Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Wednesday 10 May 2017

1. Trump fires FBI chief James Comey

Donald Trump has sacked FBI director James Comey over his handling of the inquiry into Hillary Clinton's emails, the administration said last night. However, Democrats say Comey, who was four years into a ten-year term, was removed because he was leading an investigation into alleged links between Trump's election campaign team and Russia.

Donald Trump sued by two states over business links

2. Ibuprofen 'could increase risk of heart attack'

Regularly taking painkillers such as ibuprofen may lead to an increased risk of suffering a heart attack, according to a study of 446,763 people in the UK, Canada and Finland. The risk is most serious in the first 30 days of taking the drugs, when it increased by an average of 20% to 50%, said researchers. The drugs were not found to be a direct cause of heart attacks, however.

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3. Schoolgirl, 11, dies at Drayton Manor theme park

An 11-year-old schoolgirl died at Drayton Manor theme park near Birmingham after falling into water on the Splash Canyon ride. Evha Jannath, from Leicester, was on a school trip with a teacher and other pupils from with the Jameah Girls Academy, say police. Some reports say she stood up on the ride and banged her head. The park has closed today in a sign of respect.

4. Police trial artificial intelligence custody system

Police in Durham are preparing to trial an artificial intelligence system to assist officers deciding whether or not to send a suspect into custody. Developed using five years of criminal history data, the Harm Assessment Risk Tool has been developed to categorise suspects into "low, medium or high risk of offending". Its decisions are based on factors including the seriousness of the allegation and previous criminal history.

Durham police to use AI for custody decisions

5. No Conservatives to face charges over election spending

No Conservative MPs or officials will face criminal charges over spending irregularities during the 2015 election campaign. The CPS examined files from 14 police forces but concluded there was insufficient evidence to prove any candidate or agent was dishonest, despite evidence of inaccurate spending returns. The Conservative campaign in South Thanet is still under investigation.

6. China releases human rights lawyer after two years

China has released a human rights lawyer taken into custody two years ago. Li Heping, 46, was tried in secret for "subversion of state power" and given a suspended sentence. Friends say photos show him almost unrecognisable after losing a lot of weight during his time in custody. "He's aged about 20 years," said one, according to The Guardian.

7. Boko Haram schoolgirl 'refused to leave husband'

A schoolgirl taken captive by Boko Haram three years ago refused to go home when offered her freedom last week, according to a spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari. Garba Shehu said: "One of the girls refused to join the released girls. She said, 'I am happy where I am. I have a husband.'" The other 82 freed Chibok girls are now in Nigeria's capital, Abuja.

8. Gangs 'trafficking women to UK for sham marriages'

Gangs in Eastern European gangs are trafficking women from countries such as Slovakia and Hungary for sham marriages and sexual exploitation in the UK, the BBC claims. It also says that many of them are forced into bogus marriages with men seeking residency in Britain. The women are lured to the country with promises of jobs.

9. Australian senator first to breastfeed in parliament

A senator has become the first politician to breastfeed in the Australian parliament. Green politician Larissa Waters fed her two-month-old daughter Alia Joy during a vote yesterday, the first time this has occurred since breastfeeding in the chamber was formally permitted last year.

10. Briefing: What does Macron's presidency mean for Brexit?

Emmanuel Macron's victory in the French presidential election has raised a large question mark over how Paris will behave towards the UK in upcoming Brexit negotiations.

While his victory over the far-right Marine Le Pen led most to breathe a sigh of relief, Macron's strong pro-EU stance will worry those politicians leading Britain's departure from the bloc, who see him as a "tough Brexit negotiating partner", writes the Financial Times.

Outgoing President Francois Hollande was known for his tough talk on the issue, calling the EU referendum "the wrong decision at the wrong time" and warning the UK would be treated as an "outsider".

Brexit: Theresa May says ‘trust me’ to deliver

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