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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Saturday 25 May 2019

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Boris says UK must leave with or without a deal

Boris Johnson says the UK must leave the EU by the end of October with or without a deal. The former foreign secretary is the front-runner to replace Theresa May after she announced her resignation yesterday. “A new leader will have the opportunity to do things differently,” he said of Brexit. As many as 20 other candidates are expected to stand against him, including Jeremy Hunt. 

Mother arrested after two children die in Sheffield

A mother has been arrested on suspicion of murder after two of her children died and the remaining four were taken to hospital. Police were called to a house in Sheffield at about 7.30am amid concerns for the safety of the occupants. A post-mortem on the two children is due to be carried out. A man, 37, and a woman, 34, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

NHS sparks row with ‘moneyspinning’ kits plan

The NHS is under fire for planning to sell consumer blood tests that look for signs of serious illness. In a move described by The Times as “a controversial moneyspinning venture,” a leading hospital lab hopes that online shoppers will pay from £24 for tests that assess people’s risk of conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis. 

John Bolton says North Korea has broken UN resolutions

John Bolton, the US national security adviser, says North Korea’s recent missile tests violated UN security council resolutions. In the first case of a senior US official making such a statement, he said: “The UN resolution prohibits the launch of any ballistic missiles,” adding that there was “no doubt” it was a violation. He also encouraged North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, to return to  negotiations.

Police want 1,100 people charged for climate protests

The Metropolitan Police will push for the prosecution of more than 1,100 people arrested over last month's Extinction Rebellion demonstrations. More than 70 activists have already been charged. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said the Met wanted to deter other groups employing similar tactics. “We would like to see consequences,” he said.

Four more die on Mount Everest as overcrowding fears grow

At least four more people have died on Mount Everest as concerns grow about the risks posed by the severe overcrowding on the world’s highest mountain. Kevin Hynes, 56, from Ireland, died in his tent at 7,000 metres, having turned back before reaching the summit. Crowds have grown after the launch of cut-price Nepali trekking companies offering Everest packages at half price.

Washington to sent 1,500 troops to Middle East

The US will deploy 1,500 troops to Middle East amid growing tensions with Iran. The Pentagon has claimed there is an escalating campaign by Iran to plan attacks against the US and its interests in the region. Washington has also publicly blamed Tehran and its proxies for recent tanker bombings near United Arab Emirates and a rocket attack in Iraq.

French police appeal for help after bakery bombing in Lyon

Police in France have released an image of a bombing suspect after seven people were hurt in a “low force” blast in Lyon. An investigation was launched after the attack at a Brioche Doree bakery at roughly 5.30pm local time. The mayor of Lyon's second district told local media that a man was captured on surveillance cameras dropping a sack or suitcase before it exploded.

Rape victim watches attacker's execution in Florida

A woman who escaped a serial killer and helped bring him to justice has watched him being executed in Florida. Lisa Noland was 17 when she was repeatedly raped by Bobby Joe Long. “I wanted to look him in the eye,” she said. After watching him be executed by lethal injection, she said she began to cry. After confessing to the crimes, Long was given 28 life sentences and one death sentence.

Duchess of Sussex to miss Donald Trump welcome ceremony

Donald Trump will be welcomed by the Queen on his first official state visit to the UK next month, Buckingham Palace has announced. A ceremonial welcome for the US President will be held in the palace's garden. Trump will meet the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex. The Duchess of Sussex will not attend.

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