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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Tuesday 17 Apr 2018

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Syria: inspectors to visit Douma on Wednesday

Russia has said international chemical weapons inspectors will finally be able to visit the site of the presumed chlorine attack carried out in Douma, near Damascus, on WednesdayThe international consensus is that Syria carried out the 7 April attack on its own civilians, though Russia and Syria insist it never happened, despite evidence.

May denies following Trump’s orders in Syria

Theresa May yesterday angrily denied she was following the US President’s “orders” when she authorised air strikes on Syria on Friday night. The Prime Minister insisted the attack was morally and legally right during a lengthy Commons debate. She will face another grilling there this afternoon with a second debate on the issue.

May to reassure Caribbean leaders on Windrush

Theresa May will today assure Caribbean leaders, gathered in London for a Commonwealth summit, that she is taking action to stop the ‘Windrush generation’ being deported. It has emerged that thousands of Britons who arrived from Commonwealth countries as children decades ago are being wrongly identified as illegal immigrants.

Pound continues to rally against the dollar

The pound has continued its rally against the dollar, with its value now firmly above $1.43, as it recovers from the slump caused by the Brexit vote. In January 2017, it touched $1.206. Against the euro yesterday, the pound was 0.2% higher than its close last week at €1.1569. The UK has the best-performing currency in the G10 this year.

One in three millennials ‘will never own a home’

The Resolution Foundation think tank says one in three millennials will never own their own home, in a gloomy assessment of the housing market for young people published today. It says one half of the country’s 14 million 20- to 35-year-olds will still be renting in their 40s, and one third in their 60s, at great cost to the state when they retire.

Teenager dies in yet another London stabbing

A spate of murders has continued in London, with a man of 18 stabbed to death in east London on Monday night. Formal identification of the youth, found in Chestnut Avenue, Forest Gate, has not taken place and no arrests have been made. At least 37 people have been stabbed to death in the capital this year, including two on Sunday.

Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer for music

Rapper Kendrick Lamar has won the Pulitzer prize for music for his album Damn, the first time the prestigious US award has been given to anything other than a classical recording. The prize for reporting, with which Pulitzer is most strongly identified, went to The New York Times and New Yorker jointly for the Harvey Weinstein expose.

Trainee barristers warned not to wear short skirts

The private BPP University warns trainee barristers they will lose marks in their exams if they wear short skirts, flashy socks or “kinky boots”, it has emerged. The website Legal Cheek got hold of a document listing potential infractions of an extremely conservative dress code – but the university told the BBC it might consider revising the list.

Briefing: is drinking wine good or bad for you?

Bon viveurs have been left reeling by reports that drinking ten glasses of wine a week can shorten life expectancy by two years.

Or to put it another way, you lose “15 minutes of life for each unit above the safe amount, the equivalent of smoking a cigarette”, says The Daily Telegraph’s science editor Sarah Knapton.

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