Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Tuesday 20 Sep 2016
The Week Magazine: US News
US blames Russia for Syria aid convoy attack
The US says it blames Russia for an "inexplicable" air strike on an aid convoy making its way to desperate people in Syria as part of a US-Russia brokered peace deal yesterday. At least 12 aid workers were killed and 18 trucks of food destroyed. The US said Russia was at fault as it was responsible for ensuring Syria kept to the ceasefire.
New York bomb suspect Rahami charged
The man alleged to be behind the detonation of a bomb in Manhattan at the weekend has been charged with attempted murder. Ahmad Khan Rahami, a 28-year-old naturalised US citizen originally from Afghanistan, was arrested yesterday after a gunfight with police.
May rejects Slovakia Brexit veto claim
Theresa May has rejected the possibility that some EU states might veto a new trade and free movement deal with the UK, saying: "The 27 will sign up to a deal with us." The Slovakian prime minister, Robert Fico, said last week that four eastern EU nations would veto any arrangement that did not treat their citizens as "equals".
Riot police called to mass brawl of children
Six arrests were made yesterday, and two people hospitalised, after riot police had to be called to break up a mass brawl of schoolchildren in south-east London. Police said they had attended a "large fight" on Northumberland Heath, Bexley, at around 5.40pm yesterday. Some reports said up to 100 youths were involved, some in school uniform.
NHS doctors told to declare private income
NHS doctors in England will have to declare publicly the amount they earn from private work on the side, under new plans intended to increase transparency and avoid conflicts of interest. NHS England chairman Sir Malcolm Grant denied that the proposal was intended to restrict consultants from carrying out private work.
Date set for Olympic and Paralympic celebration
A two-day celebration of Britain's achievements at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio is to start with a homecoming parade for the athletes in Manchester on 17 October. There will be further celebrations in London the following day. Britain came second to China in the medal tables of both events, with 91 golds overall.
George HW Bush 'voting for Clinton'
Former US Republican president George HW Bush plans to vote for the Democrat Hillary Clinton, according to Robert F Kennedy's niece, who made the claim on Facebook after speaking to Bush personally. Bush has previously made clear he will not endorse Donald Trump but his family refused to confirm Kennedy's assertion.
Fewer smokers in England than ever
There are now fewer smokers in England than there have been since records began. Public Health England says just 16.9% of the population smoke and there are double the number of ex-smokers as current – 14.6 million compared to 7.2 million. Last year, around 2.5 million smokers attempted to quit – and one fifth of them succeeded.
Jim Carrey sued over ex-partner's suicide
Comic actor Jim Carrey is being sued for allegedly using his wealth and celebrity status to illegally obtain the prescription drugs used by his ex-girlfriend to kill herself last year. The wrongful death lawsuit, brought by Cathriona White's estranged husband, Mark Burton, alleges Carrey tried to conceal his involvement after her death.
Briefing: McDonald's could face $500m EU back-tax bill
Fast food giant McDonald's is facing a $500m (£383m) bill as the European Commission rules on a so-called "sweetheart" tax deal. It is alleged that the company, which has been under investigation since last year, has avoided taxes by rerouting its profits through Luxembourg, which has granted it bespoke tax exemptions.