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The News Matrix: Friday 18 November 2011
Ministers oppose rural building plans
Conservative ministers have joined backbench MPs in the revolt against proposals to allow "sustainable development" in the countryside. David Cameron sees building more homes as a crucial part of shoring up the economy, but rebel ministers claim that rural areas could be ruined. MORE
Seven injured in clashes on march
At least seven people were injured in Cairo yesterday when residents clashed with Christians marching through the capital to demand an end to what they see as discrimination by the state. The Coptic Christians were marching towards Tahrir Square when the clashes broke out.
Emir orders protest clampdown
Kuwait's Emir has ordered security forces to "take all measures" to maintain order after protesters stormed parliament demanding the resignation of the Prime Minister over alleged corruption. The emir called for "stricter measures to confront this chaotic behaviour". MORE
Miliband warns over social funding
Ed Miliband has warned that a future Labour government would need to explore "new ways" of administering social justice without increasing public spending. He said the "Blair-Brown" model, where tax revenues from financial services funded public services, was no longer viable. MORE
Fortnum protesters discharged with costs
Ten protesters who occupied Fortnum & Mason during an anti-cuts rally in March have been convicted of aggravated trespass. They were each given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £1,000 costs. MORE
Cameron set to clash with Merkel over ECB
David Cameron will today tell Angela Merkel that he opposes Germany's call for a new European Treaty, feeling that the complex negotiations would leave the public cold in the face of the eurozone crisis. They are also expected to clash over the European Central Bank's role in bailing out financially stricken countries in debt. MORE
Botulism alert over Grossman korma
A third child from one family is in hospital after eating Loyd Grossman korma sauce. The child's two siblings, from central Scotland's Forth Valley, have been confirmed as suffering from botulism. Their condition is said to be improving. The public has been advised not to eat the sauce.
Antibiotic-resistant bugs are spreading
The "unthinkable scenario of untreatable infections" is becoming a reality, experts have warned. The growth of superbugs resistant to all antibiotics has caused a rise in the number of European cases where patients have illnesses almost impossible to treat. MORE
Syria's allies call for urgent talks
Syria's allies in Russia called yesterday for urgent talks between Damascus and the opposition, saying an alleged attack by renegade troops on a government building looked like the start of a "civil war". The defectors reportedly fired machine-guns and rockets at an air force base. MORE
Dissident claims UK agents turned him in
A Libyan dissident tortured by Muammar Gaddafi's regime has claimed he was rendered from China to Tripoli by British agents. Sami al-Saadi filed a complaint with the Metropolitan Police yesterday and his lawyers want an investigation.
Ex-Khmer Rouge leader 'unfit for trial'
The UN-backed tribunal has ruled that former Khmer Rouge leader, Ieng Thirith, is unfit to stand trial for genocide and other crimes because she has Alzheimer's. The tribunal said the 79-year-old would be freed within 24 hours. MORE
Marc Jacobs collection stolen
Thieves have made off with £40,000-worth of clothes from one of the world's leading designers. The Marc Jacobs samples were stolen from near the label's Mayfair store on Wednesday. The £40,000 figure suggests not everything was robbed. A skirt alone can cost £7,000. MORE
eBay to open 'pop-up' shop near Oxford St
Internet shopping giant eBay is opening its first store in the UK next month, following a growing trend for online retailers to flog their wares on the high street. The "pop-up" shop, on Dean Street near Oxford Street, London, will be open for just five days from 1 December.
Flesh-eating fish invade tourist spot
Thousands of flesh-eating piranhas have infested a river beach popular with tourists in western Brazil and have bitten at least 15 swimmers. Officials in the city of Caceres said this is the first time they have had a problem with piranhas at Daveron beach on the Paraguay river.
Culling of stray dogs for Euro 2012 to end
Bowing to pressure from Western civic groups, Ukraine yesterday ordered all mayors to stop "euthanising" stray dogs and build animal shelters for them instead. The killings had been ordered to clear the streets for the Euro 2012 championship in June.
Attempts held around the world
Irish leprechauns, tea-sipping Britons, Australian Abba impersonators and the oldest yoga teacher on the planet were among the 300,000 people setting world records yesterday as part of the annual Guinness World Records Day.
Vatican to sue over doctored Pope image
The Vatican has vowed to take legal action against the Italian fashion chain Benetton over an advertising campaign featuring an image of the Pope kissing an imam. Lawyers acting for the Vatican were told to "take the proper legal measures" to stop any use of the doctored photo. MORE
Tracksuit trick gets Irish fan into dugout
An Irish football fan blagged his way into the manager's dugout for last week's Euro 2012 play-off against Estonia despite not having a ticket. Conor Cunningham "borrowed" an Estonian tracksuit and strolled in to take a place on the Estonia bench.
Church roofs lose their metal
Metal theft at Britain's churches has risen by 70 per cent this year, costing £4.25m. Criminals are still trying to plunder church roofs for lead even after they have been replaced by steel and zinc – prompting calls by English Heritage for churches to put up "Dear Thief..." warnings.
Pilot's toilet mishap prompts terror scare
A pilot accidentally locked himself in the toilet on a flight from North Carolina to New York and touched off a terror scare. The co-pilot alerted air-traffic controllers when a passenger with a "thick foreign accent" tried to alert the cockpit.
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