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  10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY  
  30 November 2004  
  1. ON THE CARDS: People who refuse to carry the new national ID card will have to cough up 2,500. And under the new scheme, those who don't warn the Government they have moved house will face a 1,000 fine. The cards, which come with a 35 price tag, will be issued from 2008. Tony Blair yesterday said: "This is responsible government not, as some call it, Big Brother government." (SUN)

2. SHE'S BACK: Faria Alam, the ex-lover of Sven-Goran Eriksson, has sensationally rocked the FA again, this time by claiming she was sexually harassed by a high-ranking executive. The ex-secretary, who also bedded former chief executive Mark Palios, sent a legal letter demanding 30,000 compensation. PR adviser Max Clifford said: "I can confirm my client has sent a letter to the FA." (SUN)

3. BARRYMORE DIES: Drew Barrymore's father, veteran actor John Drew Barrymore, has passed away at the age of 72. The cause of death was not revealed, but in a statement issued by her publicist yesterday, Drew said: "He was a cool cat. Please smile when you think of him." (IMDb)

4. LIE DETECTOR: A brain scan which screens for tumours is a more effective lie detector than traditional polygraph tests. Researchers at America's Temple University said while polygraphs measure bodily changes such as blood pressure and heart rate, brain scans are able to pick up when a person is lying because they use a different part of their brain. (BBC)

5. NEW VOTE: Ukraine's outgoing President Leonid Kuchma has suggested staging a new vote to settle the country's much-disputed election results. Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych was controversially declared the winner of the 21 November poll, and said that he would agree to a partial re-run if there was evidence of mass violations. (BBC)

6. A LEAGUE OF HER OWN: Catherine Zeta-Jones might fork out 350,000 to save ailing football squad Llanelli AFC. The team, which is currently at the bottom of the Welsh Premier League, is currently owned by her uncle Robert Jones and needs all the help it can get. An insider said: "The fact she's shown an interest is fantastic." (DAILY MIRROR)

7. DEEPCUT SCANDAL: Police are investigating allegations that a woman recruit was gang-raped at the Army's Deepcut training barracks in Surrey. The case is just one of over 170 claims of rape, assault and sexual abuse at the camp, leaked from a confidential dossier. The fresh claims come just as the parents of three of the four soldiers who died in suspicious circumstances at Deepcut between 1995 and 2001 prepare to give evidence to a Commons committee this week. (TIMES)

8. DI'S VIDEOTAPE: A tape of Princess Diana confessing the most intimate details of her marriage to Prince Charles has been broadcast exclusively in the US. In the sensational tape screened by NBC, Diana claims her husband stopped sleeping with her after the birth of their youngest child, Harry. The video was made in her apartment in Kensington Palace over 10 years ago by her voice coach Peter Settelen. (DAILY MAIL)

9. JACKO REQUEST DENIED: Michael Jackson and his team of lawyers have been denied permission to carrying out psychiatric tests on the child accusing the star of abuse. Judge Rodney Melville made the decision at a pre-trial hearing yesterday at Santa Barbara Superior Court. Jackson has pleaded not guilty to 10 child abuse charges. (BBC)

10. CALLING BRITISH MEN: Movie beauty Scarlett Johansson claims British men are too shy for romance. The 20-year-old, who spent the summer in London filming Woody Allen's British comedy, said: "The British are charming, so funny and so polite. But it's more look but don't touch. You sense it would take a guy forever to make up his mind about what to say. By the time they get there, you're gone." Didn't Gwyneth Paltrow make similar claims in 2002? And just look at what happened to her...(IMDb)
 
 
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