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The News Matrix: Monday 20 May 2013

Two men hanged after spying charges

Iran’s state radio says authorities have executed two men convicted of spying for Israel’s Mossad and the CIA. The report said Mohammad Heidari, who was accused of working for Mossad, and Kourosh Ahmadi, who allegedly gave the CIA intelligence on Iran, were hanged.

Man dies after being shot on Saturday

A 31-year-old man has died after a gunman opened fire on him and two others in Hove, East Sussex. The man from Kent was fatally wounded at 11.30pm on Saturday. Police have said the “horrific” attack was not gang related. The killer is at large, but is not considered to be a risk.

Mairead Philpott to appeal her sentence

Mairead Philpott, jailed along with husband Mick after being found guilty of the manslaughter of their six children, is to appeal against the length of her sentence. Defence barrister Shaun Smith QC confirmed that her 17-year jail term would be challenged at the Court of Appeal.

Tanks and planes bombard Qusair

Troops backed by tanks and warplanes have launched an assault on a rebel-held town near the Lebanese border, killing at least 30 people activists said. Qusair has been besieged for weeks by regime troops and pro-government gunmen.  MORE

Celebrities boost the bills in Elmbridge

Elmbridge, a leafy borough in south-west London, has the highest income tax bills in the country. Wealthy celebrity residents such as Elton John, left, and Cliff Richard pushed the average to £16,100.

Too few doctors for out-of-hours service

Harmoni, a private company which took over running GP out-of-hours services in north London, has been severely criticised by the National Health Service (NHS) regulator for its failings. The Care Quality Commission found that the company did not provide enough doctors to cover services in the area, despite it earning £100m a year from NHS contracts. MORE

Killing prompts opposition dispute

Gunmen killed Zara Shahid, a senior member of the former cricketer Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party on Saturday night, the latest violent incident in a bloody election campaign and one that set off a war of words between Pakistan’s two major opposition parties over responsibility for the killing.

Man killed as plane crash-lands

A light aircraft crash at Caernarfon Aiport in Gwynedd, Wales, has left one man dead and two others critically ill. The aircraft is thought to have crashed and flipped while landing. Police said the three on board were a family from Lancashire. A man in his 60s and a boy were taken to hospital in Bangor.

Space creatures land in southern Russia

A capsule carrying mice and lizards has returned to Earth after a month in space. The experiment was meant to test the effects of weightlessness on cell structure. Not all of the animals survived the flight, which landed 50 miles from Kazakhstan.

Hapless tourists land in wrong country

A couple from Los Angeles boarded what they thought was a flight to Dakar, Senegal – and ended up in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The couple, who thought the flight attendant was pronouncing Dakar with a Turkish accent, are now seeking compensation.

Pocket dialling ends badly for burglars

Police in Fresno, California, listened to two men plan and carry out a car burglary when one of them accidentally dialled 911 on his mobile phone. They were caught.

Women care more about fictional men

One in 10 British women cares more about a fictional male character – from James Bond to Christian Grey – than their real-life partner, according to new research.

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