The News Matrix: Friday 20 July 2012


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Microsoft reports first quarterly loss

Microsoft has reported its first quarterly loss, blaming an accounting adjustment to reflect a weak online advertising business. It paid $6.3bn for aQuantive, only to see Google expand its share of the online ad market, prompting a $492m loss in the April to June quarter.

Get the bus or Tube, ministers told

Cabinet ministers are furious at being ordered to use public transport rather than Government cars to get to events at the Olympics. Downing Street has banned ministers from taking cars altogether, fearing bad publicity if ministers are caught using special Olympic fast lanes. MORE

Suicide bomber 'caught on CCTV'

Bulgarian officials have blamed a deadly suicide attack on a bus full of Israeli tourists on a lanky, long-haired man who had a fake Michigan driver's licence and was caught on CCTV. Israel has attributed a series of attacks on its citizens around the world in recent months to Iran. MORE

RAF helicopter in crash landing

An RAF helicopter crash landed in a field after apparently hitting power lines close to the seaside resort of Saundersfoot in Pembrokeshire, west Wales, the MoD confirmed last night. Six air crew and passengers on board were unhurt but the aircraft sustained damage.

Killing 'was all part of God's plan'

George Zimmerman, the neighbourhood watch volunteer charged with killing Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, wants to apologise to his victim's parents but insists the incident was all part of "God's plan".

Green's pressure over HSBC scandal

Britain's Trade Minister, Lord Green, is under mounting pressure to reveal what he knew about the money-laundering scandal at HSBC when he was the bank's chief executive and chairman. Lord Green was branded "the invisible man" yesterday as the bank was also implicated in the interest rate fixing scandal which has rocked the City of London. MORE

Economic woes damage President

The honeymoon for François Hollande appears to be ending as he tries to deal with an announcement from Peugeot Citroen that it is cutting 8,000 jobs. Mr Hollande's ratings started to fall after an EU treaty on fiscal rules was made without changing the constitution. MORE

Supermarket summit over milk

Supermarkets have been called to a Government summit over plummeting milk prices as dairy farmers threaten to bring supplies to a standstill. Chefs Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall called for shoppers to boycott grocers who pay below the cost of production. MORE

Political turmoil puts nation on brink

One million Yemeni children face severe malnutrition within months as families struggle to pay for food in one of the Arab world's poorest countries, the UN World Food Programme has warned. Political turmoil has pushed Yemen to the brink of a humanitarian crisis.

Murder rate drops to 30-year low

The number of killings in Britain has dropped to its lowest level in almost three decades, it was revealed yesterday, with crime in general on a continued down trend. Opportunistic theft, however, saw a rise of 2 per cent. MORE

At least 68 dead in ferry disaster

Rescue workers fought rough seas yesterday to search for survivors after a ferry sank near the Indian Ocean archipelago of Zanzibar. At least 68 people were confirmed dead and 145 were rescued after the craft capsized near Chumbe island.

Barack's bachelor pad up for rent

The New York apartment where Barack Obama lived in the 1980s is available for rent. The website listing states: "Live Like the President!!!" But a Citi Habitats broker listing the apartment this week told the Wall Street Journal the apartment was just "a typical walk-up".

Teen gets stuck in child's swing

A teenager had to be cut free after becoming trapped in a child's swing. The 18-year-old woman was rescued by five firefighters using bolt-cutters after she got stuck at a play park in Edinburgh. She was uninjured.

Student's game show may strike it rich

A student's idea for a "psychological game show" could be heading to TV after Warner Brothers picked it up. Sean O'Riordan created Newton's Law as a project at the National Film and Television School in London. He said: "It's about how far you'd go for the other person in your life."

More than 1,500 turtles escape farm

More than 1,500 turtles have made a slow-speed escape from their farm in the US. Turtle farmer David Driver told sheriff's officials he suspects vandals are to blame for tearing down fences around his turtle ponds, allowing the turtles to make a beeline to nearby ponds and creeks.

Jason's left a bit below par by Rory

Golf fan Jason Blue, 16, from Bristol, escaped with a bruise after being hit on the head by a drive from Rory McIlroy at The Open yesterday. He received first aid just behind the 15th fairway before McIlroy apologised and gave him an autographed glove. the open, p60-61

Voting booths for expats doubled

The government has doubled the number of overseas polling stations for a referendum it hopes will impeach President Traian Basescu for overstepping his powers, after a court ruled that more than half the electorate needed to vote on 29 July for the result to be valid.

Two climbers finish 'unclimbed' route

Two Scottish climbers have completed what has been described as the last great unclimbed route in the Himalayas. Rick Allen, from Aberdeen, and Sandy Allan, from Newtonmore, ascended the peak of Nanga Parbat in Pakistan via the Mazeno Ridge on Sunday.

Ice-T raps new wave of hip-hop artists

Rap superstar Ice-T has criticised the state of the rap music scene. Launching his directorial film debut in London last night, the 54-year-old said he was unimpressed with today's hip-hop artists, saying: "It's just pop. It lacks concept – most tracks are about clubbing and partying."

Sleepy hamlet owed fortune by Berlin

The hamlet of Mittenwalde could become rich if Berlin were to repay it an outstanding debt that dates back to 1562. A certificate of debt attests that Mittenwalde lent Berlin 400 guilders on May 28 1562, to be repaid with six per cent interest per year. That would amount to €112m today.