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The News Matrix: Friday 14 October 2011

Tabak partied night after Yeates murder

Vincent Tabak drank champagne at a birthday party the night after killing Joanna Yeates, a court heard yesterday. The 33-year-old was “tired and disinterested” according to guests. Ms Yeates was said to have told friends she was “dreading” spending the weekend alone. MORE

Home sales soar in black pudding town

A new North-South divide has opened up in the property market and this time London and the Home Counties are coming off second best. Bury, the Lancashire town renowned for its black puddings, was yesterday given top hot spot, with sales of homes rising 44 per cent year on year. MORE

Asylum-seekers will not go to Malaysia

Australia’s embattled Prime Minister Julia Gillard has dropped controversial plans to send asylum-seekers to Malaysia. The plan would have seen Australia resettling registered refugees in Kuala Lumpur, However, the government failed to secure the support for key legal changes.

Bookshop owner ‘fostered extremism’

Ahmed Faraz, a bookshop owner, denies distributing extremist literature and DVDs to terrorists including the 7/7 killer Mohammad Sidique Khan, Kingston Crown Court heard yesterday. Faraz is accused of disseminating material with the aim of “priming people for terrorism”.

DSK escapes sex case prosecution

Dominique Strauss-Kahn will not face prosecution for sexual assault, French prosecutors said yesterday, even though the former IMF boss has admitted sexual aggression against writer Tristane Banon. MORE

250,000 women will not have to wait

Almost 250,000 women will not have to wait two more years before they qualify for the basic state pension. Ministers dropped plans to raise the state pension age to 66 for both men and women in April 2020. This would have forced 245,000 women in their fifties to work another two years as the state pension age – 65 for men and 60 for women – is to be equalised at 65 from November 2018. MORE

Gunmen take two aid workers hostage

Gunmen captured two female aid workers at Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp yesterday. Médecins Sans Frontières, which employed the two Spanish women, said one of their drivers was also injured. Officials suspect the kidnappers are members of the al-Shabaab group from Somalia.

Travellers warned of imminent removal

Travellers at Dale Farm have been warned by Basildon Council that they will be cleared from the site “sooner rather than later”. Residents, who argued that the decision to remove them was in breach of their human rights, lost their High Court battle against eviction.

Capture of Gaddafi’s son played down

Claims that rebel forces had captured Muammar Gaddafi’s son Mutassim in the last loyalist stronghold of Sirte were played down by the leading members of the National Transitional Council yesterday. Mutassim Gaddafi was also the country’s former national security adviser.

Ex-footballer Merson in drink-drive arrest

Former England footballer Paul Merson has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving. The Sky Sports pundit claimed to have fallen asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes when he crashed into a lorry at 3am on Monday on the M40 near Warwick.

Branson confirms plot to oust Mugabe

Sir Richard Branson has denied offering Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe a £6.5m bribe to leave office, but has confirmed, in an interview with i’s sister paper, The Independent, that he was one of the leaders of a secret plot to oust the president. MORE

Harry Potter fans angry at site crash

Fans rushing to buy tickets to see the sets, props and monsters from the Harry Potter films have complained after the website crashed on launch day. Disgruntled Potter followers complained on Twitter of a two-hour wait for tickets to Leavesden’s The Making Of Harry Potter attraction.

Golfers very keen to avoid the open... jaws

Golfers had better hope for a hole-in-one when playing at one course in the eastern Australian city of Brisbane – the lake is home to aggressive bull sharks. “It’s daunting,” said golfer Graham Casemore. “If you lose a ball you definitely don’t go in chasing it.”

Detectives may deter taxi drivers’ detours

Curiously expensive detours with taxi drivers through Vienna may be a thing of the past thanks to a new plan to dispatch undercover detectives in the city to hunt down bad practices. The local taxi guild said it wants to bring in the detectives after two studies identified major problems.

Artist’s kit in cave is 100,000 years old

Archaeologists have found a 100,000-year-old set of artist’s materials in a South African cave. It included an ochre-rich mixture stored in two sea shells, perhaps used to decorate bodies and clothing. Also found were charcoal, grindstones, hammerstones and a bone, perhaps a stirrer.

Different face of technology guru

Poet, romantic, consumed by Alice in Wonderland – a Rolling Stone interview with Steve Jobs’ first girlfriend shows a different side to the Apple chief.

Camouflage crook goes on the run

A burglary suspect dubbed “Moss Man” has failed to show up at trial. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Gregory Liascos of Portland, Oregon, who earned the nickname after being arrested in full-body camouflage outside a museum. Police say he was trying to break in.

Freud’s 1952 portrait could fetch £4m

Boy’s Head by Lucian Freud was among contemporary paintings up for auction at Sotheby’s in London last night. The 1952 work by Freud, who died in July, it was expected to go for up to £4m. Freud holds the record for the most expensive artwork by a British artist at £17.2m.

Apologies for teacher’s message

The governing body of a Hull primary school has apologised to parents after a teacher posted an offensive message on Facebook. One remark, printed out and hung on the school’s fence, said: “No wonder everyone is thick... inbreeding must damage brain development.”

App that measures quality of sleep

A new app that aims to improve the quantity and quality of sleep uses brainwaves to track the amount of time spent in different stages of sleep. Called Sleep Manager, the app synchronises with a headset that measures brain activity, eye movement and other signals in sleep.

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Chosen to lead the women's wing of the ruling Zanu-PF, the wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding the 90-year old
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

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Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

As the collections start, fashion editor Alexander Fury finds video and the internet are proving more attractive
Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy

Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

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Weekend at the Asylum: Europe's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln

Europe's biggest steampunk convention

Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Lying is dangerous and unnecessary. A new book explains the strategies needed to avoid it. John Rentoul on the art of 'uncommunication'
Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough? Was the beloved thespian the last of the cross-generation stars?

Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough?

The atomisation of culture means that few of those we regard as stars are universally loved any more, says DJ Taylor
She's dark, sarcastic, and bashes life in Nowheresville ... so how did Kacey Musgraves become country music's hottest new star?

Kacey Musgraves: Nashville's hottest new star

The singer has two Grammys for her first album under her belt and her celebrity fans include Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams and Katy Perry
American soldier-poet Brian Turner reveals the enduring turmoil that inspired his memoir

Soldier-poet Brian Turner on his new memoir

James Kidd meets the prize-winning writer, whose new memoir takes him back to the bloody battles he fought in Iraq
Aston Villa vs Hull match preview: Villa were not surprised that Ron Vlaar was a World Cup star

Villa were not surprised that Vlaar was a World Cup star

Andi Weimann reveals just how good his Dutch teammate really is
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef ekes out his holiday in Italy with divine, simple salads

Bill Granger's simple Italian salads

Our chef presents his own version of Italian dishes, taking in the flavours and produce that inspired him while he was in the country
The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

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