The News Matrix: Monday 17 September 2012


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Anti-Japanese street protests

Police used pepper spray and tear gas to break up an anti-Japan protest in southern China yesterday as demonstrators took to the streets in scores of cities. The protests followed Japan's decision last week to buy the disputed islands which Tokyo calls the Senkaku and Beijing calls the Diaoyu and which could contain valuable gas reserves. MORE

Fresh faces take top single and album

There are two new names at the top of the UK charts as The Script and The xx celebrate a number one single ("Hall of Fame") and album (Coexist), respectively.

British soldiers among six killed

Afghan forces – or insurgents dressed in their uniforms – killed six Nato troops in two separate attacks at the weekend. Two of the dead were British soldiers, shot when they went to the aid of a man who pretended to be injured. Eight women were reported killed in a Nato air-strike in the east of the country. MORE

Strictly returns with a cha-cha-cha

Strictly Come Dancing had its biggest launch for three years as it returned to BBC1 on Saturday. The first show in the series was watched by eight million viewers.

Queuing for a charity phone call

Two charity fundraisers are hoping to raise thousands of pounds for Cancer Research UK after camping out for a week at the Apple store in Covent Garden, London, with the aim of becoming the first owners of the new iPhone 5.

More troops protect US diplomatic posts

The US has sent extra troops to protect "personnel and property" at America's diplomatic outposts across the Muslim world, after ordering an evacuation of all but emergency staff from Tunisia and . The government also advised citizens not to visit either country until anger over a video mocking the Prophet Mohammed has died down. MORE

Criminal charges sought for Kate pics

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to make a criminal complaint against the photographer who took topless pictures of her, St James's Palace said last night. Lawyers will present the complaint to the French prosecutor today. The couple want the photographer or photographers to be charged for invading their privacy. MORE

Leveson report 'will cause a rift'

Actor and anti-phone hacking campaigner Hugh Grant is predicting that Lord Justice Leveson will advocate the introduction of an independent news regulator in his recommendations on future press regulation, with the media and general public splitting into two camps in response. MORE

Slurry victims were trying to save pet

Two senior health and safety executives were yesterday probing the deaths of 22-year-old Ulster rugby player Nevin Spence, his brother Graham, 30, and father Noel, 52, at the family home near Hillsborough in County Down, Northern Ireland on Saturday evening. It is thought all three men died after an attempt to save a pet dog from a slurry tank. MORE

Hockey-stick cop scores an own goal

A senior police officer who had been overseeing a crackdown on Mumbai's unlicensed and illegal bars and clubs while personally brandishing a hockey stick has been transferred amid fears the operation was damaging Mumbai's reputation. MORE