The News Matrix: Friday 7 November 2014


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MI5 intercepts lawyer-client secrets

UK security services have let their staff intercept communications between lawyers and clients for years, according to documents released today. The use of legally protected material obtained in this way by MI5 and GCHQ has been revealed thank to legal attempts by two Libyan victims of rendition to force the Government to disclose if it eavesdrops in this way.

AC/DC drummer on murder plot charge

New Zealand police yesterday charged AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd with attempting to procure murder, threatening to kill and possession of narcotics. The 60-year-old Australian entered no plea to the charges during a brief court appearance in Tauranga.

Boy ‘planned bomb attack on college’

A teenager has appeared in court accused of planning a Columbine- style attack on a Newcastle college. An army bomb disposal team was called in after police raided the home of Liam Lyburd, 18, on Monday. It followed a tip-off about comments on social media.

Rare bird flu strain found in Germany

Germany has detected a highly pathogenic bird flu strain which hit Asia severely but has never been reported in Europe, the World Organisation for Animal Health said yesterday. Turkeys were found infected with the H5N8 serotype of the disease on 4 November.

Cannibal suspect dies after being shot

A suspected murderer has died after being shot with a Taser gun by police who allegedly found him consuming the face of a woman. Matthew Williams, 34, is reported to have attacked his 22-year-old victim at The Sirhowy Arms Hotel in Argoed, South Wales. She later died.

Fraudster claimed al-Qaeda link

A fraudster who claimed he was a terrorist with links to al‑Qaeda has been jailed for 12 years. Hashem Omran, 55, said his assets had been frozen by the Government. A jury at Leeds Crown Court heard that Omran used this fictional asset freeze to con others out of £2.2m.

Murdered teacher fund hits £32,000

The family of murdered teacher Ann Maguire have thanked those who sent messages of support and hope to harness the goodwill through the arts education fund in her memory. Contributions have topped £32,000.

Netanyahu calls for end to violence

The Israeli Prime Minister has emphasised there will be no change in the status of a Jerusalem holy site amid rising tensions in the area.  Benjamin Netanyahu’s comments came a day after Jordan recalled its ambassador in protest at a police assault on al-Aqsa compound.

A chorus of disapproval

The Royal Opera House’s latest production has been met with boos, in what some are seeing as a new phenomenon brought in from the continent and encouraged on social media. The staging of the Mozart opera, with a rubber shark and children brandishing machine guns, has had mixed reviews.

Bat’s ultrasound leaves rivals in a jam

A species of bat jams its rivals’ sonars when foraging for food, scientists have found. The Mexican free-tailed bat emits an ultrasonic call that interferes with other bats’ echolocation. In effect, it’s a natural version of the electronic countermeasures used in human warfare to confuse tracking systems.

Mogul donates his £500m collection

Hollywood mogul Jerry Perenchio is donating works by Monet, Degas, Picasso and other artists, valued at $500m (£316m), in the largest gift ever made to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The 83-year-old former TV executive will donate at least 47 masterworks of Impressionism and Modernism.

Fans awakened by new ‘Star Wars’ name

Star Wars film-makers have finally revealed the name of the next film as The Force Awakens, after months of speculation among fans. The film is the seventh in the science-fiction series and has been shooting for a number of months, including in UK locations. It is set 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jedi.

Downton dog sets tongues wagging

Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville has rubbished speculation that Isis the dog is being killed off because she shares her name with the terrorist group in the Middle East. The actor, who plays Lord Grantham in the hit ITV period drama, branded anyone who had drawn such a conclusion a “complete berk”.