitutional shake-up that would give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan extensive new powers, the polls are on a "knife edge", says The Independent.

A few percentage points will decide the outcome of Sunday's vote, with the most recent polls showing the Yes campaign on 51 or 52 per cent.

One recent study of 17 national television channels showed that 90 per cent of campaign coverage was given to Yes supporters.

Turkey is divided over 'radical' referendum

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