The News Matrix: Friday 27 June 2014


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DNA tests offered  in paternity cases

Complimentary DNA tests are to be trialled in family courts in England in order to speed up paternity disputes, the justice minister, Simon Hughes, has announced. Schemes in Bristol and Taunton have been launched in some family courts for children over the age of 10, to try to prevent lengthy arguments which have been slowing down proceedings.

Man knifes six women at airport

A man attacked and wounded six women with a knife at an airport terminal in La Paz. The extent of the injuries was not yet known and police provided no immediate official information about the incident, which occurred yesterday morning. The man was held by airport personnel.

Woman jailed over false rape claims

A trainee lawyer who accused her boyfriend of a series of rapes has been jailed for three-and-a-half years. Rhiannon Brooker, 30, falsely claimed her boyfriend Paul Fensome, 46, forced her to have sex with him. She was convicted of 12 charges of perverting the course of justice.

More unemployed than ever before

More people were out of a job in France in May than ever before, Labour Ministry data showed on Thursday, with the record total further undermining President François Hollande’s pledge to bring unemployment down. The number of jobless rose by 24,800 to 3.38m.

10-year survey to value Queen’s art

The Queen’s collection of paintings, which include famous works by Rembrandt and Gainsborough, is to be fully surveyed for the first time in centuries. The Royal Collection features more than 7,500 oil works, and it could take more than 10 years to complete the survey.

Circumcision rituals kill 11 young men

Eleven young men have died so far this year in botched circumcision rituals that have killed hundreds in past years. The Government said seven of the deaths happened in Eastern Cape province. The circumcision ceremonies are meant to usher youths into manhood.

Men’s final tickets going for £17,000

Tickets for the men’s final at Wimbledon are being sold for as much as £17,000 by an online ticket seller. Viagogo lists tickets for the match on 6 July are being sold for 115 times their face value of £148.

Woman’s body found in flat after six years

A woman’s corpse has been found in her flat in Dorset six years after she died. Neighbours thought Anne Leitrim, who was in her seventies and lived near Bournemouth, had moved away. A bailiff, estate agent and two locksmiths broke into the flat on Tuesday and discovered the remains.

Police ban Paris treasure hunt

The Twitter phenomenon that is  @HiddenCash has taken the world by storm. But social media users in Paris have been left disappointed after the craze’s founder, the American millionaire Jason Buzi, was banned by the police from  hosting a money-grabbing event this weekend.

Hollywood comedy  ‘is an act of war’

Pyongyang has reacted angrily  to reports that Hollywood is to release a comedy about plots to assassinate a leader called Jim Jon-un. They denounced The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, as an “act of war” and threatened “merciless countermeasures” unless the film is cancelled.

Pack your brolly  for first 4D cinema

If you enjoy 3D blockbusters but think they could use an extra dimension, you’re in luck. The Regal Cinema in Los Angeles has become the first US multiplex to unveil a “4D” auditorium – that’s 3D plus features such as “motion, wind, strobe, fog, mist, rain and ‘scent-based’ effects”.

Lilo lined up for Mamet in West End

US actress Lindsay Lohan is to make her stage debut in London’s West End later this year. The Mean Girls and Freaky Friday actress will appear in Speed-The-Plow , David Mamet’s satirical look at the film industry, from September. Lohan will play a temporary secretary in the production at the Playhouse.

Collins donates Alamo artefacts

Phil Collins was in San Antonio, Texas, yesterday, to announce the donation of his collection of artefacts related to the 1836 Battle of the Alamo and the Texas Revolution. The 63-year-old Genesis singer-drummer (below) was looking for a home for his collection. It has mostly been kept at his home in Switzerland.