Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Monday 15 May 2017

1. NHS cyber attack slows, but fears remain

A massive cyber attack that crippled NHS computers and other systems around the world appears to be slowing down, although computer users have been warned to be careful at the start of the working week. One in five NHS trusts has been affected and patients are warned of possible slow service at surgeries.

International manhunt for hackers behind Wannacry cyber attack

2. North Korea warns US it is in 'striking range'

North Korea says a missile test carried out on Sunday was a new type of rocket capable of delivering a "large-scale, heavy nuclear warhead" to the US. Experts say the missile could have flown 2,500 miles had it been directed differently. Washington said the launch was "not consistent" with an intercontinental ballistic missile.

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3. Baftas: The Queen beats The Crown at awards

Ant and Dec won the best live event award at last night's Baftas for coverage of the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations. Meanwhile, the fictionalised account of the royal family, The Crown, which had been expected to win several drama and acting awards, missed out entirely.

Baftas 2017: Happy Valley beats The Crown in mixed night

4. UK fund manager drops fossil-fuel shares

A leading UK investment fund manager is to sell all £20m of its shares in fossil-fuel companies in a bid to alleviate climate change. BMO Global Asset Management looks after ethical assets totalling £1.5bn. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, president of BMO's responsible investment council, is said to have played a major role in the decision.

5. Labour promises an extra £37bn for NHS

Labour has pledged to spend an additional £37bn on the NHS in England over five years if it wins the general election, funding the increase by additional taxation and capital borrowing. The sum includes £10bn on IT and buildings. The Tories says Labour's "nonsensical" plans for the economy would mean less money for the service.

Labour says 'Robin Hood tax' would raise £26bn

6. Tories promise expansion of workers' rights

The Tories say they will carry out the biggest expansion of workers' rights by any Conservative government if they win the election, with policies including keeping all existing EU rights, having workers on company boards, protecting pensions and introducing one year's unpaid leave to care for a sick relative. Labour said the party was "taking working people for fools".

General election 2017: Security tight as Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn cast their votes

7. China's new Silk Road will be 'project of century'

Chinese President Xi Jinping yesterday unveiled an infrastructure project to increase trade globally. China's "project of the century" plans to revive the Silk Road trading routes to central Asia and Europe with investment across 65 countries. The "Belt and Road" initiative will cost £698bn.

8. More than a million bananas thrown away each day

Britons throw out 1.4 million bananas every day, sometimes just because of a single bruise, says the Government food waste advisory body. Wrap also called for people to start using over-ripe bananas in cooking and bakery, such as banana bread. Sainsbury's is trialling using unsold fruit in its in-store bakeries.

9. Macron names new French Prime Minister

French President Emmanuel Macron has named Edouard Philippe as the country's new Prime Minister. The 46-year-old is mayor of Le Havre and is a centre-right Republican, not a member of Macron's own centrist party. The choice is seen as part of Macron's efforts unite the right and left of French politics. Macron was due to meet Angela Merkel in Berlin today.

10. Briefing: Iran’s presidential election

In the Iranian presidential election on Friday, the moderate incumbent Hassan Rouhani will face a determined fight from hardline conservative Ebrahim Raisi.

The result will determine the country's future relations with the world.

Iran is a key player in the Middle East, especially due to its nuclear programme and its unwavering support for the Syrian and Iraqi governments. "World powers see Tehran both as part of the problem and the solution to the region's woes," says the BBC.

Iran’s presidential election: What's at stake and why the world should pay attention

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