The News Matrix: Friday 22 June 2012


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Breivik could end up in mental institution

Prosecutors asked a court yesterday to send Anders Behring Breivik to a mental institution instead of prison as punishment for his massacre of 77 people last July. Breivik could spend the rest of his life in psychiatric care if the court agrees when it issues its ruling next month. MORE

Selection of new premier hits snag

Attempts to select a new prime minister veered towards farce as a court issued an arrest warrant for the man chosen by President Asif Ali Zardari to be his next premier. The vacancy came after the Supreme Court disqualified Yousaf Raza Gilani for his contempt of court conviction.

UK man's 'final' death sentence is quashed

The last man sentenced to death in the UK has had his conviction quashed. Liam Holden, 58, told a court that he confessed to murdering paratrooper Frank Bell in Belfast 40 years ago after six hours of torture at the hands of the Parachute Regiment. He was released on licence in 1989.

Plans to nationalise cannabis market

Uruguay has unveiled plans to nationalise its cannabis market and become the first government in the world to sell the drug in a bid to curb narcotics-fuelled crime. The measure is aimed at reducing the power of drugs gangs and controlling the growing number of users. MORE

Dissident Ai 'may face porn charge'

The Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei was warned yesterday he may face bigamy and pornography charges, even as police lifted bail conditions that had kept him under virtual house arrest in Beijing.

Just 8 per cent of doctors go on strike

Only 8 per cent of hospital doctors and a quarter of GPs took part in industrial action yesterday as efforts to raise awareness of their pensions dispute with the Government drew little support from the public. Doctors' leaders have been forced to consider a change of strategy as health professionals turned up to work in their droves. MORE

Dozens of asylum seekers perish at sea

The latest in a series of asylum-seeker tragedies was playing out in the Indian Ocean last night, where at least 75 people are believed to have drowned after their boat capsized and a second ran into trouble. Ninety people were still missing late last night from the first boat. MORE

Lawyer for family of crash victim appears

A lawyer representing the family of a boy who died in the Swiss coach accident this year will appear at the Leveson inquiry. Sebastian Bowles, 11, was one of 22 children who died in the crash. Also appearing are former heritage minister David Mellor and Nick Clegg's adviser Tim Colbourne.

Sell while we're winning, says Dizzee

With England facing Italy in the Euro 2012 quarter-finals on Sunday, rapper Dizzee Rascal dashed into the studio yesterday to record an "emergency" anthem. He has re-worked "Shout (For England)" – the 2010 World Cup song he made with James Corden. MORE

If you're skinny, this gym won't take you

A Vancouver gym has banned "skinny people" from using its facilities to help plus-size customers feel more comfortable. "Many of our clients have not had successful fitness pasts so I can see the anxiety and I can see the relief and happiness after we finish," said the founder of Body Exchange.

Wedding toasts gay comic-book union

A same-sex couple got married at a comic-book shop in New York this week to celebrate the first gay superhero wedding to appear in a new edition of a Marvel comic, Astonishing X-Men. The store specially delayed its opening for Scott Everhart from Ohio and Jason Welker to tie the knot.

Fans' Euro 2012 flag is a global winner

A flag made by Irish football fans which poked fun at the EU-IMF bailout of Ireland will be auctioned off to raise funds for a child suffering from cancer. The Euro 2012 flag, which reads: "Angela Merkel thinks we're at work," has made headlines around the world.