Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Saturday 5 Oct 2019

Cummings insists Britain will leave by October 31st

Dominic Cummings insisted last night that Britain would leave the European Union without a deal if Brussels refused to compromise. Boris Johnsons most senior aide told government advisers: “Next week we are going to know how things turn out. If the EU says no then we are not going to do what the last lot did and change our negotiating position. If we dont get anything next week, we are gone.”

Campaign confirms that Bernie Sanders had a heart attack

Bernie Sanders had a heart attack, his campaign has confirmed. The 78-year-old senator and Democratic presidential candidate was at a campaign event in Nevada on Tuesday when he experienced chest discomfort. In a video posted to Twitter on Friday, Sanders said he was feeling “so much better” and thanked supporters for “the love and warm wishes you send me”. He has been released from the hospital.

Death toll soars in anti-government protests in Iraq

The death toll in anti-government protests in Iraq over the past four days has reached at least 60, according to reports. With clashes intensifying, the figure has more than doubled in the past 24 hours. The countrys top Shia cleric, Ayatollah Ali Sistani, issued a stark warning to both sides to end the violence “before its too late”.

Democrat lawmakers demand White House documents

Democrats have demanded documents from the White House as their impeachment inquiry into president Donald Trump hots up. The documents in question concern a call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, when Trump pushed Zelensky to investigate his political rival, Joe Biden. Trump has denied any wrongdoing, accusing his political opponents of a “witch hunt”.

Prince Harry launches claim against tabloids on hacking

Prince Harry has launched legal proceedings against the owners of the Sun and the Daily Mirror over alleged phone hacking. The move, which follows Harrys strongly worded attack on the British medias treatment of his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is an escalation of his battle with the British newspaper industry. It is thought that the legal action goes back to the phone-hacking scandal of the early 2000s.

Demands grow for criminal inquiry into police misconduct

There are fresh demands for a criminal inquiry into alleged misconduct by senior police officers after a report exposed the failures in Scotland Yards investigation into a fabricated Westminster paedophile ring. Sir Richard Henriquess review concluded that the police had unlawfully and misled a judge to obtain warrants to search the homes of people wrongly accused of child murder, rape and torture.

Gay couple attacked with pepper spray on London street

A gay couple have been targeted with pepper spray in a suspected homophobic attack in London. The couple were waiting at a bus stop in Lambeths Brixton Road when the stranger doused them without warning. The assailant, who was with four friends, told them: “We dont want your kind around here.” One of the men feared he had been permanently blinded.

Shock as Thai judge shoots himself in court

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