The News Matrix: Monday 02 January 2012


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Doctors want breast implant register

Women who have breast augmentation surgery should be issued with an implant "passport", surgeons said yesterday. They called for a national register, with the compulsory reporting of cases of rupture, after it was found that PIP, one make of implant, has a failure rate of 7 per cent. MORE

Budget boost for treatment at home

The Government has invested an extra £150m for patients to receive treatment at home rather than in hospital. A further £20m has been allocated to helping people to live independently. The health secretary said the money was available due to overall efficiency savings. MORE

Man charged with Boxing Day murder

A man has been charged with the murder of Anuj Bidve, who was shot dead in Salford on Boxing Day. Greater Manchester Police said Kiaran Mark Stapleton, 20, of Ordsall, had been arrested in connection with the attack. Officers have flown to India to meet Mr Bidve's family. MORE

UK teenage soldier killed in bomb blast

A soldier killed in an explosion in Helmand Province has been named as Private John King. The 19-year-old, from 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, was described by his family as a "tremendous son, brother and boyfriend" and a "proud soldier who died doing a job he adored". MORE

Anger at the use of Holocaust uniforms

Holocaust survivors were outraged over a demonstration yesterday in which ultra-Orthodox Jews wore Star of David patches and uniforms similar to those Jews wore in German concentration camps.

Missile-launch test provokes West

Iran continued to ramp up tension with the West over its nuclear programme yesterday, flexing its muscles by testing a medium-range missile close to the strategic waterway through which one-fifth of the world's oil passes. The surface-to-air missile was apparently fired in international waters during a 10-day military exercise. The weapon is designed to elude radar detection. MORE

Call for Arab League observers to leave

An advisory body to the Arab League yesterday demanded that the organisation withdraw its monitors from Syria, saying they are being used by the regime as a "cover" for continuing its abuses. The Arab Parliament said the observers should leave "immediately". MORE

Rail fares rise above the rate of inflation

Rail and Tube travellers face a more expensive commute to work today as fares rise above the rate of inflation. Ticket prices are up an average of six per cent, while some passengers must spend 8 per cent more on trips. The rise comes despite Network Rail being warned on poor punctuality.

FBI charge airport explosives suspect

A member of the US military was yesterday charged after attempting to pass through a security checkpoint at a Texas airport carrying explosives. Trey Scott Atwater, 30, was travelling back to North Carolina with his family after visiting relatives when he was stopped.

Campaign to protect railways from theft

The British Transport Police has launched a major campaign to protect railways against rising metal theft attacks. Rail tracks are seen as easy prey, and churches have become common targets as the price of metals rockets in value.

Exxon wins £585m in Venezuela dispute

Exxon Mobil has been awarded nearly £585m in compensation in its dispute with Venezuela, the oil giant said. It sought arbitration from the International Chamber of Commerce after the Venezuelan government nationalised an oil project in 2007.

Results 'won't really affect' national pride

Almost half of Britons said the UK's achievements at the Olympic Games would not really affect their national pride. A poll conducted by GlobeScan for BBC World Service asked 21,061 citizens across 21 countries how their countries' performance in the Olympic Games would affect them.

Botched jail break leaves nine dead

Nine inmates were killed in a botched prison break in the Democratic Republic of Congo yesterday after a prisoner pulled the pin on a grenade but did not throw it. Fifty people were wounded in the incident, said General Gaston Luzembo, the provincial chief of police.

Stolen Sam found after zoo break-in

A squirrel monkey known as Banana Sam who was stolen from the San Francisco Zoo last week was found yesterday "hungry, trembling and thirsty". Seventeen-year-old Sam was otherwise unhurt.

Murdoch signs up to the Twittersphere

Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch has joined Twitter – to the bemusement of the social network's users, who struggled to believe the account was real. News Corp confirmed the posts were being written by the 80-year-old who had amassed almost 25,000 followers in less than a day. MORE

Film fans may boost tourism figures

Steven Spielberg's War Horse and Daniel Radcliffe film The Woman In Black are among the films expected to help boost Britain's tourism industry. Both are set in the English countryside, and Visit England claims that fans the world over would flock to the sites on "location vacations". MORE

Treasured Rolling Stones tape emerges

A former tape operator who worked at a London recording studio during the 1960s could see his remix of the Rolling Stones track "As Tears Go By" used on one of the band's future albums. John Mackswith offered to help the Stones in finding rare records from their back catalogue. MORE

Lost wedding ring 'found on a carrot'

More than 16 years after she lost it, a Swedish woman claims to have found her wedding ring on a carrot growing in her garden. Lena Paahlsson told Dagens Nyheter newspaper she had long lost hope of finding the white-gold band with seven small diamonds, which she lost in her kitchen in 1995.