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The News Matrix: Monday 14 May 2012
Gay marriage not a priority – Hammond
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has broken ranks with the Government over plans to legislate for gay marriage. The first senior member of the Government to raise doubts over the Coalition's commitment, he said the issue was too controversial and not a priority with voters. MORE
Children held in degrading conditions
The UK Border Agency is detaining children in "degrading and disgraceful" conditions at Heathrow airport, an official report claims. A Border Force spokesman said the agency had raised the concerns with BAA, which provides the accommodation. BAA was unavailable for comment.
Coalition talks set to end in stalemate
The Greek President Karolos Papoulias met with the heads of three parties that emerged as the country's largest after last week's elections, in a final bid to form a coalition. As the day drew on without a breakthrough it seemed likely that Greeks will go to the polls again next month. MORE
Blair: Israel must save hunger-strikers
Tony Blair, envoy to the Middle East, has urged the Israeli government to take "all necessary measures" to avoid the deaths of Palestinian hunger-strikers. Some of the hunger-strikers, protesting at the practice of "administrative detention", have gone without food for over 70 days. MORE
Boss resigns over degree that wasn't
The Yahoo boss embroiled in a scandal over a non-existent computer science degree on his CV has stepped down. The internet search company confirmed yesterday that Scott Thompson had resigned.
Hard left leader to run against Le Pen
In France, the hard left will battle the far right for a parliamentary seat on 17 June. Jean-Luc Melenchon of the Front de Gauche, has announced that he will challenge the champion of the right, Marine Le Pen, for a constituency she has been nursing near Lille. The news comes amid a renewed volley of insult-slinging between the two losing candidates in the presidential election.MORE
Nearly half autistic workers are bullied
Nearly half of adults with autism have left or lost their job because of mistreatment at work – of those, a third had been bullied or discriminated against. They also claimed they had received poor support from their employer, according to a survey by the National Autistic Society. MORE
Experts warn of IVF dangers in Britain
Women and children are put at unnecessary risk by the aggressive fertility treatment practised in IVF clinics in Britain, experts have warned. The UK industry uses expensive, risky procedures, and high doses of drugs, they say. MORE
Ditched helicopter had faulty gearbox
Bond Offshore Helicopters, the owners of a helicopter that came down in the North Sea carrying 14 passengers last week, has grounded more aircraft after an investigation into the crash revealed a faulty gearbox shaft. MORE
Adventurer Bear Grylls praises Scouts
TV adventurer Bear Grylls has praised Scouts, saying he is "proud" of youngsters set to volunteer to help their communities. The survival expert, who is the UK's chief Scout, has commended youngsters who will scrub graffiti, renovate car homes and build habitats for bees as part of Scout Community Week.
Forger to imitate Renoir in new film
A master-forger who fooled the art world for decades is set to appear in a feature film – as the artist he imitated. Guy Ribes, who faked Renoir paintings, will appear painting canvases in a film on the French Impressionist master to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival. MORE
Baldrick's plan to lift passengers
In a cunning plan of Blackadder star Tony Robinson, weary passengers on trains between Birmingham and London and at Marylebone Station will be greeted with witty announcements written by actor and Green Wing writer Richard Preddy.
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