Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Tuesday 7 Dec 2010

Julian Assange

Our popular news catch-up service is posted Monday to Friday at 8.0 am. You can rely on it to keep you up to date through the working day with the main news talking points. JULIAN ASSANGE denied bailWikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange was denied bail today after appearing in court to fight extradition to Sweden, which is seeking him over alleged sexual offences. His hearing is set for next week. According to the Guardian, the whistleblower has told friends he fears the US is behind Sweden's attempt to extradite him. WikiLeaks has gone too far with terrorists' hit list Vichy Britain: the truth exposed by WikiLeaks HONEYMOON KILLING 'WAS ORDERED BY HUSBAND'The Cape Town taxi driver arrested after the murder of Anni Dewani last month claims her husband, Bristol businessman Shrien Dewani, ordered her killing. The claim - denied by Dewani - was made in the course of a plea bargain which saw Zola Tongo jailed today for 18 years. He said Dewani paid him R15,000 - about £1,400 - to arrange the killing during the couple's honeymoon. Full report: Husband accused of paying for murder of Anni Dewani ENGLAND GO ONE UP IN THE ASHES The deluge Australia had prayed for never came - and England took the chance to bowl out Australia for 304 in Adelaide early this morning and win the second Ashes Test by an innings and 71 runs. Australia's Day Five downfall saw Hussey caught by James Anderson off Steven Finn's bowling, and Haddin caught behind off Anderson. The third Test begins in Perth on December 16. Stuart Broad ruled out as England take Ashes lead BIG FREEZE: DRIVERS STRANDED IN CARS OVERNIGHTHundreds of motorists were stranded in their cars overnight by some of the heaviest snowfalls of the recent cold spell. Worst affected roads were the M8 and M80 in Scotland. And there's no let-up yet: the Met Office predicts more snow for Orkney and Shetland, the Highlands, Grampian and North West England, and freezing temperatures elsewhere. DAILY ASPIRIN CUT RISK OF CANCER Scientists say a daily dose of aspirin will reduce by at least a fifth the risk of dying from cancer. A study of 25,000 patients published by the Lancet shows that the benefits outweighs the well-known associated risk of stomach bleeding. TURNER PRIZE GOES TO GLASGOW 'SINGER' The Turner Prize has gone for the first time to someone who has produced nothing you can see or touch. At Tate Britain last night, Susan Phillipsz was awarded the £25,000 prize for a 'sound installation'. This involved installing recordings of her singing the 16th-century traditional Scottish song Lowlands Away under the bridges in Glasgow city centre in May this year. 'EURO COULD COLLAPSE' SAYS TREASURY WATCHDOG Two senior members of the Office for Budget Responsibility have acknowledged that the euro is at risk of collapse. Prof Steve Nickell told MPs on the Treasury Select Committee said there was a general consensus the currency could eventually fail. OBR chairman Robert Chote said: "Monetary arrangements come and monetary arrangements go." MORRISSEY JOINS THE ATTACK ON DAVID CAMERON After guitarist Johnny Marr told David Cameron to "stop saying you like The Smiths", the group's former frontman Morrissey has posted a 1,200-word-plus diatribe against the Prime Minister - because he "hunts and shoots and kills stags - apparently for pleasure". Says Morrissey: "It was not for such people that either Meat is Murder or The Queen is Dead were recorded; in fact they were made as a reaction against such violence." Johnny Marr bans the PM from liking The Smiths 'ASTRONOMICAL PROGRESS' IN HELMANDBritish troops are making "astronomical" progress in Helmand province, according to the General Sir David Richards, the Chief of the Defence Staff, because they have "at last got the resources". He was accompanying David Cameron on a meet-the-troops visit to Afghanistan yesterday. The PM said it was possible some troops could begin coming home before Christmas 2011 - well ahead of the 2015 final deadline. TUITION FEES: WESTMINSTER REVOLT GROWS Former shadow home secretary David Davis, a grammar school boy, has announced he will vote against government plans to raise university tuition fees in Thursday's crunch Commons vote. He is the first senior Tory to break ranks. Lib Dem transport minister Norman Baker said yesterday he could resign from the coalition government over the issue. JOL COULD REPLACE HUGHTON AT NEWCASTLE Newcastle players and fans have reacted with outrage to owner Mike Ashley's sudden decision to sack club manager Chris Hughton just weeks after two great victories - 5-1 over Sunderland and 1-0 over Arsenal. Within hours, Martin Jol, the one-time Tottenham coach, had resigned as manager of Ajax ­ starting speculation that he will get the Newcastle job.

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Jack Bremer is a London-based reporter, attached to The Week.co.uk. He has reported regularly from the United States and France.