The News Matrix: Friday 20 September 2013


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Pupils struggling to spell basic words

More than a quarter of children are unable to spell words such as “boiled”, “chief”, “future”  and “surprised”, a new spelling test has shown. Ministers claimed the results were a vindication of their decision to introduce the new test as part of the national  curriculum SATs exams for 11-year-olds in English and maths.

Putin optimistic about Syria plan

Vladimir Putin used a meeting with international Russia experts yesterday to say that he could not be 100 per cent certain a plan for the destruction of Syrian chemical  arms would be carried out successfully but he saw reason to hope it would. MORE

Six officers face misconduct inquiry

Six police officers are under investigation for gross misconduct after the death of a disabled man in Bristol. Bijan Ebrahimi was found alight in Brislington after allegedly being seriously assaulted in July. The IPCC said the six had been served with notices of gross misconduct.

Editor forced to flee after death threats

A journalist at a Sri Lankan newspaper known for antagonising the government has been forced to leave the country following death threats and an attack on her home. Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema, an associate editor of the Sunday Leader, left this week for an undisclosed country.

Court of Protection ‘should go public’

More cases heard by the Court of Protection should be made public, the senior judge in charge of the court said yesterday. Mr Justice Charles revealed that new guidance will soon be published telling  judges when and how to publish their rulings.

Death of Nintendo’s games master

Hiroshi Yamauchi, who ran Nintendo for more than 50 years and led the games company’s transition from a producer of traditional playing cards into the video game giant, has died aged 85.

Funeral turns into anti-fascist rally

Hundreds of mourners threw flowers and chanted anti-fascist slogans yesterday during the funeral of Pavlos Fyssas, a 34-year-old hip-hop and rap singer, stabbed to death in a killing blamed on a member of the extreme right-wing Golden Dawn party. Fyssas died on Wednesday from stab wounds to the chest. MORE

Ministers ‘misled MPs over arms deals’

Foreign Secretary William Hague and Defence Secretary Philip Hammond are among ministers accused of “misleading” MPs about Britain’s arms exports. MPs have demanded an explanation as to why export licences were granted for arms to be sent to countries with questionable human-rights records. MORE