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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Saturday 14 Sep 2019

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Cameron says Johnson and Gove ‘left truth at home’

David Cameron says Boris Johnson and Michael Gove behaved “appallingly” during the EU referendum campaign. The former prime minister said his Tory colleagues had “left the truth at home” on the referendum campaign trail. Speaking to The Times, he also said the referendum result in 2016 had left him “hugely depressed” and he knew “some people will never forgive me”.

Snowden says his former critics now believe he did good

Edward Snowden says his disclosure of top-secret documents exposing the extent of the global surveillance programmes run by American and British spy agencies mean that “we live in a better, freer and safer world” and that even some former critics concede this. The whistleblower describes the 18 years since the September 11 attacks as “a litany of American destruction by way of American self-destruction”.

Brexit deal prospects boosted by Labour compromises

The chances of a new Brexit deal getting through the Commons have been boosted as Labour MPs signal that they could back a new compromise. Boris Johnson said that a “rough shape of a deal to be done” was emerging before his meeting with Jean-Claude Juncker, outgoing president of the European Commission. Caroline Flint, Stephen Kinnock and Yvonne Fovargue are among the Labour MPs hinting they could back a deal.

Leaders gather for Robert Mugabe's funeral in Harare

Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe's funeral will be held later. More than a dozen current and former African leaders, including South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, are expected to attend. There has been a row between the Mugabe family and the government over his burial and many people in Harare are likely to avoid the ceremony as soaring inflation and unemployment grip the country.

Assange told he will remain in jail due to absconding history

Julian Assange has been told that he will have to remain in prison after his mandatory jail term because of his “history of absconding”. The Wikileaks founder, 48, was jailed for breaching bail conditions by seeking refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy. Although he will have served the mandatory half of his 11-month prison sentence on September 22, he has been told he will not be leaving Belmarsh prison.

Swaskita sprayed at war cemetery in the Netherlands

Graffiti, including a swaskita, has been sprayed at a British and Commonwealth World War Two cemetery in the Netherlands. Sky News reports that letters have also been sprayed on headstones in the cemetery in Mierlo near Eindhoven in the south of the country. The vandalism took place in the lead up to the 75th anniversary of the allied forces landing in The Netherlands.

O'Rourke reports Republican to FBI over ‘death threat’

Beto O'Rourke, the Democratic presidential candidate, has reported a Texas lawmaker to the FBI after he tweeted that his assault rifle “is ready for you”. Twitter deleted Republican legislator Briscoe Cain's message after the Democrat called it a “death threat”. Cain had tweeted after O'Rourke called for a ban on semi-automatic rifles.

Trump blames orange appearance on light bulbs

Donald Trump has blamed energy-efficient light bulbs for his orange appearance. “People said: what’s with the lightbulb?” he said, appearing before an audience of Republican legislators in Baltimore. “I said: here’s the story. And I looked at it. The bulb that we’re being forced to use! No 1, to me, most importantly, the light’s no good. I always look orange. And so do you! The light is the worst.”

Climate activist Thunberg protests at White House

The Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg joined a rally near Donald Trump’s White House on Friday. Trump has often denied climate science and opposed international efforts to stem greenhouse gases from fossil fuels that are heating the globe. On Wednesday, Thunberg will testify before the US Congress and support young Americans who are suing the government over the climate crisis.

Desperate Housewives star jailed in exam cheating scandal

The actress Felicity Huffman has been jailed for 14 days for paying to have her daughter's exam answers corrected. The star of Desperate Housewives was also handed a $30,000 (£24,000) fine, 250 hours of community service and a year of supervised release. She is the first parent to be jailed in an emerging college admissions scandal in the United States.

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